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Quarterbacks: Five things to know about FSU's signal-callers in 2017

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Editor's Note: With preseason practice starting next week, Warchant is previewing the upcoming Florida State football season by looking at each position group on offense, defense and special teams. The second installment is on the quarterbacks.

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Redshirt sophomore quarterback Deondre Francois played a vital role in Florida State finishing 10-3 and winning the Capital One Orange Bowl against Michigan. (Getty Images)

The Big Picture

Florida State will have questions at quarterback this year. Figuring out who will start the season-opening game against Alabama will not be one of them.

Redshirt sophomore Deondre Francois returns in 2017 and is looking to build on what he achieved last season. As a first-year starter, he threw for 3,350 yards, 20 touchdowns and helped the Seminoles finish 10-3 en route to winning the Capital One Orange Bowl over Michigan. He would go on to win the Atlantic Coast Conference's Offensive Rookie of the Year award and the conference's overall Rookie of the Year honor.

Francois is expected to be an experienced presence for an offense that is slated to feature quite a few first-year contributors. It's a contrast from last year when FSU had to tailor its experienced personnel around Francois, who at the time had yet to throw a collegiate pass.

That's not to say everything was perfect in Year One for Francois. His health was a concern due to inconsistent protection from the offensive line and because he sometimes failed to quickly get rid of the ball. It led to Francois taking several tough hits and needing to leave games to get medical attention.

Of course, FSU also had a viable option in experienced backup Sean Maguire in the event Francois needed to miss a series or a few plays to receive treatment.

But what about this season? Maguire is gone, and while the Seminoles have four additional quarterbacks on their roster, three of them have never played a collegiate game.


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