Freshman James Blackman To Start For Florida State vs UL Monroe

MIAMI, FL, Sporting Alert — True freshman James Blackman will replace injured Deondre Francois at quarterback when Florida State takes on Louisiana-Monroe this coming weekend.

James Blackman committed to Florida State

James Blackman committed to Florida State

MIAMI, FL, Sporting Alert — True freshman James Blackman will replace injured Deondre Francois at quarterback when Florida State takes on Louisiana-Monroe this coming weekend.

Francois suffered a season ending knee injury when he was brought down in the fourth quarter during the Seminoles’ 24-7 loss to No. 1 Alabama at Atlanta’s new $1.5 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Saturday night.

The sophomore will be out for the rest of season after he suffered a patellar tendon injury in his left knee and head coach Jimbo Fisher said Monday that his quarterback is scheduled for surgery Tuesday.

Francois, who threw for 210 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions in the defeat to the Crimson Tide, is set to be out for four to seven months.

He was taken to a medical tent on FSU’s sideline and appeared later with a heavy brace on his left leg and was using crutches.

Fisher said Francois, who was in the Heisman conversation is feeling “down for himself and his teammates” is very sadden about not be able to feature on the field for the rest of the season.

“He’s very disappointed,” Fisher told reporters on Monday. “Not only does he want to play, he wants to be with his teammates.”

With Francois down and out this term, the Seminoles will be in a hurry to prepare the next man and Fisher revealed that the 6-5 and 185 lbs QB from Belle Glade, Florida, who replaced Francois on Saturday, will start the next game.

Blackman, a three-star recruit, gets the nod over four-star Bailey Hockman, who was ranked No. 180 in the ESPN 300 and another backup quarterback, J.J. Cosentino, who attempted nine passes last season.

Despite the injury, Francois will continue to be around the squad offering his support, especially to Blackman, something Fisher said will be very important.

“It’ll help (James Blackman) having Francois in learning the process of how you prepare” as a QB,” the coach added.

After hosting UL Monroe in Tallahassee this coming weekend, the Seminoles will entertain No. 18 Miami the following week and are expected to be well tested in this one.

“I’m looking forward to the challenge,” Fisher said.

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