By: Erin Lisch | WCTV Eyewitness News
September 4, 2017
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- A night of cheering for the Noles quickly went south after Deondre Francois was taken down with less than six minutes left on the clock in Saturday's game against Alabama.
Thousands of fans glued to the TV, as ESPN’s Chris Folwer said, "You don't want to lose your leader on offense and your starting quarterback."
Putting no pressure on his leg, Francois was helped off the field.
At the game on Saturday night, FSU fan Rick Gilson said, "Put a backup in at that point. You're not going to come back. Why was he even in the game?"
Francois was sacked 34 times in 2016, and his history of being knocked down left some fans not surprised that he suffered an injury.
Noles fan Will Fay said, "He took so much beating last year, I thought, how could this guy take all of this?"
With Francois out, true freshman James Blackman is now in, leaving fans with mixed emotions.
"It sounds like it could be pretty precarious," said Fay.
Gilson added, "We've got talent all the way around, but without the quarterback, you’re going to struggle."
Many fans are staying optimistic in the hopes to continue towards the playoffs.
FSU student Jacob Nunez said, "We played the number one team in the country, we’re going to win out. I'm confident in Blackman and he'll put the team on his back."
Fellow student Josh Osborn said, "The championship is the main goal, and I know for a fact that, at the bare minimum, we will be in the College Football Playoff and we'll see Bama again."
Come Saturday, the Noles face off against Louisiana-Monroe at home, and fans will fill the stadium with all eyes on the true freshman quarterback.