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 Game Day Information
  Florida State
   Wake Forest
  Date:  November 14th – 12:00pm   4-5, 2-4 ACC   4-6, 2-4 ACC  
 Location:  Winston-Salem, NC   Ranking: Not Ranked
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  Last Game: 40-24 (L)
  Last Game: 30-27 (L)
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Training Wheels Off

Manuel Ready For First Start; Bowl Streak On Mind

Nov. 12, 2009

The first question Florida State offensive coordinator fielded following Thursday’s practice was the one on everyone’s mind as the Seminoles prepare for Saturday’s game at Wake Forest.

Is redshirt freshman quarterback EJ Manuel ready to make his first start?

“I think so,” said Fisher. “It’s time to take the training wheels off and find out.”

Manuel makes his first start against the Demon Deacons against a daunting back-drop. Not only is he replacing injured starter and ACC passing leader Christian Ponder, he will be at the controls as the Seminoles try and take one step closer to extending their nation-leading streak of 27 consecutive bowl appearances.

“Each day I’ve just built more and more confidence within myself, knowing that I am able to lead this offense,” Manuel said, with his first week as the starter under his belt.

Manuel’s teammates appear confident that the Parade All-American out of Virginia Beach, Va. is up to the challenge.

“I think EJ made a lot of strides from just being a No. 2 quarterback to a No. 1 quarterback,” said Bert Reed, FSU’s top receiver. “I think he’s handled it very well. I think it’s more of a responsibility on us receivers to make sure the play calls are right and just make sure everything is how it’s supposed to be.”

One of the primary focuses this week in practice has been establishing some chemistry between Manuel and his receivers on the practice field.  

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Doak Insider Podcast

Nov. 12, 2009

Join Ryan Pensy, Brandon Mellor and Scott Kotick as they break down the top college football games in this free Seminoles.com podcast.

The crew previews Florida State at Wake Forest and then gets into a spirited debate about the current BCS system versus a playoff system.

Click Here to download the free podcast for your iPod or other .mp3 device and check out other podcasts in the Seminoles.com iTunes room.



Common Ground

FSU, Wake Seasons Have Followed Similar Paths

Nov. 11, 2009

When the 2009 season unfolded many predicted Florida State and Wake Forest would contend for the right to represent the ACC’s Atlantic Division in the conference championship game.

As it turns out, the Seminoles (4-5, 2-4 ACC) and Demon Deacons (4-6, 2-4) square off Saturday in Winston-Salem, NC battling to keep bowl hopes alive.

“They’re like us in a lot of ways – could have won every game they’ve played,” FSU coach Bobby Bowden said following Wednesday’s practice. “We’re the same way.”

Neither team has consistently found a way to pull out victories in the fourth quarter. Five of Wake Forest’s six defeats have come by a combined total of 13 points, including a pair of overtime losses. Likewise, the Seminoles have been in each of their five defeats until the final period; most of which were determined in the closing minutes.

“I don’t know how unlucky we are, but if we had been a little bit luckier we’d both have a better won-loss record,” said Bowden.

The Seminoles are coming off their most lopsided loss of the season, a 16-point setback at Clemson, which included the loss of starting quarterback Christian Ponder for the remainder of the season with a shoulder injury. Wake Forest is trying to snap a four-game losing streak, which began with a 35-point loss at Clemson. Deacs quarterback Riley Skinner also missed some time along the way with a concussion, but played in last week’s overtime loss to Georgia Tech.  

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Manuel Labor

Quarterback EJ Manuel Gets To Work As Starter

Nov. 10, 2009

Florida State offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher said the strongest quality quarterbacks Christian Ponder and EJ Manuel share is their accountability. Each is an outstanding student, who understands the importance of working hard.

Manuel will lean on those qualities Saturday when he makes his first start in place of Ponder, who is out for the season with a shoulder injury. The Seminoles travel to Wake Forest for a game that carries significant postseason implications for two teams that have struggled to win close games.

Manuel said it’s an opportunity he has been anxiously awaiting, “but I hate that Christian had to get hurt for it to happen.”

Ponder, who will be facing shoulder surgery soon, will make the trip with the Seminoles to help Manuel’s transition from back-up to starter, replacing the ACC leader in passing and total offense. Watching Ponder’s development has been beneficial to the 19-year-old redshirt freshman.

“Christian led by just having good examples; by his performance on the field,” Manuel said, when asked about his own leader

ship qualities. “A lot of things, he didn’t have to say. He just put it out on the field and the guys followed him.”

To that end, Manuel said he will happily lean on his offensive line and skilled players to get the job done against the Demon Deacons.  

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Ponder Out For Season

Quarterback Facing Right Shoulder Surgery; Spring Return Expected

Nov. 9, 2009

Florida State redshirt junior quarterback Christian Ponder, who leads the Atlantic Coast Conference in passing and total offense, will miss the remainder of the season with a right shoulder injury that will require surgery.

“Christian suffered a grade-3, right shoulder AC (acromioclavicular) separation,” FSU director of sports medicine Randy Oravetz said. “It has been determined that this is a season-ending injury and surgery will be performed in the next few weeks.”

The course of action was determined after Ponder was examined M

onday by team physicians and specialists with the Tallahassee Orthopedic Center.

“Our biggest loss this weekend was losing Christian Ponder right there at the end of the game when he made a tackle on the sideline,” FSU coach Bobby Bowden said. “It shows his competitiveness, but he’s out for the year now.”

Ponder was injured while making a fourth quarter tackle of Clemson safety DeAndre McDaniel, following an interception.

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