FSU's Ponder will throw today

Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder, who had surgery to repair soft-tissue damage in his right arm on Dec. 10., will start to throw again today under the watch of Florida State’s sports medicine staff.

Ponder has spent the past few days lifting weights and running, but will now accelerate his rehab process for the Chick-fil-A Bowl game against South Carolina.

“He’s staying here; his family is coming here for Christmas,” coach Jimbo Fisher said in the team's practice report. “He’ll stay here, workout, train and rehab for three days and start throwing the ball.”

Florida State's next practice for the Chick-fil-A Bowl is set for Dec. 26 at Georgia Tech. Fisher is expecting everyone -- including Ponder -- to be medically cleared to play against South Carolina.

“I think we should be good to go with all of them,” Fisher said. “We’re ready to roll. I’m glad to get them all back.”

Ponder has been medically cleared to play before, though, and he still wound up watching from the sideline.