Florida State heads into fall camp without a starting quarterback, and there are two front runners for the job. On one side there's veteran redshirt senior Sean Maguire, and on the other it's redshirt freshman Deondre Francois.
Francois was able to take all the first team reps during the spring with Maguire out with an ankle injury, and he proved that he belonged in the quarterback competition by how he responded to his mistakes.
"That's why I was encouraged in the spring," Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher said. "That was one of the things that encouraged me in the spring. Even when he made mistakes he knew why he did it, why he did it wrong, how he did it wrong you know what I'm saying? He's really grown, and that's why I feel like he's legitimately in the competition to be the guy. Because he understands the whys and why nots."
There's no question that Francois is extremely talented. He's known for having a very strong arm, and being extremely accurate. That's one of the main things that Florida State coach Fisher is looking for. The other is something Francois will have to work on this fall, and that's what Fisher wants to see from him during camp.
"I would say how he plays," Fisher said. "...We'll see his consistency and leadership. Decision making. Because at the end of the day what does a quarterback come down to? Decision making and accuracy. You put all that other junk up there that you want. Does he make good decisions? Whether it's a run check or even with a pass. He could have the greatest arm in creation. Does he hit what he's throwing at?... At the end of the day, that's what it comes down too."
Florida State starts camp on Tuesday afternoon, and Francois sits behind Maguire on the depth chart that Florida State released. His ascension to the starting spot will depend on how much his decision making has improved.