Late in Florida State’s disappointing season opener against Alabama, starting quarterback Deondre Francois went down with a left knee injury after being rolled up on from behind by Crimson Tide defensive back Ronnie Harrison.
Francois remained on the ground while being tended to by trainers, before he was helped off the field, placed in a heavy brace and carted to the locker room.
There was no official word on Francois’ injury, but according to ESPN.com the Seminoles fear it could be significant.
At his post-game press conference, Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher said he had yet to talk to his starting quarterback.
“I just — again, I saw him and I hugged him and told him I’m sorry he’s hurt, we’ll get the diagnosis and I love him and we’ll figure out what we’ve got to do from here,” Fisher said.”
Fisher was then asked if he feared the Seminoles would be without Francois for an extended period of time.
“Oh, I’m definitely concerned because that’s your starting quarterback and the kind of player he is and what he has. But we’ll get the guys behind him and we’ll rep those guys and play and we’ll go on,” he added. “Again, we have great people around him and do the things we’ve got to do.”
If Francois remaines unavailable, freshman James Blackman is the next man up. Blackman came in as relief for Francois after his injury against the Tide.
“As of right now we will, most likely [go with Blackman],” Fisher said. “That’s where we are, but we’ll evaluate this week and see.”
Francois will undergo further evaluation on his leg throughout the week. If he is set to miss an extended period of time, it’s a devastating blow to Florida State and their national title hopes.
The Seminoles return to action next weekend against Louisiana-Monroe. Kickoff at Doak Campbell Stadium is set for 7:00 p.m. ET on the ACC Network.