Ponder has not challenged Virginia CB Ras-I Dowling, who I highlighted as a player I hoped to scout closely. He's flashed the unique skill set that has led me to rate him as a potential first round quarterback, showing mobility, short to medium range accuracy, and, most importantly the high football IQ to handle the transition to the pros. He's used audibles and correctly read the defense on most plays to check down to open receivers.
That said, he's also been fortunate that two of his early passes weren't intercepted. In both case, the defender simply dropped the ball. The first pass was Ponder's fault, as he underthrew a touch pass down the seam. The second, however, was an accurate pass that the FSU receiver simply slowed down while running the route and the defender did not.
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- FSU QB Christian Ponder fumbles off apparent option play on 1st play of scrimmage vs. UVA. FSU recovered. Ugly play to start game.
- Completes first 2 passes though (including 3rd down), showing why I'm high on him. Steps up in pocket, drifts right, fires drag, out routes.
- Ponder has thrown 2 balls that should have been intercepted. 1st was underthrown down the seam. 2nd, WR quit on route. Both dropped by DBs.
- Best throw of the day so far for Ponder. Looks off S and shows good touch on post for a 15-yard TD. Led WR beautifully. FSU up 17-0 over UVA