Posted by Chip Patterson
Despite being cleared to play by team doctors, Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder will not be starting for the Seminoles against Clemson Saturday night. A game-time decision, head coach Jimbo Fisher has decided to start sophomore E.J. Manuel instead. Ponder has been suffering from swelling in his elbow, which has limited his practice time all through the week. Ponder is dressed out for Florida State, but will only be used "if we need him," says Fisher. Speaking to ESPN just before kickoff, Fisher said that "there was no use in risking it" with Ponder.
Interesting confidence considering the importance of this game in the ACC Atlantic Division race. With Maryland and N.C. State both winning earlier, Florida State cannot afford to pick up a third conference loss. The Seminoles are coming off two heart breaking losses that included late game drives by Christian Ponder to win the game. Against N.C. State it ended in a fumble, and against North Carolina it was a missed field goal. It will be interesting to see if/when Fisher decides to put the Senior signal-caller out on the field.