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FSU’s Deondre Francois leads nation’s freshman QBs

How No. 12 is No. 1.

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Deondre Francois
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Redshirt-freshman Florida State quarterback Deondre Francois didn’t get much of a grace period with regard to adjusting to the spotlight. In just his first game, he led the ‘Noles to the largest comeback win in school history against Ole Miss. He withstood a shellacking to bring FSU back for a huge win at Miami in front of a hostile crowd. And on Saturday, he’ll hope to lead the Seminoles to a home victory over the No. 3 ranked Clemson Tigers.

But Francois already finds himself leading the rest of the country’s FBS freshmen in a couple of passing categories. No other first-year player in the land can match his 268 passing-yards-per-game average, and his total passing yards (1,876) lead the country as well.

And while Francois is leading the country in these key categories, he’s following a ‘Nole great in doing so as a redshirt-freshman. In 2013, Jameis Winston’s topped all other freshman, with 4,057 yards passing. He finished a close second to California’s Jared Goff in passing YPG (290.7-289.8). Both Winston and Goff were selected No. 1 overall in the NFL Draft.