Florida State announces it has dismissed starting QB Deondre Francois
Huge news out of Tallahassee.
FSU coach Wille Taggart has kicked starting QB Deondre Francois off the team.
The Seminoles head coach broke the news in a statement released to the media on Sunday afternoon. Taggart mentions in the statement that Francois was informed of his decision Saturday night.
Last night, I informed Deondre Francois that he is no longer a member of the Florida State football program. As we build a new culture and foundation for FSU Football, we have high expectations for all of our student-athletes and we will not shy away from those high standards of conduct. We are moving forward as a program.
The dismissal comes after Francois’ girlfriend shared a video to social media with audio of a female voice pleading “stop hitting me” along with threats from a male voice to continue to hitting and beating the woman. Neither Francois nor the victim can be seen in the video. The accompanying caption accuses Francois of two years of domestic abuse in the relationship.
A highly sought-after 4-star recruit in the class of 2015, Francois has been FSU’s starting quarterback since 2016. He missed the bulk of the 2017 season after suffering a season-ending injury in the opener against Alabama.
James Blackman, who took over for Francois in 2017, is now FSU’s only scholarship quarterback on the roster. Taggart is targeting a pair of 2019 quarterback recruits, 4-star dual-threat Lance LeGendre and 4-star Georgia ATH commit John Rhys Plumlee. The Noles are favorites to land LeGendre, but 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions indicate Plumlee, out of Hattiesburg, Miss., will sign with Ole Miss. As February signees, they would not be able to enroll in time for spring practice.