Florida State QB Deondre Francois has been kicked off the team. What now for the Seminoles?
Florida State quarterback Deondre Francois has been dismissed by head coach Willie Taggart after a video surfaced from a girlfriend alleging abuse.
In just over two seasons, Francois completed 58% of his passes for 6,291 yards and 36 touchdowns with 21 picks, and he ran for eight touchdowns.
He missed most of his 2017 season after suffering a broken leg against Alabama in the season opener, but he came back, won the starting job last year under Taggart, and threw for 2,731 yards and 15 touchdowns with 12 picks in the underwhelming, losing season.
So now what? What’s the Florida State quarterback situation going into the spring?
Backup quarterback James Blackman entered his name into the NCAA transfer portal in mid-January, but he can still come back to Florida State. He’s expected to return, and after this with Francois, expect him to the odds-on favorite to take over the job.
He stepped in when Francois went down in 2017 and completed 58% of his passes for 2,230 yards and 19 touchdowns with 11 picks. Louisville transfer Jordan Travis is in the mix if he’s eligible, but it’ll be Blackman’s gig to lose if he really is back.
Backup Bailey Hockman transferred to NC State, and J.J. Cosentino is no longer with the program … and now, FSU needs more quarterback options.
Taggert lost Sam Howell to North Carolina in the early signing period, and there aren’t any quarterbacks currently signed on in the recent recruiting class.
Among the grad transfer quarterbacks who have yet to find a home, Virginia Tech’s Josh Jackson would make the most sense, and Texas A&M’s Nick Starkel would be an instant factor in the mix. But again, Blackman would almost certainly be the No. 1 going into spring ball.
No matter who has the job, the offense should be more explosive and a whole lot faster under new offensive coordinator Kendal Briles. Leading receiver Nyqwan Murray is gone, but the next six top targets are back along with leading running back Cam Akers.