Florida State quarterback Deondre Francois — who appeared to seriously injure his left leg in the Seminoles’ loss to Alabama on Saturday — will miss the rest of the season with a patella tendon injury, the Tallahassee Democrat reported.
Miami visits Florida State on Sept. 16 (8 p.m., ABC).
On his conference call with Miami beat reporters — conducted before the news broke — a reporter cautiously asked UM coach Mark Richt how an injury to Francois would affect the Hurricanes’ plans.
“I don’t know if it does or not,” Richt said. “If anybody thinks about FSU this week, we’ll be a sad bunch of football players and coaches. We’re playing a heck of a team this week. That’s who we’re going to focus on right now.”
Miami visits Arkansas State this week (3:30 p.m., ESPNU).
Francois, a redshirt sophomore, threw for 3,350 yards, 20 touchdowns and seven interceptions last year and helped the Noles beat Miami at Hard Rock Stadium. He was hurt on a sack late in the fourth quarter of FSU’s 24-7 loss.
He laid on the turf clutching his left knee after Alabama safety Ronnie Harrison sacked him from behind. He couldn’t put weight on his leg and was carted off the field, wearing a heavy leg brace.
FSU is likely to start James Blackman, a true freshman from Glades Central High, in this week’s home opener against Louisiana-Monroe.
Florida State hasn’t started a true freshman at quarterback since Chip Ferguson in 1985.
He was a three-star recruit ranked 16th among pro-style quarterbacks by 247Sports’ composite ratings. Rivals rated him as a four-star.
He threw for 2,511 yards and 14 touchdowns as a senior at Glades Central. He was a two-time Class 4A All-State honorable mention pick.
Scout.com, which rated him No. 7 among pro-style quarterbacks, called him a “mobile signal-caller that flashes undeniable, natural arm talent under center. … He [isn’t] a blazer, [but] can certainly evade pressure and extend plays out of the pocket. Whether he gets flushed out of the pocket or is standing tall with great pass protection, Blackman is a pass-first quarterback that does a good job of keeping his eyes locked down the field.”
His senior year highlights: