Arm feels fine, but FSU QB Ponder to cut back in practice

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St. Petersburg Times (Florida)

St. Petersburg Times Staff Writer

Florida State senior QB Christian Ponder was still wearing a protective sleeve on his right (throwing) arm Monday to limit the swelling from a bruised triceps he suffered in the Oklahoma game.

“The arm’s good,” he said, joking that the sleeve was a fashion statement.

Although the triceps tightened up at halftime of last weekend’s win against BYU, he said it wasn’t a big deal and stressed that his surgically repaired shoulder is 100 percent and “doesn’t bother me at all.”

After Ponder scored on a 1-yard run late in the third quarter to give the Seminoles a 27-10 lead, trainers worked on his arm. On the next series, he hit WR Bert Reed for an 11-yard gain and later scrambled for 18 yards, getting submarined.

Coach Jimbo Fisher said he will cut down Ponder’s throws a bit in preparation for Saturday’s ACC opener against visiting Wake Forest.

Injury update:
LT Andrew Datko (left shoulder), who didn’t play Saturday, was expected to be held out of practice, and Fisher said he is day to day. Redshirt freshman Henry Orelus stepped in and played well against BYU.

Odds and ends:
Grodney Hudson was named the ACC offensive lineman of the week…The ACC and its television partners have put a six-day hold on announcing the start time for the FSU-Virginia game Oct. 2 in Charlottesville, Va. The decision will be made by noon Sunday….Fisher said freshman Christian Green, who’s making the transition from a star quarterback at Tampa Catholic to a wide receiver, is likely to redshirt.

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