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Redshirt Sophomore
Orlando, Fla.
high school
IMG Academy


Watch List: Maxwell, Davey O’Brien, Walter Camp and CFPA Awards.


ACC Rookie of the Year
ACC Offensive Rookie of the Year
Four-time ACC Rookie of the Week


One of the top freshman quarterbacks in the country, Francois led all freshman signal-callers with 3,350 passing yards (257.7 avg) – the fifth-highest single-season total in Florida State history…tossed 20 touchdowns against just seven interceptions, while adding 198 yards and five touchdowns on the ground…completed 235 of 400 pass attempts (58.7 percent)…proved to be one of the toughest players in the nation with his fearlessness in the pocket in the face of pressure…in his debut against No. 11 Ole Miss, led the largest comeback in Florida State history with 419 passing yards on 33-of-52 passing, 59 rushing yards and 478 total yards (seventh-most in school history) in FSU’s 45-34 win…captured Davey O’Brien National Quarterback of the Week and ACC Offensive Back and Rookie of the Week honors following his sensational debut…in total, had five 300-yard passing games – the second-most ever by an FSU freshman behind Jameis Winston (seven, 2013)…went for over 400 total yards versus No. 23 North Carolina, passing for 372 on 20 of 32 attempts and rushing for 32 yards and a score…he spun, dipped and dove into the end zone for a remarkable, two-yard go-ahead touchdown with 23 seconds remaining versus the Tar Heels…bounced back from a 101-yard, one-touchdown performance in a loss at No. 10 Louisville to lead Florida State to a season-high 55 points at USF a week later…had 75 yards rushing at USF, the most for a Seminole quarterback since 2012 (EJ Manuel), as well as 169 yards and one touchdown through the air…his 35-yard touchdown run versus the Bulls was the longest for an FSU QB since D’Vontrey Richardson’s 39-yarder in 2008…showed incredible toughness and heart in his first taste of the FSU-Miami rivalry, leading the Seminoles to a 20-19 victory by willing FSU back from a 13-0, first-half deficit…finished with 234 yards, on 20 of 31 attempts, and a pair of touchdowns through the air, including a pass of 59 yards to Dalvin Cook…collected ACC Rookie of the Week honors for the second time following his performance against the Hurricanes…against Wake Forest a week later had 319 passing yards and a touchdown while completing 22-of-37 pass attempts en route to ACC Rookie of the Week honors for the second consecutive week and third time overall…showed poise in second half comeback against NC State, finishing with 330 yards and a game-winning touchdown pass to Travis Rudolph with less than four minutes left in the game…finished 22 of 39 against the Wolfpack and snagged his fourth ACC Rookie of the Week accolade…had a season-high three touchdown passes against Charleston Southern and Boston College…finished with a season-high 78.1 completion percentage (25-of-32) versus CSU…completed 16 of 24 passes for 183 yards and three scores versus the Eagles…had 286 passing yards and one touchdown against eventual national champion Clemson…had 315 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 18 of 28 pass attempts in the Carrier Dome against Syracuse…completed 15-of-26 passes for 138 yards and one touchdown in the regular-season finale versus No. 13 Florida…added 63 yards and a score on nine carries, including the game-sealing eight-yard touchdown run against the Gators…found Nyqwan Murray for the game-winning, 12-yard touchdown with 36 seconds left against No. 6 Michigan in the 2016 Orange Bowl to give Florida State a 33-32 victory…finished with 222 yards and two touchdowns passing and added 23 yards and a three-yard score on the ground against the Wolverines…tossed a 92-yard touchdown to Murray in the first quarter of the Orange Bowl, marking the longest pass and catch in Orange Bowl history, the longest pass in FSU bowl history, the sixth-longest pass overall in FSU history and longest play of 2016…accounted for at least one touchdown in all 13 games, and passed for at least one touchdown in 12 of 13 games…never threw multiple interceptions in a game…was awarded the 2017 Player to Watch by the Touchdown Club of Columbus in February of 2017.


ACC Academic Honor Roll (2015-16)


Redshirted the 2015 season while logging reps on the scout team…served as the scout team quarterback preparing the Seminole defense for the upcoming opponent…was one of three players to be recognized for their hard work and performance as Offensive Scout Team MVP at the end of the year banquet.


The nation’s No. 1 dual threat quarterback in 2015 recruiting class according to Rivals, he committed to Florida State in July 2014…consensus four-star prospect who stood out as the best quarterback in the 2015 Under Armour All-America Game, completing 4-of-4 passes for 103 yards and a touchdown while leading Team Highlight to victory…connected with fellow Seminole signee George Campbell on a 60-yard catch in addition to a 34-yard touchdown pass in the UA Game…was rated Florida’s No. 14 player and the nation’s 39th-best prospect by Rivals in the 2015 recruiting class…ranked the No. 3 dual-threat QB in the nation by ESPN, the 10th-best player in Florida and the 42nd-best overall prospect in the nation…ranked the No. 7 pro-style quarterback in the country by 247Sports and the 10th-best quarterback by Scout…led IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., to a 9-1 record as a senior in 2014 after starring at Olympia High School in Orlando the previous two seasons…passed for 1,488 yards and 18 touchdowns and did not have a turnover after the season-opener…also did not lose a game after the season-opener…added 263 yards and two scores on the ground…coached by former FSU legend and 2000 Heisman Trophy winner Chris Weinke at IMG…captured All-Area honorable mention honors from the Bradenton Herald…passed for 3,162 yards and 28 touchdowns while completing 54 percent of his passes over two seasons at Olympia (2012-2013)…participated in the Elite 11 Finals, a quarterback camp in Oregon…invited to ‘The Opening,’ an all-star summer prospect camp held on the Nike campus…picked FSU over Florida and Auburn among several scholarship offers…born February 12, 1997…majoring in social science.

#12 Francois, D.                       
    Rushing Receiving Passing Kick Ret Punt Ret all 
Date Opponent no. yds td lg no. yds td lg c-a-i yds td lg no. yds td lg no. yds td lg purp 
Sep 05, 2016 vs Ole Miss 59 31 33-52-0 419 31 59 
Sep 10, 2016  CHARLESTON SOUTHERN -3 25-32-1 262 36 -3 
Sep 17, 2016 at Louisville 12 -34 13 7-18-1 101 23 -34 
Sep 24, 2016 at USF 10 75 35 11-19-0 169 39 75 
Oct. 1, 2016  NORTH CAROLINA 10 32 18 20-32-0 372 41 32 
Oct 08, 2016 at Miami (FL) 10 21 15 20-31-0 234 59 21 
Oct 15, 2016  WAKE FOREST 10 -6 13 22-37-1 319 58 -6 
Oct 29, 2016  CLEMSON -47 17-35-1 286 40 -47 
Nov 05, 2016 at NC State -8 22-39-0 330 38 -8 
Nov 11, 2016  BOSTON COLLEGE 10 15 19 16-24-0 183 27 15 
Nov 19, 2016 at Syracuse 22 18 18-28-1 315 39 22 
Nov 26, 2016  FLORIDA 63 17 15-26-1 138 46 63 
Dec 30, 2016 vs Michigan 10 16 9-27-1 222 92 
Totals   108 198 35 235-400-7 3350 20 92 198