Taggart continuing to back Francois as starter

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By: Ryan Kelly | WCTV Eyewitness Sports
November 12, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- With two weeks left in college football's regular season, Florida State needs to win two more games to go to a 37th straight bowl game. And, while there are questions around if they can do it, there is no question which quarterback they'll try to do it with.

On Monday, Florida State head coach Willie Taggart again threw his support behind Deondre Francois, who threw for just 216 yards on 23-of-47 passing and did not throw a touchdown in Saturday's 42-13 loss to Notre Dame.

Taggart continues to stand by his refrain that the Seminoles' problems don't stem from #12.

"Unless something drastic happens, I don't see no reason for him not to be our starter right now. Deondre's not the issue with our football team, there's a lot of other issues," Taggart said. "He can't block for himself, he can't go and catch the ball, he can't play special teams, he can't tackle. He's not the issue."

Francois' back up, James Blackman, has appeared in three games this year and made one start, against North Carolina State. If Blackman plays in another game this season, he'll lose his potential redshirt status under the new NCAA rules.

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