Former FSU QB Deondre Francois heading to FAU

Francois will battle Chris Robison for the Owls’ starting job.

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Former FSU QB Deondre Francois heading to FAU

Lane Kiffin is entering his third season as the head coach for the Owls.  Photo courtesy of FAU Media Relations

Lane Kiffin is entering his third season as the head coach for the Owls. Photo courtesy of FAU Media Relations

Lane Kiffin is entering his third season as the head coach for the Owls. Photo courtesy of FAU Media Relations

Lane Kiffin is entering his third season as the head coach for the Owls. Photo courtesy of FAU Media Relations

Colby Guy, Contributing Writer

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FAU’s quarterback room got a lot more interesting.

Former FSU quarterback Deondre Francois is transferring to FAU as a walk-on graduate transfer, as first reported by 247Sports. Since he’s already graduated from FSU, Francois will be immediately eligible to play for the Owls.

Francois, a former four-star high school recruit, had a promising start to his college career but his play faded after that. He threw 20 touchdowns and seven interceptions as a freshman, completing 58.8 percent of his passes.

But the following year Francois suffered a season-ending knee injury in FSU’s Week 1 matchup against Alabama. Francois returned in 2018 and put up good, but certainly not great stats: 15 touchdowns, 12 interceptions and a 57.3 completion percentage.  

He’ll hope to bounce back with the Owls, who could use a quarterback after 2018 starter Chris Robison was inconsistent as a freshman and was then suspended from football activities for the spring.

Colby Guy is a contributing writer with the University Press. For information regarding this or other stories, email [email protected] or tweet him @thatguycolbs