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Ex-Florida State QB Deondre Francois enters transfer portal

As expected, quarterback Deondre Francois is on his way out of Florida State.

According to SEC Network analyst Cole Cubelic, Francois has entered the NCAA’s transfer portal a day after he was dismissed from the team.

Francois was kicked off the team Sunday after a video posted on his girlfriend’s Instagram account featured audio of a man threatening to assault a woman, with the caption indicating that Francois was the man in question.

Even before the video surfaced, Francois appeared to be on his way out of Florida State. It’s unclear where he will land, but it’s almost certain that he’ll take a step down if he lands at a different program.

Report: Deondre Francois will not return to Florida State

Florida State quarterback Deondre Francois will leave the school to either transfer or go pro, according to a report.

According to Chris Hays and Chaunte’l Powell of the Orlando Sentinel, Francois is expected to evaluate his NFL stock in the coming weeks. If he gets positive feedback, he is expected to enter the NFL Draft. If not, he is expected to transfer.

Francois has one season of eligibility left and would be able to play next season as a graduate transfer. Should he remain in college, he would look for a school with a need at quarterback and a good offensive line.

The frustration Francois has with his protection is pretty clear at this point. He’s battled injuries and been hit a lot during his Seminoles career, and he showed signs of being pretty fed up with it this season. It sounds like priority number one if he does stay in school.

UPDATE: Francois denied the report.

Handing out college football midseason awards for 2018

Tua Tagovailoa

We’re midway through college football season, but that’s not too early to hand out some hardware for standout teams and player — for both good and bad reasons. There’s the Heisman, of course, but we’ve put together our own set of awards to recognize some of the leading lights of the 2018 college football season so far.

Here are ten of our midseason award winners for the 2018 college football season.

Heisman Trophy — Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama

This is still open enough that someone could come in and take it from Tagovailoa, but the Alabama quarterback doesn’t look like he intends to loosen his grip on the award. He’s completed 75 percent of his passes, has thrown 18 touchdowns without any interceptions, and is the offensive backbone of the best team in the nation — something that should not be underrated. He has to be considered the clear favorite at the moment, and unless he regresses quickly, will probably stay that way.

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Watch: Frustrated Florida State QB appears to snub offensive lineman

Florida State logo

Saturday was a miserable day for the Florida State Seminoles, particularly quarterback Deondre Francois.

Francois was sacked four times as his offensive line struggled mightily in a loss to the Syracuse Orange, resulting in a number of hurries and knockdowns. After one play, Francois’s frustration seemed to boil over as he refused help getting up from offensive lineman Abdul Bello.

The Seminoles ended up losing 30-7, and they increasingly have the look of a program in crisis. Their first half performance was widely savaged, and they were no better in the second half. They looked fatally flawed in many ways, ill-disciplined, and poorly coached. It may end up being a very long season in Tallahassee.

Each top 25 college football team’s most important player

Tua Tagovailoa

The college football season is upon us, which should have fans pumped across the country. Though it will take a while to get a sense for the best 25 teams in the country, we do have our preseason top 25 entering the first full slate of games. Those teams will be relying on some key players all season. Here is a look at the most important player for each of the preseason’s top 25 teams.

1) Alabama — Tua Tagovailoa, QB

After taking over the second half of the national championship game, Tagovailoa showed what he can do. He is mobile, fearless, and has a big arm. He can give Alabama the kind of big-play ability at quarterback they haven’t seen for a while — possibly ever. He has no shortage of talent around him, much of it NFL-level, and he has already demonstrated skill and poise in the most pressure-filled situation. Expect him to have a solid year at minimum.

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Deondre Francois investigated over tip that he was selling marijuana

Deondre Francois has found himself in some legal trouble after police investigated a tip they received that the Florida State quarterback was selling marijuana out of his apartment in Tallahassee.

According to a search warrant obtained by the Orlando Sentinel, Tallahassee police received a tip from an anonymous male who said he was inside Francois’s apartment in February and saw a large bag full of marijuana, which was estimated by police to be about two pounds. Investigators got a warrant to search through Francois’s garbage on four separate occasions, and they believed the evidence supported the claim that Francois was involved with criminal activity.

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Among the contents TPD found in Francois’ garbage and during their Thursday apartment search: multiple plastic bags with cannabis residue, innards of blunt cigars, a Bob Marley grinder, an instant drug test cup, three vials of pain medication, two iPads with broken screens, three iPhones and an FSU student ID card for running back Zaquandre White.A Leon County judge approved the eight-page search warrant on April 6.

Police conducted a search of Francois’s apartment last Thursday and found 17 grams of marijuana and other drug paraphernalia near his bed. The 21-year-old claimed the drugs belonged to his girlfriend Diamond Lindsey, who was in the apartment at the time, and told police he “can’t smoke right now.” He claimed the last time he used marijuana was in December.

