Ponder done for season

Just as first reported by NoleDigest.com, Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder will need season surgery to repair a separated shoulder which will sideline him for the remainder of the season. The official announcement came Monday afternoon as Florida State released the terrible news.

Sunday morning, NoleDigest reported that quarterback Christian Ponder would need season-ending surgery following his separated shoulder that came when making a tackle on Clemson safety DeAndre McDaniel following an interception. Monday afternoon, Florida State confirmed NoleDigest's reports saying Ponder would be sidelined until the spring.

Coach Bowden said at his luncheon that Ponder will undergo surgery within the next two weeks and miss the rest of the season.

Ponder had started all nine games for Florida State and put up incredible numbers on the season. He has completed 68.8% of his passes for 2,717 yards, 14 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Ponder was also Florida State's third leading rusher as he has ran for 318 yards on the season.

Filling his shoes for the remainder of the season will be redshirt freshman EJ Manuel who has been used very sparingly this season. Manuel has appeared in just three games and attempted just four passes on the season. He also missed all but one day last spring due to an injury to his throwing hand. In high school, Manuel threw for over 7,000 yards and 68 touchdowns.

The Virginia Beach native is slated to make his first career start this Saturday when Florida State takes on the Demon Deacons of Wake Forest. Kickoff is set for noon and the game will be broadcast to a national audience on ESPNU and ESPNU HD.

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