FORT WORTH, Texas – Florida State redshirt sophomore Deondre Francois is one of 30 players named to the 2017 Davey O’Brien Award watch list, the Davey O’Brien Foundation announced on Wednesday.
The award, given annually to the nation’s top quarterback, began in 1981. The award will name sixteen semifinalists on November 7.
The list is composed of 11 seniors, 11 juniors and eight sophomores from each Power Five conference. The SEC leads the way with six selections, while the ACC, Big 12 and Pac-12 have four apiece.
Should Francois win the award, he will become the third Seminole to win the award. The last FSU QB to win the O’Brien Award was Jameis Winston in 2013. Charlie Ward became the first ‘Nole to win it in 1993, while Chris Weinke followed suit in 2000.
Each of the three previous Seminole QB’s to win the O’Brien Award also won the Heisman Trophy in the same season. Each of the last six award winners each boast a Heisman to their name.
Francois enters 2017 with much reason for optimism. He eclipsed 300 passing yards five times in 2016 and ended the season with a 78.4 adjusted QB rating. He looks to build on a successful freshman season by leading the ‘Noles to a playoff appearance.
Francois and fellow award candidate Jalen Hurts will go head-to-head when FSU faces Alabama on September 2.