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Deondre Francois wins ACC Rookie Of The Year

FSU’s Brian Burns received votes for DROY.

GREENSBORO, N.C. (ACMSA) – Florida State redshirt freshman quarterback Deondre Francois has been voted the 2016 Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of the Year by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA).

Francois who also received the nod as ACC Offensive Rookie of the Year, was selected as the league’s top overall rookie by 25 of the 48 ACSMA members who cast ballots. The Tigers’ Lawrence and Duke quarterback Daniel Jones received seven votes each.

Francois, a native of Orlando, Florida, served early notice that he was ready to make an immediate impact. Francois was named the ACC Offensive Player of the Week after leading the Seminoles past Ole Miss in the season opener and went on to earn ACC Rookie of the Week honors on four occasions.

Francois ended the regular season with 3,128 yards passing – the fourth-highest total ever by an ACC freshman – and 18 touchdowns with just six interceptions in 373 attempts. He has completed close to 61 percent of his passes while rushing for an additional 189 yards and four touchdowns.

Francois led the ACC Offensive Rookie of the Year voting with 30 votes, followed by Duke’s Jones and Miami’s Richards with eight each. Georgia Tech’s Mills claimed the remaining two votes.

The preceeding was a release from the ACC.

This was an incredibly weak field for the ACC, mostly because of the number of returning starters at quarterback. Francois was seventh in the ACC in passer rating in conference play. No freshman running back eclipsed 500 yards in conference play.

2016 ACC Rookie of the Year
Deondre Francois, Florida State 25
Dexter Lawrence, Clemson 7
Daniel Jones, Duke 7
Ahmmon Richards, Miami 3
Jessie Bates, Wake Forest 3
Dedrick Mills, Georgia Tech 2
Joe Giles-Harris, Duke 1

2016 ACC Offensive Rookie of the Year
Deondre Francois, Florida State 30
Daniel Jones, Duke 8
Ahmmon Richards, Miami 8
Dedrick Mills, Georgia Tech 2

2016 ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year
Dexter Lawrence, Clemson 23
Jessie Bates, Wake Forest 8
Joe Giles-Harris, Duke 8
Shaquille Quarterman, Miami 5
Brian Burns, Florida State 3
Joe Jackson, Miami 1