Florida State leads nation with 11 NFL Draft picks to establish a new school record, as six 'Noles hear their name called Saturday.
2010 GAME-BY-GAME OFFENSIVE STATS
2010: Three-year starter and one of the most successful quarterbacks in school history on and off the field...fifth-year senior entered campaign as the lone active FBS player in the country to have earned an MBA degree (spring 2010) before playing his final season...has collected a myriad of awards along the way, including: NFF Scholar-Athlete; James Tatum Award (ACC's top football student-athlete), Allstate AFCA Goodworks Award and first team CoSIDA Academic All-District honors...won FCA Bobby Bowden Award...first team Lowe's Senior CLASS Award...was also a finalist for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award and the Wuerffel Trophy...became the first FSU quarterback since Chris Weinke in 1999 to defeat both Miami and Florida in the same season, delivering the `Noles their unofficial state championship by a combined 52-point margin; the largest ever recorded...is the first Seminole quarterback since Gary Huff in 1971 and 1972 to score two career wins at Miami...ranked among the top five at FSU for career passing yards (4th, 6,872), career completions (3rd, 596), career total offense (3rd, 7,705), career TD passes (tied 5th, 49) and career completion percentage (2nd, 61.8)...his 22 career victories as a starter tied for third in school history...despite a season-long battle with an arm injury, Ponder tossed a single-season, career-high 20 touchdown passes with only eight interceptions in 12 starts...his 49 career TD passes tied for 19th in ACC history...completed 184 of 299 attempts for 2,044 yards in 2010...rushed for 180 yards and equaled his single-season, career-high with four TD runs...had six multi-touchdown pass games, including a season-high four against Samford and three against both North Carolina and Florida...Ponder was especially efficient on third down and in the red zone. Of his 45 third down pass completions, 41 resulted in first downs or touchdowns...FSU led the ACC in third down conversions...in the red zone, Ponder was 30 of 50 for 240 yards and 16 touchdowns with just one interception...he led the Seminoles to a 9-3 record as the starting quarterback this season...ranks 24th in ACC history for passing yards and total offense.
2009:Started the first nine games of the season before suffering a shoulder injury while making a tackle at Clemson, which required season-ending surgery...at the time of the injury, Ponder ranked among the nation's top quarterbacks in virtually every statistical category...though he failed to reach the minimum percentage of games played required to appear in NCAA statistics, the ACC still recognized his league-leading 321.8 total yards a game...that was the sixth-best season for total offense in ACC history...was the only ACC quarterback to average more than 300 passing yards a game (301.9)...Ponder was FSU's offensive captain as a junior and earned All-ACC honorable mention distinction, narrowly missing a spot on the second team...was a finalist for the Wuerffel Trophy, which weighs athletic, academic and community service efforts...was a semifinalist for the prestigious Maxwell Award as well as a semifinalist for the Manning Award...recorded at least 250 yards passing in eight of nine games, including the first four 300+ yard games of his career...threw five TD passes against Georgia Tech in defeat, which ranks 3rd in FSU's single-game records...tied FSU and ACC record with a 98-yard TD pass to Rod Owens in the win at UNC...had a career-high 395 yards passing to rally the Seminoles in the second half to victory over the Tar Heels in a nationally-televised game...earned ACC Offensive Back of the Week honors for the performance against UNC...rushed for a season-high 77 yards, including a TD in FSU's 54-28 romp at No. 7 BYU, which ended the Cougars' 18-game home winning streak...directed the `Noles to come-from-behind, fourth quarter wins against Jacksonville State, North Carolina and NC State...was well on his way to a 3,000-yard passing season prior to the injury and finished with 2,717 through the air...completed 68.8 percent of his pass attempts and tossed 14 touchdown passes compared to seven interceptions...finished with a 147.71 pass efficiency rating which ranked among the nation's best...enters his final season ranked ninth at FSU in career passing yards (4,828) and third in career completion percentage (61.9)...earned his MBA in the spring of 2010 and is currently enrolled in sport management graduate program...was one of three `Noles named to the ACC All-Academic football team.
2008: Started all 13 games and led FSU to its first nine-win season since 2004 as a first-year starter...named offensive MVP and Seminole Warrior...passed for 2,006 yards and 14 TDs, completing 55.7 percent of his attempts...became the first FSU quarterback since Charlie Ward to rush for more than 400 yards in a season and finished second on the team with four rushing TDs...his running prowess was unearthed in a 144-yard performance in a win at Miami; second only in FSU history to quarterback Ken MacLean's 146 set in 1948.
2007: Played in one game - the first game of his career - as he was forced into action on the road at Virginia Tech...performed admirably by leading the `Noles to 15 second half points...his first career TD pass - an 8-yard strike to De'Cody Fagg - gave the `Noles a 21-20 lead late in the third quarter...he finished the game with 108 passing yards.
Personal: An outstanding student who boasts a 3.7 gpa over the course of his collegiate career...earned a bachelor's degree in finance in two and a half years...well-rounded student-athlete who is heavily active in community service endeavors...the son of former FSU defensive tackle David Ponder, he graduated from Heritage High School in January of 2006 and enrolled at FSU immediately...a three-star quarterback prospect who earned All-District honors in one of Texas' toughest districts in suburban Dallas...threw for 2,214 yards and 20 TDs as a senior and rushed for 911 yards and 12 TDs...Ponder's highlight performance was a 318-yard, three TD passing game against eventual state champion Southlake Carroll...passed for 1,500 yards and seven TDs as a junior...chose FSU over Oklahoma State, Arizona, NC State and Georgia Tech...born February 25, 1988.