Francois was not arrested and instead was offered the chance to participate in a pre-trial diversion program, which involves community service and probation for anywhere from three months to a year. He could also be asked to participate in a substance abuse program. Florida State head coach Willie Taggart said Francois is “still with our football team” and that he hopes the QB can make better choices going forward.

“He’s got to be smart about who he’s around and what he’s around, and make good decisions,” Taggart said. “I advise him to just make sure he’s around his teammates all the time.”

Francois was also accused of domestic violence back in January, but he was later cleared.

If you remember, Francois was at odds with Jimbo Fisher over the way Fisher left Florida State to take the job at Texas A&M. He now gets a fresh start with Taggart, but it doesn’t sound like he has gotten off on the right foot.

Jimbo Fisher: Deondre Francois was absent from final team meeting

Jimbo Fisher

There is a new chapter in the disagreement between Jimbo Fisher and Deondre Francois.

Francois, the Florida State quarterback, claimed Fisher did not reach out to him before he left for the Texas A&M job. The coach disputed that, saying he informed the entire team at a meeting — which Francois was absent from.

“No I haven’t … he was not at the team meeting (when I told the team),” Fisher said when asked on ESPN College GameDay if he had spoken to Francois, via Brad Crawford of 247 Sports. “He was not required to be at the meeting (player discretion due to injury rehabilitation). I left him a phone message. He was a tremendous young man to recruit and coach and he’ll have an unbelievable career.”

The offseason hasn’t even started for some teams, but we’ve already seen some acrimonious coaching departures. Fisher clearly thinks he made an effort to speak to Francois, and tried to take the high road. Francois sees things differently.

Deondre Francois appears to rip Jimbo Fisher for manner of departure

Jimbo Fisher

It appears that Jimbo Fisher’s departure from Florida State may not have been handled particularly well.

Quarterback Deondre Francois took to Twitter on Friday and offered a message that certainly seems to have been directed at his coach, who is departing for Texas A&M immediately.

Francois was Florida State’s starting quarterback, but missed almost the entire season after suffering a patella tendon injury in the season opener. It’s a pretty poor way to go out if Fisher did indeed walk away from the team without reaching out to anyone — perhaps questions like this one were entirely valid.

Report: Deondre Francois out for season with knee injury

Florida State began its season by falling to Alabama on Saturday night, but the team’s biggest loss had nothing to do with the final score of the game.

Seminoles starting quarterback Deondre Francois went down with an injury late in the fourth quarter, and it appeared to be serious. Jim Henry of the Tallahassee Democrat reports that it was, as Francois suffered a patellar tendon injury and is set to undergo season-ending surgery this week.

Francois suffered the injury in Florida State’s 24-7 loss when he was sacked from behind while rolling out of the pocket. He was carted off the field, and true freshman quarterback James Blackman finished the game under center. Blackman is expected to start on Saturday against Louisiana Monroe.

While Francois struggled against Alabama (19-of-33 for 210 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions), the sophomore was outstanding for the Seminoles last year. He threw for 3,350 yards, 20 touchdowns and just seven interceptions as a freshman. He added another 198 yards and five touchdowns on the ground.

The Carolina Panthers likely didn’t know that Francois had been seriously injured when they took a light-hearted shot at him on Twitter. Between losing the game and Francois for the season, Florida State could not have gotten out to a much worse start in 2017.

Ricky Aguayo, Deondre Francois star in FSU comeback win

Ricky Aguayo

Florida State pulled off an improbable comeback on Monday night in their season-opening game as they overcame a 28-6 deficit and won 45-34 against Ole Miss.

Once left for dead and mocked especially after a bad play like this one, the Seminoles went on a 30-0 run to take the lead and seal the game. True freshman Ricky Aguayo and redshirt freshman Deondre Francois deserve a ton of credit for their roles in the comeback.

Let’s start with Aguayo, the successor to his brother, Roberto, who was a successful kicker at FSU and went on to become a second-round pick by the Buccaneers in this year’s NFL draft. Ricky was flawless as he went 6-for-6 on field goals and 3-for-3 on extra points to record 21 of FSU’s 45 points.

As one FSU reporter astutely pointed out, Aguayo has scored more points than multiple top programs in the first weekend:

Aguayo also gets some bonus swag points:

Then there was the performance of Francois, who went 33-of-52 for 419 yards, two touchdowns and 59 yards on the ground. Not bad for a guy making his first career start … on national TV … against nearly a top-10 team.

And another player who must be mentioned is senior defensive end DeMarcus Walker. Walker recorded 4.5 sacks in the contest and might have had the best performance of anyone in the game.

It’s stunning that FSU could go from looking so bad to turning it around so quickly to win the game.