We have a new quarterback starting in Christian Ponder. To bench a senior quarterback for a sophmore is a gutsy move, but Jimbo would not have done it if he did not think he was the best man for the job. Ponder came out and impressed me. He is young and is still learning, but looking back, I agree with the decision and was, for the most part, happy with Ponder's play.
Third game in to the season and the first test was Wake Forest at home. Now we were going to see where the offense truely was. And they were no where to be found. It was this game that I thought Jimbo had made a mistake in putting Ponder in at quarterback. The defense did everything they could and kept the Noles in the game, but never could fight back and there is loss #1.
Jimbo sticks with his guns and Ponder still starts and bounces back for four straight wins against Colorado, at Miami, at NC State, and Virginia Tech. Now at this point I am lovong the direction the Noles are going and was hyped for the Georgia Tech game.
The Georgia Tech game was a heartbreaker as we all know. FSU should have, and did win that game, if not for a fumble in the endzone. I was shocked and couldn't believe it. I just knew it might haunt us in the future and did. Winning that game would have put us in the ACC chamionship game and who knows what could have happened then.
The two other losses to Boston College and Florida hurt as well. I will say this, please burn the black uniforms. Those uniforms are not Florida State. Keep the traditional uniforms from now on please. Florida was just too good this year, but look out for us in the future UF.
All in all, this year was an improvement for the Seminoles. We have the youngest offensive line in the country, a slew of young quarterbacks that are still developing, and not one, but two young running backs that can make some noise. The defense is always the Seminoles defense and I look for them to reload again next year.
I love the direction of the program and look forward to next year and an ACC crown.