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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.
 
 
 
 
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