No. 1 ‘Bama Rolls No. 3 ‘Noles 24-7 In Season Opener, FSU QB Deondre Francois Leaves Game With Injury

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Seminoles, 0-1 for the first time since 2009

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ATLANTA, GEORGIA ( – In the months leading up to Florida State’s season opener against No. 1 Alabama in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, Jimbo Fisher insisted that the contest was just one of 12 on the schedule. That, win or lose, the Seminoles’ season wouldn’t be totally defined by one game.

After a 24-7 defeat in which No. 3 FSU played well in stretches but undermined its cause with a series of special-teams miscues and turnovers, the Seminoles will have a chance to prove their head coach right.

Just how difficult that task will be remains to be seen.

The Seminoles lost the game, and they also lost starting quarterback Deondre Francois to an apparent left knee injury late in the fourth quarter.

The redshirt sophomore went to the locker room on a cart while freshman James Blackman finished the game. Fisher didn’t have specifics on Francois’ injury during his postgame press conference, but did say, “Unfortunately, he’s hurt.”

“I don’t know (the severity) until we diagnose it and see,” Fisher said. “I’m not a doctor. … I don’t know. I’ve learned to wait until they see.”

If Francois is unavailable, Fisher said Blackman would “most likely” be his replacement.

The Seminoles, 0-1 for the first time since 2009, host ULM next week at 7 p.m.


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