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Florida State Interviews- Ponder and Dawkins – Florida State University

Florida State Interviews- Ponder and Dawkins – Florida State University


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Florida State Interviews- Ponder and Dawkins

Florida State's Christian Ponder and Everett Dawkins were fifth to talk to the media on Sunday afternoon, and here are the major highlights from what the two Seminoles had to say.

- Ponder said that Coach Bowden was the biggest reason that he came to Florida State

- He always feels that it's a blessing to play for Coach Bowden, but Coach Fisher has stepped into the role nicely, and he expects big things from the Noles this year.

- But it's always tough to see Coach Bowden leave, a tough loss for college football as a whole

- Everett Dawkins likes the new scheme and he likes Coach Mark Stoops

- Dawkins notices the level of intensity is different between Coach Andrews and Coach Stoops

- Ponder notices that the transition between Coach Bowden and Coach Fisher has been easy

- Ponder says that "hype" doesn't mean much until you step on the field, and that he puts a lot of pressure on himself anyways, so he's trying to have fun with the Heisman campaign process

- Dawkins believes that the coaching staff will help the Noles get back to national prominence

- Ponder says that getting both FSU and Miami back to the top will be great for the conference, but that there is a lot of parody in the conference.

- Dawkins says that other than Ponder, Ryan Mallett is his favorite quarterback in the nation

- He alos noted the more zone scheme that Coach Stoops has brought in

- Ponder says that the agent problem is not a problem unless "we make it a problem," and that it's not a problem for the team

- Dawkins says that the spring really prepared the defense, but by game 1 or 2, all the corrections should be made and they should be ready to go "full speed"

- Running the zone scheme has helped Ponder, by seeing different looks that they'll notice all throughout the ACC

- The defense improved a lot during the 14 spring practices

- Dawkins says that the offensive line is fast, and faster than anyone thinks they are

- Dawkins says that everyone is happy for the Heisman campaign that Ponder is going through

- Ponder talked about the overall offensive depth

- He also said that Coach Fisher demands a lot out of the team

- When asked about Tim Tebow, Ponder said he was a great competitor, and it'll make the Florida game more interesting, but that John Brantley will be a good quarterback for the Gators

Boston College is up next...

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