The Florida State football program has announced its starting quarterback entering the 2018 season. On Monday, Aug. 27, first-year Seminoles head coach Willie Taggart announced that Deondre Francois will be the team’s starter when they take on the Virginia Tech Hokies in the season-opener.
Francois earned the starting gig after suffering a season-ending injury to his patella tendon in the team’s season-opener a year ago against the Alabama Crimson Tide.
The redshirt junior beat out true sophomore James Blackman, who replaced him Francois a year ago, for the job.
“I think when you watch the body of work in the short amount of time that he’s been out there running the offense he was just a lot more efficient,” Taggart said, via Tallahassee.com. “He made a lot less mistakes, and I think that’s important for the position.”
As a redshirt freshman, Francois threw for 3,350 yards, 20 touchdowns, and seven interceptions.
Florida State opens its season on Labor Day Sept. 3. Kickoff between the No. 19 Seminoles and No. 20 Hokies at Doak Campbell Stadium is set for 8:00 p.m. ET on ESPN.