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Ole Miss HC Hugh Freeze said that the unknown quantity of FSU redshirt freshman QB Deondre Francois adds a wrinkle to Monday's season-opener.

"You can’t just rush wildly at him, for sure, either," Freeze said. "He can hurt you with his legs or with his arm. So it adds a little bit of mystery into the preparation." The 6-foot, 191-pounder was on Freeze's radar during the 2015 recruiting cycle. He recalls that "we thought he was a tremendous athlete with a big arm."
Source: SEC Country
Aug 31 - 4:01 PM

FSU named redshirt freshman QB Deondre Francois the starter for their Week 1 showdown with Ole Miss.

Francois was already a lock to start in that marquee Monday matchup after Sean Maguire broke his foot earlier this month. This makes it official. The 6-foot, 191-pounder ranked as the 247Sports composite's No. 64 overall prospect (No. 3 pro-style quarterback) in the country for 2015. Maguire practiced on Friday and should be able to return at some point in mid-September, but Francois is the fantasy play here by a country mile.
Aug 27 - 6:40 PM

FSU strength coach Vic Viloria was arrested on suspicion of DUI on Saturday morning.

According to the police report, authorities came upon Viloria passed out at the wheel of his truck at a traffic light. After an officer woke him, he reportedly said that he had consumed "three big drinks in his office on FSU campus." The university responded with a statement, saying, "We are aware of the reported incident and are in the process of gathering more information. The issue falls under the human resources policies for university employees, which restricts further comment at this time."
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 27 - 6:03 PM

FSU redshirt senior QB Sean Maguire (foot) was back at practice on Friday.

Maguire broke a bone in his right foot on August 11 and subsequently underwent surgery. He has made nice progress in his recovery, though, with his walking boot removed on Monday and a practice return on Friday in which the 6-foot-3, 220-pounder took part in team drills and individual drills. Deondre Francois is still set to start in a marquee (you can throw a dart and say that about half the match-ups during the opening week) showdown with Ole Miss on September 5, but Maguire's speedy recovery from the relatively recent break makes it at least a possibility that Francois could have a fight for the season-long starting job if he struggles early.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 27 - 12:54 AM

Florida State sophomore S Derwin James sacked or pressured the opposing QB 30-percent of the times he blitzed.

That means James "got home" on 14 of the 46 times he rushed the passer, which is quite good for a 6-foot-1, 200-pound true freshman. James' versatility was on display last season, lining up all over the defense. Expect that to continue this year, especially with Jalen Ramsey in the NFL.
Source: 247 Sports
Aug 25 - 10:17 AM

FSU redshirt senior QB Sean Maguire had the boot removed from his surgically-repaired right foot.

Maguire underwent surgery to repair a small break in his right foot two weeks ago. He is now out of his boot and on Monday, was seen walking without a limp. Maguire is still expected to miss at least another three weeks as he recovers from the recent surgery. The 6-foot-3, 220-pounder already missed spring practice while recovering from a fractured ankle and this most recent sidelining might effectively have ended his chances at starting this season barring extreme ineffectiveness from newly-installed starter Deondre Francois.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 22 - 2:51 PM

FSU freshman QB Malik Henry has been suspended indefinitely due to a violation of team rules.

No reason beyond the general was given for Henry's suspension. HC Jimbo Fisher has not given a potential timetable for when the 6-foot-3, 185-pound freshman might be able to return to the team. This isn't an immediate blow for the Seminoles, as Henry was likely to take a redshirt for the upcoming campaign even before he landed in Fisher's doghouse. For the 2016 recruiting cycle, the gunslinger stood as ESPN 300's No. 17 overall prospect and their No. 2 dual-threat quarterback.
Aug 20 - 12:43 PM

FSU sophomore S Derwin James returned to practice on Tuesday after dealing with a foot injury this offseason.

James underwent minor surgery in July to repair a small fracture, and the timetable was expected to be 4-5 weeks. The star defender was adamant in saying he would be healthy enough to play in the season opener against Ole Miss on September 5, and that appears to be the case. James' freshman season cannot be oversold. He was outstanding, and already looks like one of the top players in the entire country.
Aug 17 - 8:01 AM

FSU redshirt freshman QB Deondre Francois indicated that he feels prepared to take on a starting role this coming season.

