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.