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Deondre Francois named ACC Rookie of the Year

Redshirt freshman becomes fifth Seminoles player, third QB to receive honor

Deondre Francois throws the football down field in Florida State's 20-19 win against Miami at Hard Rock Stadium. (Jeff Romance)

PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. – Florida State redshirt freshman quarterback Deondre Francois is the 2016 Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of the Year.

The 19-year-old Orlando native was selected as the ACC's top rookie by 25 of the 48 Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association members who cast ballots, the conference announced Tuesday.

Francois, who is also the ACC's Offensive Rookie of the Year, ended the regular season with 3,128 passing yards and 18 touchdowns. He has only thrown six interceptions this season.

The dual-threat signal caller has also rushed for 189 yards and four touchdowns.

Francois becomes the fifth Florida State player and third Seminoles quarterback to earn ACC Rookie of the Year honors, joining wide receiver Tamarick Vanover (1992), running back Travis Minor (1997), quarterback Chris Rix (2001) and quarterback Jameis Winston (2013).

Clemson defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence was named the ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year. Lawrence recorded 7.5 tackles for loss and five quarterback sacks as a freshman.

First-year Virginia Tech head coach Justin Fuente was named the ACC Coach of the Year after leading the Hokies to their first conference championship game since 2011.

Miami receiver Ahmmon Richards received three votes for ACC Rookie of the Year.


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