2000s Quarterback


Christian Ponder
Christian Ponder was a 6’3″ 227 lbs quarterback out of Colleyville, TX.  Ponder was a three year starter for the Noles and one of only three Seminole quarterbacks in history to have three 2,000+ yard seasons.  In his first year under center, the Noles relied more on the running game and Ponder was able to contribute in that area with 119 carries for 423 yards on the season.  In his 2009 junior season, he was having one of the finest seasons for a quarterback in FSU history before being injured against Clemson.  In just 9 games he accumulated 2,717 yards and had four 300+ yard games including a school record three consecutive 300+ yard games.  Ponder was slowed in 2010 by injuries, missing a couple of games, and a young receiver corps, but he still managed to help lead the Noles to a 10 win season.  For his career Ponder is 5th in total passing yards, 4th in completions, and 8th in touchdowns.  Ponder was drafted in the 1st Round of the 2011 NFL Draft and has spent 3 years with the Minnesota Vikings.

Year Completions Attempts Percentage Yards Touchdowns Interceptions
’08 177 318 55.6% 2,006 14 13
’09 227 330 68.7% 2,717 14 7
’10 184 299 61.5% 2,044 20 8

Chris Rix
Chris Rix was a 6’4″ 210 lbs quarterback out of Santa Margarita, CA.  Quite possibly one of the most polarizing figures in FSU history, there is no denying the physical talent that Rix possessed.  Through a roller coaster 4 years, Rix provided some incredible highs (2003 Florida) and maddening lows (2001 North Carolina).  Thrust into the starters role as a redshirt freshman, Rix had a very solid season being named 1st Team Freshman All-American.  An up and down sophomore campaign that included a couple trips to the bench ended with a big disappointment by being suspended for the Sugar Bowl.  Rix rebounded with a very solid junior campaign where he threw for over 3,000 yards and helped lead the team to a 10-3 mark.  His last year was again an up and down campaign in which he lost his starters job before getting back at the end of the year.  With his extended time under center, Rix is high on the FSU record books including 2nd all-time in career passing yards and passing touchdowns, and tied for 3rd for career 300-yard games.

Year Completions Attempts Percentage Yards Touchdowns Interceptions
’01 165 286 57.6% 2,734 24 13
’02 118 225 52.4% 1,684 13 7
’03 216 382 56.5% 3,107 23 13
’04 76 149 51.0% 865 3 7

Chris Weinke
Chris Weinke was a 6’5″ 229 lbs quarterback out of Saint Paul, MN.  Weinke is quite simply the leader in virtually every major career statistical category in FSU history.  He is #1 in career yards, completions, touchdowns, and 300-yard games.  He holds the top 2 spots and 3 of the top 4 for passing yards in a game.  His 4,167 yards in 2000 is the top mark and one of only two 4,000-yard seasons in FSU history.  His stats weren’t for naught either as Weinke helped the Seminoles reach 3 straight national championship games while winning the 1999 National Championship.  He followed that season up by becoming the 2nd Seminole in history to win the Heisman Trophy in 2000.  Weinke’s 2000 season held virtually every record for a Seminole quarterback until Jameis Winston topped him in touchdown passes, yards per attempt, and passing efficiency rating.   Weinke was elected into the FSU Hall of Fame in 2011 and his #16 jersey was retired.  Afer FSU he was drafted in the 4th round of the 2001 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers and he spent 7 seasons in the NFL starting 20 games.

Year Completions Attempts Percentage Yards Touchdowns Interceptions
’98 145 286 48.1% 2,487 19 6
’99 232 377 50.0% 3,103 25 14
’00 266 431 56.3% 4,167 33 11


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