Florida State quarterback Deondre Francois was cited for misdemeanor marijuana possession after two months of police surveillance led to a recent raid on his apartment that produced less than an ounce of the drug.
According to the police report, obtained by The Orlando Sentinel, Tallahassee police officers found 17 grams of marijuana as well as other drug paraphernalia. Francois told officers the marijuana was his girlfriend’s, and not his, adding that he had not smoked since December. He was not arrested and was given the opportunity to enter a diversion program since less than 20 grams were found.
A Florida State spokesman told the Sentinel the school is handing it internally.
Seminoles quarterback Deondre Francois reportedly told officers the marijuana was his girlfriend’s, and not his, adding that he had not smoked since December
The junior is expected to be Florida State’s starting quarterback next season, although he is currently recuperating from a torn patellar tendon in his left knee
‘He’s still with our football team,’ first-year FSU coach Willie Taggart said Saturday. ‘We talked about his responsibility as a student-athlete here, and he understands my expectations and what I’m looking for, especially when it comes to our quarterback.’
Tallahassee Police public information officer Damon Miller said the Special Investigations Section had received information that drug activity was occurring at the residence and got a search warrant.
An anonymous male tipster, who claimed to be inside Francois’s apartment in February, said he saw a grocery bag of marijuana, which was estimated to weigh two pounds, according to the Sentinel.
That tip prompted Tallahassee police to inspect Francois’s garbage. Ultimately a search warrant was obtained.
Francois has been limited during spring practices as he rehabs from a knee injury he suffered during last season’s opener
Francois has not endeared himself to new coach Willie Taggart. Francois was investigated by police in January for a domestic violence incident with his girlfriend, who is pregnant. He was not charged.
The junior is expected to be Florida State’s starting quarterback next season, although he is currently recuperating from a torn patellar tendon in his left knee.
Francois has been limited during spring practices as he rehabs from a knee injury he suffered during last season’s opener against Alabama. He started 13 games for the Seminoles in 2016 and threw for the fifth-most yards in school history (3,350) as he was named the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Rookie of the Year.
Even though it occurred late in Jimbo Fisher’s tenure, Taggart also was not pleased that Francois decided to miss a late-season game against Delaware State to go home. Shortly after being hired, Taggart was disappointed Francois was missing position meetings while the Seminoles were preparing for the Independence Bowl.
Going into spring practices, Taggart expected a lot of Francois even though he was physically limited.
‘He’s going to be able to encourage his teammates, be a great leader and keep rehabbing,’ Taggart said. ‘He’s got a lot of work to do even though he’s not out there on the football field, and I’m looking forward to him working on those things.’
Florida State completes spring practice on Saturday with its Garnet and Gold game. James Blackman, who started 12 games last season, and Bailey Hockman will be the quarterbacks.
First-year coach Willie Taggart (left) has yet to announce any disciplinary action
A Florida State spokesman told the Sentinel the school is handing the issue internally