It does not get much better in college football than to have a returning senior starter and that is exactly what the Seminoles have in 2010. Throw in that Christian Ponder is one of the five best in the game and clearly expectations should be high. Not only is he one of the top starters, but FSU may have the top back-up in the country in E.J. Manuel. This is an outstanding situation.
Ponder(6-2, 230) threw for 2,717 yards and 14 touchdowns in just nine starts as a junior and also possesses the ability to make plays with his feet. Clearly he has the ability to lead this offense to great things, the only thing that can hold him back is another injury.
He will have plenty of weapons with a stable of quality backs and some talented wide receivers. With one of the top offensive lines in the country and an offense that is just about perfect for his skill-set, we should be to watch a season that could end with a Heisman Trophy.
Manuel(6-5, 225) filled in admirably last year when Ponder went down. He threw for 817 yards, but it was his bowl game performance against West Virginia that really shows what he is capable of going forward. Manuel went 17-24 for 189 yards and added 69 yards and a touchdown on the ground.
Just a redshirt sophomore, Manuel is in a great position. One more year of tutelage and he should be ready to take over in the Spring. If something should happen to Ponder, we are in capable hands.
While Manuel will be the clear front runner heading into the Spring, it is still an outstanding opportunity for these two young signal callers. Trickett possesses the cerebral qualities that sometimes go unnoticed with so many focusing on the physical aspects.
If you look to our in-state rivals you will see that both essentially have true freshmen in the backup role(Burton and Morris). Having Manuel ready to go should be very re-assuring for Seminole fans.
It is always hard to speculate on numbers. We would expect this to be a consistent and reliable passing game, in a perfect world you can add "clutch". If the opportunity is there, it could produce big numbers.