April 9, 2008

Insider: Ponder excels despite knee injury

Scrimmage wrap (By Gene Williams, Warchant.com)

Offensive overview

In the last scrimmage before Saturday's spring game, the offense again got the best of the defense but this time it was a little more even. The focus of the half scrimmage was on the passing game with Jimbo Fisher's unit racking up 217 yards through the air and two touchdowns. The ground game was an afterthought with the running backs accounting for just four carries.

Overall, the coaches seemed pleased with the results.

"They moved the ball better today and I thought they threw and caught better," head coach Bobby Bowden said of the scrimmage. "But that defense would not let them in that dog gone endzone but they did kick a field goal. Anyway, the offense did move the ball better so we are making some progress."

In addition to the offense getting the upper hand as of late, another recurring pattern has been the exceptional play of Christian Ponder. That continued on Wednesday with the rising sophomore quarterback hitting 9-of-13 attempts for 152 yards and two touchdowns. Backup D'Vontrey Richardson also had a solid afternoon connecting on 8-of-13 for 65 yards. Neither quarterback threw an interception although cornerback Terrance Parks nearly got a hold of an ill-advised pass from Richardson but was unable to hold on.

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