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FSU notes: Bobby Bowden's reasoning for keeping QBs status quo

9/24/2008

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

It makes sense.

Florida State's coaching staff wants to see what quarterbacks Christian Ponder and D'Vontrey Richardson can do when they're not constantly faced with situations like third-and-20. There wasn't any serious consideration given to putting veteran Drew Weatherford in against Wake Forest, and he isn't getting any more of a look this week heading into the Colorado game.

Ponder and Richardson combined for five interceptions in the 12-3 loss to Wake, but Bowden said the key to helping the quarterbacks is not replacing them -- it's eliminating the 12 penalties for 139 yards.

"Our quarterbacks faced so many difficult situations last week, having to start drives from the 10, making a 15-yard gain and having it penalized 15 yards ... thinks like that we felt we can do better under different circumstances, so that's the direction we go," Bowden said. "We'll evaluate it after every game.

"You can't believe the times where we were in first down and 25 back on our end of the field. That's kind of a desperate situation if you've gotta have it. Also it's kind of a passing situation, which the other team knows. ... We forced ourselves to throw downfield more than we should have, more than we wanted to and we're not likely to do that again."

Fair enough. The one player who should have seen time, though, was freshman running back Jermaine Thomas, who played well in the first two games but was benched against Wake Forest in favor of a rusty Preston Parker.

Bowden said "it won't happen again."

"He's done everything we asked of him," Bowden said of Thomas. " ... but as you look back, don't you wish you would've played 38? That's the way we look at it."

The encouraging thing for the Seminoles?

"We ain't as bad as we played last week," Bowden said.

* Bowden said defensive tackle Paul Griffin and fullback Marcus Sims have not returned to the team yet.