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Wednesday, December 8, 2010
3-point stance: Ponder says he'll be ready

By Ivan Maisel

1. Florida State senior quarterback Christian Ponder, a National Football Foundation scholar-athlete, said in New York on Tuesday that the ailing elbow that kept him out of the ACC Championship Game will benefit greatly from two weeks of rest. He will see a doctor on Thursday, and expects to miss the first week of bowl practice as the Seminoles prepare for South Carolina in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. But, Ponder said, he will be ready to play.

2. Playoffs or bowls? Two small college NFF scholar-athletes who have participated in NCAA playoffs endorsed the concept Tuesday. Division III St. Thomas back Ben Wartman called it “grueling,” and “fun” in nearly the same breath. Added Division II Minnesota-Duluth back Isaac Odim, “It’s a lot of work….But I definitely think it would be possible for an eight-team (FBS) playoff.”

3. Alabama senior quarterback Greg McElroy, also an NFF scholar-athlete, showed no ill effects of the concussion he received in the second half of the loss to Auburn 12 days ago. McElroy gave an impassioned defense of the BCS and the bowls. Not only will the two best teams play for the national championship, McElroy said, but “there are 70 teams across the nation that will get the opportunity to play just a little bit longer.”