If it weren’t for the five losses last year, or the same injury that ended Sam Bradford’s season, or the same off-field nonsense that has clouded his every season at Florida State, it might not seem so improbable.
It might not sound so odd to hear Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher matter-of-factly point out that Christian Ponder, with a career record of 13-9 as a starter, is the best quarterback he has ever coached.
“The NFL scouts,” Fisher said, “know all about him.”
Soon enough, everyone else will, too.
When it all started to unfold last year, when the unseemly end to Bobby Bowden’s legendary era at Florida State began, I was speaking with Bowden about a completely different subject—about, of all things, Tim Tebow.
“You know what?” Bowden said. “We may have a (Tebow) of our own. But it’s one of those, what do you call it? Can’t see the forest for the trees.”