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Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Bowden on Ponder's Heisman chances

By Heather Dinich
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

If anyone knows what it takes to win the Heisman Trophy, it's FSU coach Bobby Bowden, who coached two winners in Charlie Ward and Chris Weinke, and a runner-up in Casey Weldon.

Bowden said NC State quarterback Russell Wilson reminds the Florida State coaches of Ward, but "much faster, much faster." It's Christian Ponder, though, who Florida State fans are pushing for college football's most prestigious award. I got a chance to ask Bowden today about his thoughts on Ponder's chances, and whether the Noles' record should be a factor.

"I think that he's probably playing as good or better -- I know he's playing as good or better as any quarterback I've seen this year," Bowden said. "I haven't seen all of them, but it would be hard for somebody to play better. Now, if we were having a great year, his name would pop right up there. But we're still on the losing side, 3-4, and to me you've got to have success with it."

He would know.