ATLANTA, Georgia, USA (sentinel.ht) – The third-ranked Florida State Seminoles lost quarterback Deondre Francois for the rest of the season due to an injury endured Saturday evening against the top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide. The sophomore, Francois, underwent a successful surgery on Sunday for the injury to the patellar tendon in his left knee.
Surgery today was a success! Thank you so much to everyone who sent their thoughts, prayers and support. The power of prayer is amazing and I appreciate it more than you know! It seems terrible right now but God is teaching me a valuable lesson about life and I know this is all apart of his plan. I love and miss my brothers and I know they'll play for me and give it all they got. From the bottom of my heart 1️⃣2️⃣ will be back better than before… God willingly 🙏🏾⏳ Jeremiah 29:11 Philippians 4:13 Psalms 27
Francois will probably be replaced by freshman James Blackman, who has yet to attempt a pass in college. As Francois is lost for the season, so too is any chance that Florida State can realistically fulfill its CFP ambition. Maybe Blackman will surprise us, like Francois did a year ago, but he can’t be expected to match Francois’ contribution.
“What Deondre gives you is hope, hope that he’s always going to make a play and hope that you’re never out of a game,” Head Coach Jimbo Fisher told ESPN’s Chris Low in August. “And when your quarterback is one of the toughest guys on your team, that’s when you’ve really got something.”