As first reported by the Tallahassee Democrat, FSU quarterback Deondre Francois will be returning for his senior season. There was much speculation that Francois would transfer or declare for the NFL since the end of the Seminoles’ season, including an article by the Orlando Sentinel stating that he intended to declare. Now though, Francois has made it official that he will be donning the garnet and gold next season.
Now with the surprising return of Francois, there will be another quarterback battle in Tallahassee over the off season. Last year, three quarterbacks: Francois along with freshman Bailey Hockman and James Blackman all competed to run the ship. With Hockman’s transfer, many FSU assumed Blackman would take the reigns as the starting quarterback, with the expectation being Francois would leave.
This could be a major positive for the Seminoles, but a lot of their success next season depends on if the offensive line can improve. Regardless of who is under center, if they have no time to throw, it won’t matter. With his return, Francois is not the guaranteed start, with another possible transfer coming in (rumored to be Alabama’s Jalen Hurts if he decides to leave Tuscaloosa. Now for the second straight season, there will be a QB competition in Tallahassee, and the result could make-or-break Willie Taggart’s tenure as head coach.