February 15, 2009

Ponder in a new role as spring approaches

Last January for Christian Ponder, Florida State's starting quarterback job was a goal and a hope. This January, it's fact.

Ponder, a rising redshirt junior, will enter an offseason in the No. 1 spot for the first time. He said it's a much different feeling starting out at the top than it is looking up at former starter Drew Weatherford.

"This is my team now, and I'm going into spring ball knowing the starter," Ponder said. "It helps me out to kind of relax and bring everybody else with me, get into a role where I'm also teaching out there and helping guys out. I definitely feel a lot more ownership with this team and with what I'm doing as well."

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