The Bills coaching staff has had the chance all week to get to know the 52 players on the South team roster, but there was one guy they didn’t have to do quite as much homework on. That’s because Florida State’s Christian Ponder is someone Chan Gailey and offensive coordinator Curtis Modkins have known since the quarterback was in high school.
“I recruited Christian out of high school so I’ve known him for a long time,” said Gailey.
Gailey was the head coach at Georgia Tech when Ponder was contemplating his options as to where he would play college football.
“We had a prior relationship,” admitted Ponder. “When he was the coach at Georgia Tech they recruited me pretty hard and they were probably my second choice next to Florida State. I actually had a good relationship with Coach Modkins. He was the guy that recruited me personally. It’s good to work with them finally and it’s a pretty unique situation.”
Ponder obviously chose Florida State, but he did it for a couple of reasons. First, his father was a linebacker for Florida State in the 70’s and second he said it was always a dream to play for Bobby Bowden, which he did for his first three seasons.
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