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He has Florida State ‘Ponder’ing Heisman – Florida State University

He has Florida State ‘Ponder’ing Heisman – Florida State University


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He has Florida State 'Ponder'ing Heisman

Courtesy of Matt LeBlanc, Houmatoday.com

THIBODAUX -- Christian Ponder attended the Manning Passing Academy as a high school freshman, so it's only appropriate he would wrap up his final summer as Florida State's starting quarterback by coaching at the same camp last weekend at Nicholls State.

"It's just cool being on the other side of it," Ponder said of coaching at the camp, which concluded Sunday. "I was excited when they asked me to come do it. It was kind of a no-brainer. I was excited the whole summer, looking forward to coming out here."

Based off the fanfare surrounding Ponder leading into this season, he is aware of the impact the camp can have on a quarterback.

Florida State announced last week its decision to promote Ponder as a Heisman Trophy candidate.

The school launched a website -- www.cp7forheisman.com -- highlighting Ponder's credentials, something the Colleyville, Texas, native says is exciting.

"It's kind of a surreal experience," he said.

"If you would have told me a couple years ago that I'd have my own website promoting me for Heisman, I wouldn't have believed it. It's crazy stuff."

To win the Heisman, Ponder will have to improve on some impressive numbers he posted last season before suffering a shoulder injury after nine games.

Before the injury, Ponder had thrown for 2,717 yards (302 yards per game), 14 touchdowns and seven interceptions, while completing 68.8 percent of his passes in nine games.

Now he's back fully healthy with most of the offense returning, so things on the field should be back to normal.

There is going to be a change off the field, though.

A new head coach.

Coaching legend Bobby Bowden has stepped down after 34 years and will be replaced by offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher.

"He definitely is a legend," Ponder said of Bowden.

"I was granted the greatest opportunity. My dad played for Florida State back in the early '80s, so I always had the dream of playing under Coach Bowden. I've just been living a dream."

While it will be different with a new head coach, Ponder said the adjustments under Fisher have been easy since Fisher has been in Tallahassee, Fla., since 2007.

"We lucked out. If we would have brought in a new guy from outside the program, it would have been difficult," Ponder said.

"All of us are used to (Fisher's) coaching style and knew what he was bringing to the table, so it was an easy adjustment for us. He demands a lot out of us, but he gives us a lot."

So far, Ponder can call his time at Florida State a success.

Not only is he a Heisman candidate, but he has two degrees and is working toward a coaching certification.

"Football's going to end at some point," he stressed.

But for now, Ponder is focused on his senior season and beyond.

"It's right around the corner," he said.

"We always have high expectations. We have a good team. If we don't win the ACC, we'll be disappointed. We expect to do good things."

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