On Ponder's first career pass attempt as a starter he hit Michael Jenkins on a 72-yard playaction pass.
Two plays later, he threw his first career touchdown completing a short pass to Visanthe Shiancoe.
He threw two touchdowns with three interceptions against the Oakland Raiders in a losing effort.
After a loss on the road to the Falcons, the team played a home game against the Denver Broncos.
The Miami Herald said that the decision showed the coaching staff put "a premium on mobility over maturity." In 2009, Ponder was well on his way to a career season when he suffered a season ending shoulder injury at Clemson.
Through the first eight games of the season, he led the ACC in passing average per game and was one of the national leaders in yards and passing efficiency.
Before the 2008 season, Ponder was named the starting quarterback ahead of senior Weatherford.As a senior, he passed for 1,214 yards and 20 touchdowns and rushed for 911 yards and 12 touchdowns.In 2006, Ponder sat out his true freshman season at Florida State on redshirt status.In 2007, he served as the back-up behind starting quarterback Drew Weatherford.Ponder saw action against Virginia Tech when Weatherford was taken out of the game due to an injury in the second quarter.He also won the 2010 James Tatum award, given to the nation's top student-athlete, and a National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Award.