Florida State senior quarterback Christian Ponder has been named the recipient of the 2010 James Tatum Award.
The Tatum Award is given annually in memory of the late Jim Tatum to the top senior student-athlete (in athletic eligibility) among the league's football players. Tatum, a two-time ACC Coach of the Year, coached in the fifties at both Maryland and North Carolina and believed strongly in the concept of the student-athlete.
Ponder graduated from Florida State after just two and a half years in May of 2008 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance, compiling a 3.73 undergraduate GPA. He then completed his MBA degree at FSU last May, compiling a cumulative 3.703 graduate GPA. He is enrolled in Florida State’s graduate program in Sports Management.
Ponder currently ranks third in the ACC in pass efficiency (137.46) and is third in passing percentage, completing 62.1 percent of his passes with 20 touchdown passes and only eight interceptions. He is ranked 22nd on the ACC career total offense list with 7,696 yards and is 24th in career passing yardage with 6,866 yards. He ranks among the top six at Florida State in almost every statistical category for a quarterback.
In addition to his academic and athletic achievements, Ponder has given of his time extensively in community service as a volunteer to such organizations as the Leon County Animal Shelter, the American Cancer Society, the American Red Cross, the Children’s Home Society, the Children’s Miracle Network, the Dick Howser Center for Childhood Services, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Haiti Earthquake Relief, Tallahassee Boy’s Town, Tallahassee Miracle League, Tobacco Free Florida and the United Way of the Big Bend.
Ponder becomes the third player from Florida State to be honored with the Tatum Award, joining former standout Seminole student-athletes David Castillo (2005) and Daryl Bush (1996).