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.