Even on the morning after, Deondre Francois was impressive.
Even in hindsight, it was fairly impressive when a redshirt freshman was thrust into the starting role and led FSU to the largest comeback (22 points) in its history. Even upon reflection, it was starting that he threw 52 times for 419 yards against the No. 11 team in the country.
After all of that, it seems like slam-dunk that Francois would be the first Sunshine Player of the Week.
Other nominees from the state:
Demarcus Walker, defensive end, FSU: Walker had 4 ½ sacks as the defense finally woke up against Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly.
Ricky Aguayo, kicker, FSU: Aguayo hit all six of his field goals in FSU’s victory.
Luke Del Rio, quarterback, Florida: Del Rio threw for 258 yards in his debut as the Gators’ quarterback.
Brad Kaaya, quarterback, Ole Miss: Kaaya threw for four touchdowns as Miami coasted to a 70-3 victory over FAMU.
Mark Walton, Gus Edwards and Joe Yearby, running backs, Miami: Think of them as one entity. Togther, the trio rushed for 327 yards against FAU, each back gaining more than 100 yards.
Jason Driskell, quarterback, FAU: Driskell threw for 287 yards and two scores and ran for a third in FAU’s comeback win over Southern Illinois.