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FSU quarterback Deondre Francois to miss 2017 season with knee injury

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Florida State quarterback Deondre Francois eluded injury time and again in 2016, somehow repeatedly pulling himself off the turf following each vicious hit that he absorbed.

But on Saturday evening in Atlanta, Francois took a shot to the back of his left knee, was assisted off the field and helped into the injury tent, crutched his way to the cart, and was driven to the locker room.

Sources confirmed to the Tallahassee Democrat Sunday that the redshirt sophomore will miss the remainder of the 2017 season with a patella tendon injury.

The Democrat also reported that Francois is scheduled to have surgery as early as Tuesday.

Jimbo Fisher confirmed on Saturday night that should Francois be unavailable, true freshman James Blackman would be the Seminoles’ starter. Blackman entered Florida State’s game vs. Alabama for the final few minutes following Francois’ injury.

For a quick rundown on who exactly James Blackman is, see our piece here.