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Young quarterbacks highlight FSU’s Spring game in Orlando

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A pair of young quarterbacks dueled down to the wire, and beyond it, as FSU’s spring game ended in a 24-24 tie.

Coach Jimbo Fisher seemed to be enjoying the heroics of freshman Malik Henry and sophomore Deondre Francois so much, in fact, that he waved off a fumble by Francois and extended the game by 90 seconds.

In short, Henry brought his team from behind, then Francois, then Henry, then Francoise led his team to the tying field goal in the final moments.

“You saw what we can be, and what we need to work on,” said Fisher.

In all, Francois hit 20 of 33 passes for 246 yards and two touchdowns. Henry hit 15 of 22 for 205 yards and two scores. With starter Sean Maguire out recovering from a broken ankle, it puts the Seminoles in position for a strong quarterback competition in the fall.

Ryan Green had 84 yards rushing for the Gold, and Auden Tate had 100 yards on six catches and two scores. However, Francoise had two interceptions and a fumble.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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