Tag:Christian Ponder Injury
Posted on: January 4, 2011 9:16 pm

Ponder doesn't remember play after hit

Posted by Chip Patterson

Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder saw his fair share of injury issues this season.  Most notably, there was an elbow issue that kept him out of the Clemson game as well as the ACC Championship Game against Virginia Tech.  It has been a tumultuous season for the senior, who entered as one of the players to watch in the Heisman discussion.  Unfortunately, his final game in a Seminoles uniform was cut short in the second quarter when an 8 yard scramble ended with a concussion-inducing shot to the back the head.  E.J. Manuel entered the game and eventually led Florida State to a victory over the Gamecocks, but Ponder stayed in for one last play after the hit.  There's just one thing: he doesn't remember running the play.

The Orlando Sentinel spoke with Christian's father, David Ponder, who said that his son did not remember the 4th down conversion on the South Carolina 2 yard line following the hit.  On the play, Ponder dropped back and attempted a pass to Lonnie Pryor that fell well short.  Ponder looked dazed on the failed conversion, and did not return to the game.  

Ponder will play in the Senior Bowl later this month before preparations for April's NFL Draft.  Ponder is considered to be one of the top quarterback prospects in the senior class, despite his numbers dropping from his junior to senior season.  
Posted on: December 15, 2010 10:03 am
Edited on: December 15, 2010 10:08 am

Christian Ponder's elbow woes continue

Posted by Chip Patterson

Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder entered his senior year with hopes of putting a nice cap on a mostly successful career at Florida State.  He was on the watch list for most major awards, and even was the ACC's endorsed Heisman candidate.  Ponder has put up impressive numbers, throwing for 20 touchdowns and only 8 interceptions in 11 games of action.  He will fall well short of last season's 2717 yards passing, but that is more a credit to Florida State's rapidly improving rushing attack.  When all healthy, the three-man attack of Chris Thompson, Ty Jones, and Jermaine Thomas wore teams down and allowed Ponder to put together yet another efficient season.

But Ponder has struggled with an elbow injury in the last half of the season.  On Friday, Ponder underwent his second surgical procedure in four weeks to remove scar tissue from the elbow.  Last time, the doctors operated on his elbow and drained enough fluid to "fill a 16-ounce soda bottle."  Despite the frustrations of undergoing another operation on the nagging injury, Ponder was all jokes for reporters on Tuesday.  When asked about the operation, he informed reporters that his arm had been amputated.

"I'm probably going to put it on eBay," Ponder said of his right arm, which was concealed in a sling under a baggy sweatshirt. "See if I can make some money off it."

Ponder will miss all of Florida State's practices until arriving in Atlanta for the Chick Fil-A Bowl on December 26, then they will reevaluate the situation.  If Ponder cannot go against South Carolina, E.J. Manuel will once again get the nod.  Manuel filled in for Ponder earlier this season in the 16-13 last minute victory over Clemson.  Ponder dressed, but watched from the sideline as Manuel helped lead the Seminoles on a victory drive that would eventually help clinch the Atlantic Division crown.  When Ponder was a last-minute scratch for the ACC Championship Game against Virginia Tech, Manuel put together an impressive performance against a talented Hokies defense.  It might have been a good experience for the sophomore signal-caller, especially if he has to face the SEC runner-up on New Years Eve in the Georgia Dome.
Posted on: December 4, 2010 5:21 pm
Edited on: December 4, 2010 5:29 pm

Report: Christian Ponder not starting for FSU

Posted by Chip Patterson

Florida State will try and reclaim their position on top of the ACC against Virginia Tech on Saturday in the conference championship game in Charlotte, NC.  According to a last-minute report, it looks like they will have to do so without starting quarterback Christian Ponder.

Ponder has been battling issues with a bursa sac in his elbow for most of the season, and has had fluid drained from the elbow as recently as Sunday.  Even though doctors have medically cleared Ponder to play, sources have told the Tallahassee Democrat that Ponder will be replaced in the starting lineup by sophomore EJ Manuel.  

Ponder was held out of the Seminole's 16-13 victory over Clemson earlier in the season for the same reason.  Manuel had an impressive outing, throwing for 210 yards and a touchdown and burning the Tigers' defense for 71 yards and another score on the ground.  The report says that Ponder will still be available to play, but will not start for the Seminoles.  

Stay tuned to CBSSports.com for more updates on this story as it develops.
Posted on: September 23, 2010 10:46 am

Ponder's backup practicing with first team

Posted by Chip Patterson

Going into 2010, it was expected that Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder would have a hardware-worthy season.  The entire ACC endorsed him as the conference's Heisman candidate, even firing up CP7ForHeisman.com.  Along with first-year head coach Jimbo Fisher, this was supposed to be the year that Florida State returns to national prominence.  But after getting run out of Norman 47-17 by the Oklahoma Sooners, there has been a shade of doubt cast over those assumptions.

Ponder's supposed Heisman-worthy season has not been all that it was projected to be either.  While he has been finding the end zone, Ponder has yet to throw over 170 yards once this season after averaging 301 yards per game in 2009.  Some of that can be credited to an improved running game, but if Ponder was supposed to be the superstar that the ACC expected, the Seminole offense should not be 57th in the nation in passing.  

To make matters worse for Ponder, a sharp hit from a defenders helmet in the Oklahoma game has bruised the triceps on his throwing arm.  Ponder played through the pain last week in the Seminoles' 34-10 win over BYU, but has been resting the arm this week in practice.  His backup, EJ Manuel, has been practicing with the first team offense.

"If something does happen to [Ponder] and I have to go in, I feel perfectly fine going in and I feel my teammates are confident in me as well," Manuel said. "… I'll be ready."

When Manuel played in relief of an injured Ponder a season ago, coach Jimbo Fisher then the offensive coordinator — adjusted the offense to fit Manuel's limited experience. But in practice this week Manuel has executed the usual offense.

"It hasn't been catered or tailored at all," he said. "We're still doing the same vertical throws. I've been having good days throwing, I think. [The] offense has still been doing well.

Manuel was 3-1 as a starter in 2009, but the adjustment period was not smooth by any means.  Only throwing two touchdowns and totaling six interceptions, Manuel was more of a threat on the ground, where he averaged 4.5 yards per carry.  If he does see the field against Wake Forest, it should be a comfortable feeling for the sophomore quarterback.  it was against the Demon Deacons a year ago when Manuel got his first start and completed 15 of 20 passes for 220 yards and a touchdown.  

As of Thursday morning, Ponder is expected to start.  But if the Seminoles jump out to an early lead on Wake Forest, don't be surprised to see EJ Manuel back on the field.

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