FSU quarterback Deondre Francois carted off the field with leg injury
ATLANTA - The worst news from the Mercedes-Benz Stadium wasn't No. 3 Florida State's 24-7 loss to No. 1 Alabama.
It was what happened with six minutes left, when Seminoles quarterback Deondre Francois went down with a left leg injury. He needed help off the field and didn't put weight on it. A few minutes later, he emerged from FSU's injury tent on crutches, only to be carted off with a brace on his leg.
Coach Jimbo Fisher wouldn't speculate on the severity of the injury until after doctors evaluated his redshirt sophomore starter.
"I've learned to wait until they see," Fisher said. "Unfortunately he's hurt, though."
And it doesn't look good.
FSU's biggest weakness was quarterback depth. The only other player with experience is redshirt junior J.J. Cosentino, whose career statistics (7-of-19 passing for 46 yards) include a very rough outing in the Peach Bowl loss to Houston.
The Seminoles burned the redshirt of freshman James Blackman, who entered for the final series but did not attempt a pass. The lanky 6-foot-5, 185-pound Belle Glade native was a three-star recruit. He has a very strong arm but is very raw.
Fisher said Blackman would likely be the starter next week against Louisiana-Monroe, if Francois isn't available.
"That's where we are," Fisher said, "but we'll evaluate this week and see."