Jimbo Fisher quotes on Francois:
Q. What did you see on that play when Deondre rolled out and fell down?
JIMBO FISHER: He just like got tackled, but I believe it was a [sight] adjust. We should have thrown the slant on the backside, but I'll wait and see. But I'll wait and see, again, until I look at the film exactly where the decoration was. Should have hot [routed] it and got it out.
Q. We saw him walking on crutches
JIMBO FISHER: I don't know until we diagnose it and see. I'm not a doc -- I don't mean that -- I don't know. I've learned to wait until they see. Unfortunately he's hurt, though.
Q. Did you see Deondre, talk to him after the game?
JIMBO FISHER: No, I just -- again, I saw him and I hugged him and told him I'm sorry he's hurt, we'll get the diagnosis and I love him and we'll figure out what we've got to do from here.
Q. How concerned are you if Deondre is out for a while?
JIMBO FISHER: Oh, I'm definitely concerned because that's your starting quarterback and the kind of player he is and what he has. But we'll get the guys behind him and we'll rep those guys and play and we'll go on. Again, we have great people around him and do the things we've got to do.
Call it adding injury to insult. Already trailing the Alabama Crimson Tide 24-7 with 5:44 left in the fourth quarter, Florida State starting quarterback Deondre Francois was chased down from behind by ’Bama defensive back Ronnie Harrison; Francois immediately grabbed for his left knee and writhed on the turf for minutes before being helped off the field. Francois applied no weight to his left leg during his exit.
Francois was brought to the injury tent on the FSU sideline, where his treatment was visible to neither those in the stands nor from the press box. However, shortly thereafter, he was carted off the field to the ’Nole locker room, with his leg in an air cast. After the Seminole offensive line proved that it could hold up quite admirably against the standard Tide pass rush, ’Bama proceeded to blitz Francois relentlessly, sacking him three times and forcing a pair of interceptions before Francois left the game.
Freshman QB James Blackman took over in Francois’ absence.