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Ponder Injury Kept A Secret

The Tampa Tribune
Published:   |   Updated: May 20, 2013 at 08:54 PM
TALLAHASSEE -

Call it the best cover-up of the week.

Florida State QB Christian Ponder injured his back during last week's win against Maryland, and apparently no one outside the FSU program knew it.

Maybe that's because he appeared to be 100 percent during practices on Monday and Tuesday.

But Wednesday, his back "locked up." He missed the rest of that practice and all of Thursday's practice, but he took part in Friday's walk-through. Offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher gave the sophomore the green light to start his 12th consecutive game.

Ponder did not play particularly well. He had one 13-yard run, but he finished with four carries for 14 yards.

He completed only five of 14 passes and had two intercepted. After the second pick, on the first play of the second half, Fisher removed Ponder for the remainder of the game.

"That wasn't why we got beat tonight," FSU coach Bobby Bowden said.

ROLLE NOT RETURNING

Rhodes Scholar Myron Rolle announced after the 45-15 loss to Florida that he had played his last home game at FSU.

He has one year of eligibility remaining, but he said he will consider his options between going to Oxford, England, with the Rhodes program and entering the NFL draft.

"It is going to be my last game at this stadium," Rolle said. "Even though I'm not a senior and didn't have my parents with me on the field today, I won't be back."

FSU's second-leading tackler for the 2008 season, Rolle tied LB Dekoda Watson for team honors with seven tackles against Florida.

Rolle has been a starter since midway through his freshman season, and he has one career interception.

NOT A GREAT FAKE

With the Seminoles trailing 28-9 with three seconds left in the first half, FSU senior K Graham Gano lined up for a 40-yard field goal. The Lou Groza Award candidate, who was 3-for-3 on the day and 24-for-26 on the year, could have brought FSU within 28-12 heading into the locker room.

Instead, holder Shawn Powell took the snap and threw a high screen pass in the flat to Gano, who promptly fell down after catching it.

The half was over. The score remained 28-9. Bowden and Fisher both said the staff had a fake planned, but then decided to call it off.

"They were talking about that play, but we said it's too far away, let's kick it," Fisher said. "But somehow, I'm not privy, it got sent in that way. I don't know how."

POSEY RECOGNIZED

Florida State all-everything baseball star Buster Posey received a brief ovation between the third and fourth quarters of Saturday's game.

Earlier in the day, Posey officially received the Dick Howser Trophy, presented to the nation's top college baseball player. Jana Howser, Dick's daughter, participated in the presentation.

A first-round pick of the San Francisco Giants (No. 5 overall), Posey ran the table in postseason awards. Along with the Howser trophy, Posey was honored with the Golden Spikes Award and the Brooks Wallace Award. He also captured the Johnny Bench Award, given to the nation's top college catcher.

The Tallahassee Democrat

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