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FRESHMAN DEONDRE FRANCOIS did his part this spring to ensure Florida State has a QB battle once the returning starter, junior Sean Maguire, recovers from a broken left ankle. Francois, a four-star recruit, appears to have higher upside, but he must show he's ready to lead. Star junior running back Dalvin Cook underwent surgery on his right shoulder but is expected back for fall camp.... For the second straight spring all eyes were on Clemson's defense as it attempts to replace seven starters. The front seven looks good, especially sophomore Austin Bryant at end, freshman Dexter Lawrence at tackle and sophomore Kendall Joseph at middle linebacker. But junior cornerback Adrian Baker's torn ACL leaves the secondary in flux.... It came against Louisville's second-team D, but Lamar Jackson's spring-game performance was sensational. The sophomore quarterback completed 24 of 29 passes for 519 yards, with eight touchdowns.... In perhaps the most uplifting story of the off-season, Pittsburgh junior running back James Conner returned to practice after being diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in December. The 2014 ACC player of the year is expected to suit up this fall.

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