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Is the news of the death of Florida State football and Bobby Bowden's coaching career premature? Ask Butch Davis.
After an incredible 18-point comeback win against the Tar Heels this past week, the Seminoles are flying high despite sporting a 3-4 record.
Bowden described the play of his team afterward as the worst he'd ever seen during his long, long tenure in Tallahassee. Still, it feels like a turning point in what's been a very disappointing season for the scarlet and gold.
Here are three players even Bowden has to admit play well every week:
QB Chris Ponder—Without Chris Ponder, FSU is winless. Bold statement, but for a team so wildly inconsistent and baffling considering its talent level, only a guy like Ponder could hold the fort down while his teammates come back to their senses.
While FSU hasn't scored a ton of points through the passing game, Ponder is completing 70 percent of his passes with a 12/1 TD/INT ratio.
He limits mistakes and puts his guys in good positions. That's all you can really ask from a leader. If FSU manages to learn from their mistakes in 2009, Ponder could really have a great senior year come 2010.
G Rodney Hudson—I really wanted to put a defensive player in one of these three slots for FSU, I really did. But, and I'm not being cheeky here, defense has not been a priority recently for the 'Noles. Defenders are routinely out of position and the tackling has been abysmal.
Therefore, I present one of our FSU writers'nominees, junior guard and preseason All American, Rodney Hudson. Suffice it to say, without an offensive line including Hudson, Ponder couldn't do what he does.
CB/KR-PR Greg Reid—This freshman corner is one of the bright spots on this sub-par Seminoles defense. (I do want to give an honorable mention to Dekoda Watson and his 7.5 sacks.)
Reid has two interceptions, returning one for a touchdown, but where his presence has really been felt is on special teams.
Through kick returns and punt returns, he leads the team in all-purpose yardage with 571. Not bad for a guy in his first year. Expect big things in the future for this former high school All-American.