ATLANTA (AP) -- Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher says Christian Ponder is back as the team's starting quarterback for the Chick-fil-A Bowl against South Carolina.
Fisher said Tuesday Ponder will start but could split time with backup EJ Manuel in Friday night's game against No. 19 South Carolina.
Ponder missed the Seminoles' 44-33 Atlantic Coast Conference championship game loss to Virginia Tech with a right elbow injury. He has had problems with the elbow through all season but has played in 11 games.
Fisher praised Ponder's toughness and said other players would have made it through only two or three games.
Ponder set a career high by throwing 20 touchdown passes for the No. 23 Seminoles. He says he has no swelling or pain in his elbow.