Ready or not, here he comes. Francois has yet to officially be named the starter, but that will come now that fellow QB combatant Sean Maguire has been ruled out for the next 4-6 weeks due to a foot injury. Said the 6-foot, 191-pound Francois, "I don't think the lights will be too bright. I believe in my preparation, and everything Coach Fisher has taught me is to stay humble and continue to trust the process." He was already starting to siphon first-team reps away from Maguire last week, so his ascension to the starting role might have occurred even without the unfortunate injury.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 14 - 8:00 PM

FSU redshirt senior QB Sean Maguire will undergo surgery to repair a foot injury.

Maguire showed up to Saturday's practice with a boot on his right foot. Specifics as to the nature of the injury aren't yet known, but the 6-foot-3, 220-pounder will have a screw inserted into the pesky hoof and is expected to be sidelined into the early portion of the Seminoles' schedule. A timetable of 4-6 weeks was floated by HC Jimbo Fisher. This represents a golden opportunity for redshirt freshman Deondre Francois, who had already been making a hard push to start over Maguire. Fisher declined to name a quarterback starter for the season even after the injury, but it should only be a matter of time before Francois receives that coveted honor.
Aug 14 - 12:44 PM

Florida State redshirt freshman Deondre Francois took first team reps at QB during the open portion of practice, ahead of Sean Maguire.

Maguire made five starts for the Seminoles last season, but many have pointed to Francois as the future. He might also be the present. Maguire is an average college quarterback. Jimbo Fisher has always preached the importance of two things. One, to win the turnover battle. And two, big plays changing the outcome and scope of a contest. We know Dalvin Cook consistently creates big plays with the ball in his hands, but the team is lacking in that area at quarterback. Francois can offer them more than Maguire.
Aug 11 - 11:46 AM

FSU redshirt senior OL Chad Mavety (heart) is retiring from football.

Mavety, an eight-game starter for the Seminoles last season, sat out spring practice after being diagnosed with a cardiac issue in early March. Understandably, no details as to the exact nature of his ailment have been made public. While the 6-foot-5, 344-pounder initially vowed to return after he was hit with the spring setback, it appears he is ready to hang up the cleats now. Mavety released a statement on Facebook in which he expressed gratitude for his time at Florida State and thanked his friends, family and team for their love and support.
Source: 247Sports
Aug 9 - 1:49 PM

An NFL scout told Yahoo Sports that FSU junior RB Dalvin Cook is "every bit as good" an NFL prospect as LSU RB Leonard Fournette.

As you may know, we agree. So does NFL Media analyst Lance Zierlein, who rated Cook just ahead of Fournette in his list of junior prospects. Cook is a bit smaller than Fournette (230 versus 213) and needs to stay healthy, but he's tremendous after contact, a big play waiting to happen and a weapon in the passing game.
Aug 6 - 3:23 PM

FSU junior DE Demarcus Walker credited a yoga class with helping him to accrue 10.5 sacks last season.

Walker entered the 2015 season with just two sacks to his name, but he burst forth with a monster campaign that included 10.5 sacks and 15.5 TFL. Seminoles DE coach Brad Lawing had something to do with that in his first year on staff, but the 6-foot-3, 281-pounder noted that a yoga class helped him prepare for Game Day. "For a defensive end, flexibility is key, and yoga is the best thing for that," Walker said. "Freshman and sophomore years I was stiff, and last year I got away from that stiffness." ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. believes that if he can take another (now more flexible) step forward, he has the potential to crack the first round of the 2017 draft.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 2 - 2:57 PM

One rival ACC coach believes FSU freshman CB Levonta Taylor is good enough to step in and contribute immediately.

Taylor stands 5-foot-10 and 180-pounds, and the Seminoles could absolutely take that approach with the highly touted recruit after losing Jalen Ramsey to the NFL, along with Ronald Darby and P.J. Williams the year before that.
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