WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – With college football’s longest active bowl-game streak on the line and their redshirt junior quarterback relegated to the sideline with a season-ending injury, the Florida State football team turned to a rookie Saturday afternoon at Wake Forest.
Making his first career start, redshirt freshman EJ Manuel showed exactly why he was considered one of the country’s best high school quarterbacks as a senior two years ago and exactly how well he has been coached since becoming a collegian as he guided the Seminoles to a 41-28 win over the Demon Deacons.
At game’s end, the 6-foot-5 signal-caller’s stat line looked nothing like that of a quarterback whose only prior experience was mop-up duty against BYU and a few meaningless plays against Clemson. With injured starter Christian Ponder serving as his sideline mentor, Manuel completed 15 of his 20 pass attempts for 221 yards, one touchdown and just one interception. (read
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