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‘NOLES: Florida State QB Francois Out for Season

Florida State quarterback Deondre Francois is expected to miss the remainder of the season after sustaining a patellar tendon injury in his left knee.

The sophomore was injured during the Seminoles’ season-opening 24-7 loss to Alabama on Saturday. He is expected to undergo surgery on Tuesday, according to the Tallahassee Democrat.
Francois injured his left knee after being sacked by Crimson Tide safety Ronnie Harrison in the fourth quarter. He was prone on the turf in pain and was unable to put weight on the leg as he was helped off the field.

Francois was later spotted on crutches with a brace on the knee.

Harrison took to Twitter to offer his well wishes to Francois. “Praying for @_Dirtie12 , Hit was Not Intentional!” Harrison wrote.

Florida State will now start a true freshman at quarterback for the first time since the 1985 season.

“You coach what the guy can do,” said head coach Jimbo Fisher said. “You don’t change the way you coach; you coach the same. One of the things I was encouraged about in camp was what he did in our scrimmages. He was going against our 1s in every scrimmage. He went against that and produced and made a lot of good plays against a very good defense. He made a lot of throws, a lot of decisions, a lot of run reads.

Freshman James Blackman came on in place of Francois, who completed 19 of 33 passes for 210 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions against Alabama. Last season, Francois threw for 3,350 yards with 20 touchdowns.

“We’ll go out there and coach and do the things we do. The big thing is, you think there has to be drastic change. There doesn’t. We just have to continue to do what we do well,” added Fisher.

Fisher said Blackman will get the nod when the Seminoles host Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday in Tallahassee. Blackman receives a bit a warm up in Week 2 before a big rivalry game against Miami the following week.

Fisher estimated a four to seven-month recovery time with the possibility of Francois “doing drills and such in spring ball, when he wouldn’t get hit anyway. But you have to wait and see how the rehab and everything else goes.”

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