Former Florida State Quarterback Deondre Francois Walking On at FAU

By Kevin Harrish on May 20, 2019 at 11:42 am
Deondre Francois is heading to FAU.
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Deondre Francois' next college football game could be in the Horseshoe.

The former Florida State starting quarterback has decided to walk on at Florida Atlantic, where he'll play for Lane Kiffin with his remaining two years of eligibility, reports Steve Wiltfong of 247Sports.

Francois was dismissed from Florida State in February after a video showing a possible domestic incident surfaced on Instagram a month after he was cleared of a separate domestic violence incident.

“I put myself in a terrible situation,” Francois told 247Sports. “I’ve learned from it. I take full responsibility of everything that happened.

“I take full responsibility for my actions. I just want to learn from it and grow from it. That won’t happen again. This has impacted my life far more than anyone can imagine. It helped me grow as a man and I’m ready to embark on new beginnings.”

Francois earned Florida State's starting quarterback role as a redshirt freshmen in 2016 when he threw for 3,350 yards, 20 touchdowns and 7 interceptions with five touchdowns on the ground to help lead the Seminoles to 10-3 season and an Outback Bowl victory over Michigan.

The following season, Francois broke his kneecap in a season-opening loss to Alabama. Then, following Jimbo Fisher's departure to Texas A&M, Florida State struggled during Willie Taggart's debut season, finishing just 5-7. Francois threw for 2,731 yards, 15 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

Francois will enroll at FAU as soon as possible and hopes to compete for the starting quarterback spot before the season, which could lead to him making his first start of the season in Columbus, as the Buckeyes open the season against FAU on Aug. 1.

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