Christian Ponder Will Be Florida State's Savior

Daniel BrommerCorrespondent ISeptember 5, 2008

This was a huge week for Florida State and for Florida State fans.  As great as Drew Weatherford has been...sorry, even I can't write that without laughing.  Weatherford has been a failure in every sense of the word.

I give him all the credit in the world for trying to live up to the expectations, but he failed.  His freshman year looked like he was going to be the next great FSU quarterback.

Then there was Xavier Lee.  There's not much more to say there: the biggest disappointment in FSU history, a promising five-star quarterback dubbed the next Charlie Ward.  I thought he was going to come into his own last year after the Alabama game, but I was very wrong.  He just couldn't get any system down.

Now there is hope: Christian Ponder.  He wasn't a highly touted recruit out of high school, but he's learned the system.  He's dedicated himself to being a good quarterback, and it paid off.  As of Wednesday this week, offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher named Ponder the starting quarterback.

As a Florida State fan, I couldn't be happier.  This is a new change, and a good change.  Ponder has a strong arm, and he showed flashes of greatness in the Virginia Tech game until he started making freshman mistakes.

I'm confident in his ability though, and with an arsenal of receivers to throw to and two solid running backs in the backfield, Ponder could be the next Seminole star.

I may be jumping the gun on this one, but there was no way we were going to return to greatness with Weatherford at the helm.  It will be interesting to see how Ponder performs in the opener against West Carolina tomorrow.  Only time will tell.