Alcorn defensive back Devon Francois succeeds on and off the football field

For Alcorn State University Braves football defensive back and New Orleans, La. native Devon Francois, competing for a Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Championship is a great way to cap off his college career.

“This is our due season,” said Francois, who majors in health and physical education and recreation. “It’s a great feeling. I’ve been here four years and there’s no better way to end my college career than playing in and winning the SWAC Championship.”

Francois has had a great season in his senior year in Alcorn’s secondary. His awareness on the field has helped him collect a team leading five interceptions this season. He also leads the team in tackles with 79. His skills in being a ball hawk and stiff defender were on full display against the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff, a game that resulted in the Braves pummeling the Golden Lions 56-6.

“That game was my most memorable moment of this season so far. I had two interceptions in that game with one being a touchdown and I had nine tackles.”

Francois’ accomplishments don’t stop on the football field. In October, He was listed as one of Alcorn’s 92 honor student athletes who were recognized for their dedication to their studies. Although he is dedicated to honing his football skills, he realizes the importance of being a productive student.

“I believe that education is the main purpose for me being here. I am a student first. God just gave me the ability to play the game of football, but I know one day that my playing days will come to an end. That’s when I will fall back on my degree.”

Francois reached another career milestone when the Jackson Touchdown Club in Jackson, Miss. awarded him with the Most Valuable Senior Award on Dec. 1. Seniors from football programs from across Mississippi were eligible for the award at the River Hills Club of Jackson. Francois was excited about the honor.

“It felt great to be honored with this award. It’s a reflection on my hard work and dedication.”

Francois plans to further his career in football after he graduates in May of 2015.

“I will pursue a career in football, whether it’s the NFL or Canadian Football League (CFL). I really love the game.”

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