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Deondre Francois to stay at Florida State

Deondre Francois/Instagram

Florida State quarterback Deondre Francois has officially announced his decision to return for his senior season. He made the announcement on Instagram, letting all of Seminole Nation that he plans to be back in Tallahassee.

This is certainly an interesting development after whispers of Francois transferring from FSU persisted throughout the season and following it. Regardless, his return leaves the ‘Noles with two ample scholarship quarterbacks and another who will be ready to produce in the future.

Obviously, the 2018 season didn’t go how anyone expected during Willie Taggart‘s debut season. The offensive line was simply pathetic and the units incompetency hindered Florida State’s offense from getting in a rhythm all year. It was all Francois’ first season back since suffering a major injury.

Whether it was a confidence issue or a refusal to run the offense correctly, for some reason, Francois didn’t run the ball nearly as much as was expected in this system. He rushed just 78 times in 12 games. Comparing that to his redshirt freshman year, where Francois logged 108 carries, it’s easy to see that something was wrong in 2018.

Francois and James Blackman will likely battle for the starting job during spring practice and the summer. It remains to be seen if the veteran quarterback would decide to transfer if he loses his spot to Blackman.

The Orlando native has completed 58% of his passes for 6,291 yards with 36 touchdowns to 21 interceptions during his career at Florida State.


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