With Deondre Francois Out, Florida State's Season Just Went Off The Rails

With Deondre Francois Out, Florida State's Season Just Went Off The Rails

They couldn't run the ball, and the pressure eventually lead to those ill-timed hits on Francois.

"I hate it for him". "We're going to be cautious in how we progress him moving forward".

Blackman has only been on campus for a few months, and though Fisher said he will not change the offense with a freshman running the show, the play calls must be tailored to what Blackman can do.

Levi Wallace and Mack Wilson collected second-half interceptions for the Crimson Tide, when Francois was repeatedly under duress. The previous seven freshmen to start under center - including Francois and 2013 Heisman victor Jameis Winston - were redshirts.

The top-ranked Tide scored 11 points in a matter of 2½ minutes, including an 11-yard touchdown run from Damien Harris one play after junior linebacker Keith Holcombe recovered a fumbled kickoff return by FSU's Keith Gavin to go ahead 21-7 with 1:41 left in the third quarter after a 2-point conversion. Just as Francois cocked his right arm back to throw, Harrison dove at the back of his legs and pulled him down to the turf.

Francois was helped off the field and then carted into the locker room.

Alabama head coach Nick Saban speaks to players against Florida State during the first half of an NCAA football game, Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, in Atlanta.

On Florida State's first seven possessions of that game, the Seminoles had the ball inside Alabama's 35-yard line five times.

Luckily for Georgia and its fans, starting quarterback Jacob Eason hasn't been ruled out for the season after suffering a knee injury in Week 1.

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If Blackman starts for third-ranked Florida State on Saturday against Louisiana-Monroe, it would be only the second time in school history a quarterback has started as a true freshman.

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said it was tough to see Francois be lost for the season. Maybe Blackman will surprise us, like Francois did a year ago, but he can't be expected to match Francois' contribution. "You had a quick drive right there, you're right back in the football game playing". Calvin Ridley far and away led Alabama's receiving corps, catching 7 of the team's 10 pass receptions for 82 yards and a touchdown, while also adding a two-point conversion reception as well.

Alabama may be the beast of college football, but that does not necessarily make it a great bet, especially against inferior foes. He will likely serve as Blackman's backup. Blackman is now considered by many to be the guy to take over the quarterback duties in the absence of Deondre Francois.

Make no mistake: The quarterback position in college football is fragile and unpredictable.

MI ultimately hurdles three teams in the latest polls: Wisconsin (stays put at No. 9), Florida State (goes from No. 3 to No. 10), and Oklahoma State (goes from No. 10 to No. 11).

"You become so connected as a team when you're a quarterback, when you go through the work habits and the things you have to do to play at this level, you feel like you let them down", Fisher said.

Francois stayed on the turf after clutching his left knee.

"He will be back", Smart said. I think we're very physical, I think we're very good.