It’s Year 2 of the Deondre Francois era for Florida State football, leading to expectations of a leap forward for the talented quarterback.
But one area that Francois’ growth already is impressing Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher is leadership. As Fisher went through the ESPN “Car Wash” on Tuesday, he heaped praise on his quarterback.
“Where I watched him grow, which is so fun to me, quarterbacking is done behind the scenes off the field,” Fisher said. “I think that’s where he’s really grown. In his chemistry with the team, and the ownership. The taking ownership of the team and our players.”
Francois became the starting quarterback last season for Florida State as a redshirt freshman. He threw for 3,350 yards and 20 touchdowns as he completed 58.8 percent of his passes.
It’s only natural to expect a jump in his production, especially since running back Dalvin Cook is off to the NFL and FSU returns a host of talented options in the passing game — wide receiver Auden Tate and tight end Ryan Izzo to name a pair. But what Fisher kept hammering home about Francois on Tuesday was the belief that his teammates around him see him in a different way as he heads into his second year as the starting quarterback.
“Quarterbacking is getting those other players on the field to where they’ll die for you,” Fisher said. “He’s our commander-in-chief. We’re going to make sure he’s protected. We’re going to catch it for him. We’re going to make that extra run. I think he earned that respect last year with how he played, the toughness he played with, and the competitiveness.”
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