How much better is FSU football's Deondre Francois this year?
TALLAHASSEE - While Florida State is trying to figure out how to replace superstar running back Dalvin Cook, here's one thing to keep in mind: If quarterback Deondre Francois continues to develop, Cook's absence might not be felt so strongly.
"I feel like I have gotten a lot better from experience," Francois said after FSU's first spring practice. "I made some mistakes last year, and this spring I am getting the opportunity to improve on those mistakes. I have been able to fine-tune my technique and my feet. It has been really good for me."
A year ago, Francois was an unknown commodity expected to battle with Sean Maguire for the starting job. Now he's an established talent and one of the ACC's top returning quarterbacks. He completed almost 59 percent of his passes last season for 3,350 yards, 20 touchdowns and seven interceptions.
Coach Jimbo Fisher didn't want to read too much into one practice Monday, but he clearly has plenty of trust in Francois after his solid redshirt freshman season.
"He's gone out there when the lights on the scoreboard mattered and played in big games and won big games," Fisher said. "I mean, you go back and think about it, he had almost five game winning drives last year and what he did and took us back. The guy, if we could pull a couple of them off, he put us in a position to win a lot of football games. He did it under big time situations, and that always gives you confidence."