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That doesn’t mean Ponder will play the full four quarters.
“I want him to go a couple of hard days of practice and then the third hard day we’ll make decisions on everything we’re going to do,” Fisher said.
Ponder missed the Seminoles’ 44-33 Atlantic Coast Conference championship game loss to Virginia Tech with a right elbow injury. He has had problems with the elbow through all season but has played in 11 games.
Ponder had minor surgery after the ACC championship game to remove scar tissue around the elbow. He has had fluid drained from the elbow during the season.
“Most guys would have played about two or three ballgames this year and sat down,” Fisher said. “He hasn’t missed anything until the end when he finally couldn’t go in the championship game. He embodies everything I envision when I want people to think about Florida State football players.”
Ponder, a three-year starter, set a career high by throwing 20 touchdown passes for the No. 23 Seminoles. He said Tuesday he has no swelling or pain in his elbow.
“It feels fine,” Ponder said. “The past couple of practices, no swelling or anything, no pain. I am just getting my body back in shape and getting my rhythm back, but other than that I’m fine.”
Ponder has been invited to play in the Jan. 29 Senior Bowl all-star game in Mobile, Ala., but he’s not looking past his final game with Florida State.
“I think we’ll have to see how my elbow turns out after this game,” he said. “I want to play. It’s a great opportunity and I’d love to take advantage of it but we’ll see how it plays out.”
Ponder, a three-year starter, has Florida State (9-4) in position for its first 10-win season since 2003. He ranks among the top 25 quarterbacks in ACC history with 6,866 yards passing for his career, but he is even more accomplished in the classroom.
Ponder had his master’s degree in business before the season. He has been named a National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete and won the James Tatum Award as the ACC’s top student-athlete in football.
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