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Source: Former FSU QB makes transfer decision

Former Florida State quarterback Deondre Francois has had a tumultuous offseason. The Seminoles dismissed Francois from the team in February and all was quiet for the quarterback until it was announced he’d be walking on at Florida Atlantic for his final two years of eligibility. Shortly after Owls QB Chris Robison was reinstated by head coach Lane Kiffin, rumors started to circulate that Francois wouldn’t be heading to Boca Raton and instead was still considering his options. Then, it was reported that the former four-star prospect was visiting FCS Alabama State with the intentions of possibly transferring there.

Now, a source tells NoleGamesday that Francois will ultimately end up at Hampton University of the Big South Conference. The source went on to say that no one wanted to take a chance on the Orlando native following his off-field issues in Tallahassee which is why he ended up having to drop down to the FCS.

The Pirates went 7-3 in 2018 and have a chance to be even better with Francois at the helm. Hampton lost two-year starter Delmon Williams over the offseason to graduation so the starting job is open for the taking. HU is currently projected to return its top two running backs and four of its top five receivers in 2019. Some of the top games for Hampton this upcoming season include road trips to Liberty and Charleston Southern as well as a home contest against Kennesaw State.



Francois concluded his four-year career at Florida State by completing 58% of his passes for 6,291 yards with 36 touchdowns to 21 interceptions in 25 career starts. While ‘Noles fans will always remember the 6-foot-1 quarterback’s play in the epic comeback over Ole Miss in 2016 en route to an Orange Bowl win later that season, it was clear that a change was needed. Francois will now have a chance to get a fresh start in Virginia.

UPDATE 8/5:

Though some media attempted to refute our reports on Francois. The news was officially confirmed a few days ago when Deondre Francois took the field with Hampton for fall practice. He’s a grad-transfer with immediate eligibility that could possibly get a waiver for a second year.

 


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