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Deondre Francois will walk on at FAU

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His career isn’t over yet.

Capitol One Orange Bowl - Florida State v Michigan Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images

Former Seminole quarterback Deondre Francois had a roller-coaster career in Tallahassee. After redshirting in 2015 he won the starting job in 2016, opening the season with a 22-point comeback victory over Ole Miss, the largest in FSU’s history. The ’Noles would go on to win double-digit games that season, beating Michigan in a thriller in the Orange Bowl. It looked like Francois would have a bright future in the garnet and gold.

But it was not to be. In the opening-game showdown against Alabama to start the 2017 season Francois suffered a devastating knee injury and missed the rest of the year. He returned to the starting role in 2018 but did so behind one of the worst offensive lines in the Power 5 and, with a host of other issues, Francois and Florida State limped to a 5-7 record, its worst in more than 40 years.

After video of a domestic dispute between Francois and his girlfriend surfaced in early February of this year, head coach Willie Taggart dismissed Francois from the program. It has taken him a while, but he has chosen where he will continue his football career:


Francois will play under Florida Atlantic head coach Lane Kiffin, and will have two years of eligibility remaining.