FSU QB Deondre Francois Reportedly Facing Misdemeanor Marijuana Charge

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Florida State quarterback Deondre Francois (12) runs against Alabama during the second half of an NCAA football game, Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, in Atlanta. Alabama won 24-7. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
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Florida State quarterback Deondre Francois was reportedly served notice Thursday to appear in court on a misdemeanor marijuana charge. 

According to the Tallahassee Democrat's Jim Henry, Francois is facing a charge of possession of fewer than 20 grams of marijuana. 

"We are aware of the situation and it is being handled internally," head coach Willie Taggart told Henry. 

On Friday, Safid Deen of the Orlando Sentinel reported Francois qualified for the state's diversionary program, in which he'll do community service and pay a fine for the offense. 

Francois, a redshirt junior, broke out in 2016 when he completed 58.8 percent of his passes for 3,350 yards, 20 touchdowns and seven interceptions. 

However, his 2017 season was cut short in the fourth quarter of the Seminoles' season-opening loss to the Alabama Crimson Tide when he suffered a torn patellar tendon. 

According to Henry, Francois has been "limited" in spring practice and taken snaps behind true sophomore James Blackman. 

The Seminoles are scheduled to hold their annual spring game Saturday night. 

Francois, 21, was previously investigated in January for allegations of domestic violence involving his pregnant girlfriend. No arrests were made and charges were not filed. 

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