- (especially of a man) charming, confident, and elegant
This word definitely sums up Florida State red-shirt freshman Deondre Francois’ play on the field Monday night.
Francois was named the starter for the ‘Noles after senior Sean Maguire suffered and injury early this spring. Honestly, many believed Francois had the job coming his way regardless. Fortunately he did not disappoint.
Francois had a sense of confidence that allowed him to overcome a 22 point deficit and top Ole Miss. The 45-34 victory was the largest comeback in Seminole history.
Going down 28-6 before the first half is even complete is not an ideal situation for a freshman quarterback. The offensive line was confused. The defense could not play against tempo well early on. And penalties plagued Florida State. However, Jimbo Fisher has done well with young quarterbacks in the past, and is extremely experienced with making adjustments for the second half.
Francois’ poise was key. He refrained from forcing throws, taking what the defense gave him. Francois said that former Heisman winner Jameis Winston sent him a text message pointing toward the importance of poise and keeping a smile on his face. Despite many hard hits from a relentless Ole Miss pass rush, Francois played his game, keeping that advised smile on his face, and led Florida State into scoring position time and time again.
Francois definitely did not shy away from the primetime Monday night. He did show any signs that he will any time soon either.
33/52, 420 yards, 2 touchdowns, 0 interceptions
This was arguably the best performance of week one. Francois is the “it” factor that could take FSU to the playoffs once again.
Next week’s matchup for the Seminoles – Charleston Southern
Look for plenty more suave from Francois to come.