FSU quarterback suffers season-ending injury
|Sunday, September 3, 2017 6:58 PM- -|
Florida State junior quarterback Deondre Francois suffered a left leg injury during Florida State's 24-7 loss to No. 1 Alabama on Saturday night.
Francois was holding his left knee and was helped off the field by the training staff without putting any weight on his leg. He was carted off to the locker room praying during the fourth quarter of the game and was seen with crutches and a knee brace on his left leg.
“I saw him, and I hugged him and told him I'm sorry he's hurt,” FSU coach Jimbo Fisher after the game via the Orlando Sentinel.
“We'll get the diagnosis, and I love him, and we'll figure out what we've got to do from here.”
The injury news on Sunday night is not good for Florida State as Francois is out for the season with a torn patella tendon and scheduled to have surgery as early as Tuesday.
Francois was 19-for-32 for 210 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions against the tough Alabama defense. Last season, he passed for 3,350 yards which were the most by an FBS freshman in 2016 and the fifth most in Florida State history according to ESPN Stats and Info.
The new starting quarterback for the Seminoles will more than likely be true freshman James Blackman.
Emotional, Francois exits the field on a medical cart pic.twitter.com/NzNYiFhWXO— Brendan Sonnone (@BSonnone) September 3, 2017
Really bummed for FSU QB Deondre Francois. There is not a tougher QB in CFB. Hope he comes back stronger than ever next season. #NOLES— Danny Kanell (@dannykanell) September 3, 2017
Really hate it for Deondre Francois. Good kid. Good player.— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) September 3, 2017
Rough blow for Francois man, dudes a baller they'll miss his leadership for sure— Tajh Boyd (@TajhB10) September 4, 2017
Thoughts to Deondre Francois.— Marty Smith (@MartySmithESPN) September 4, 2017
A great player and leader with the heart of a lion.
In addition to losing its starting QB, FSU also loses one of its best leaders. The team fed off of Deondre Francois' toughness and resolve.— Chris Low (@ClowESPN) September 4, 2017
I hate to see the young fella Deondre Francois go down. Heal up young man. Come back betta than ever! #bless— Plaxico Burress (@plaxicoburress) September 4, 2017