Monday, March 29, 2010
Ponder's return highlights FSU scrimmage
By Brian Bennett
Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder looked like his old self Saturday.
Ponder, who had surgery on his right shoulder four months ago, took all the snaps with the first-team offense in the Seminoles’ first full scrimmage of the spring. He went 6-for-12 for 91 yards, including a 19-yard touchdown pass to tight end Beau Reliford. More importantly, he threw without any pain.
"It’s been a while and to get back and scrimmage and actually play a little football, it was fun," said Ponder. "We really know what we’re doing, having everyone back, and we’re only going to get better."
It's nice to have a veteran offensive line protecting you and a good running game to lean on. Florida State's rushing attack -- consisting of Chris Thompson, Jermaine Thomas, Lonnie Pryor, Tavares Pressley and newcomer Debrale Smiley -- combined for 262 yards on 31 carries with three rushing touchdowns.
Getting Ponder back, though, was the big story.
"His arm is getting stronger," coach Jimbo Fisher said. "He is starting to get a better feel for the pocket where he is flicking the ball around. He missed a few throws, one in the flats to the fullback. I thought overall he was solid. He didn’t do anything bad, but overall he was just OK."
The second-team offense, led by quarterback Will Secord, didn't have as much success. Credit defensive end Brandon Jenkins for causing havoc, with five tackles for loss and three sacks.