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“I dealt with being the face of Florida State and handling the pressure there,” Ponder said. “Obviously it’s a whole ‘nother level in the NFL, but I don’t think anyone else puts as much pressure on me as I do on myself. I’m a perfectionist. … No one’s expectations exceed mine.”

With the lockout lifted by a court ruling, for now, players will be welcome to arrive at Winter Park on Friday for workouts, playbooks and conversations with coaches. Frazier said he’s putting together a schedule for offseason practices, known as organized team activities, and the mandatory minicamps. Ponder was scheduled to travel to Minnesota on Friday to get his NFL career started.

As a first-time head coach, Frazier’s term _ however long it lasts _ will likely be tied to the success or failure of Ponder in this coach- and quarterback-driven league.

“That may happen, but I feel good about it,” Frazier said. “That’s one of the reasons I endorsed this pick, so that’s not a problem for me. I’m looking forward to Christian being our quarterback and doing a great job for us for a long time to come.”