Ponder this Heisman pick


In Jimbo Fisher's offense Christian Ponder has a chance to win the Heisman Trophy.

The Associated Press
Published: Monday, May 24, 2010 at 11:10 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, May 24, 2010 at 11:10 a.m.

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And the 2010 Heisman winner is ...

Since it's not even officially summer yet (although it feels like the middle of July already), it's OK to go ahead and step out on a limb and make predictions that might be, well, let's just say a little bit of a reach.

So I'm going to make one.

Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder is going to win the Heisman Trophy this season.

I know, I know. It sounds a little crazy, but hear me out.

Before he ended his 2009 season prematurely by trying to tackle that Clemson defender who intercepted one of his passes, Ponder was having a big-time junior season. It's obvious he's found his comfort level in Jimbo Fisher's offense, and all the important weapons around him return this year in what should be a Seminole resurgence season.

If FSU gets on a roll and Ponder puts up some huge numbers (and really, he should based on what he did last season), he's going to rocket to the top of the list of Heisman contenders.

Let's say FSU upsets Oklahoma in the second week of the season (anyone who saw OU's lame performance against Miami last year knows this isn't that big of a reach). If that happens, the Seminoles should be 5-0 going into their game at Miami. Even if FSU loses that one, the rest of the 'Noles' tough games are all at home — North Carolina, Clemson and Florida.

There is a chance that the Seminoles could be 10-1 or 9-2 going into the Florida game in Tallahassee. If that happens and the Seminoles beat the Gators and Ponder has a big day, he could clinch the Heisman — just like Tim Tebow did against the Seminoles in 2007.

This scenario may seem far-fetched to some, but hey, it could happen.

So I'm going to go ahead and make the call now: Ponder wins the Heisman.

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