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Christian Ponder Gets Starting Nod For Vikings

When the Minnesota Vikings took Christian Ponder with the 12th overall pick in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft, it was considered a bit of a reach. But now just about five months later Ponder will be named the starting quarterback, according to Jason LaCanfora via the Orlando Sentinel.

Ponder has appeared in one game so far this season in relief of Donovan McNabb and completed nine of 17 passes for 99 yards. He didn't have a touchdown, but he didn't have an interception either. Ponder will try to resurrect the season for the Vikings who started out a very disappointing 1-5. The Vikings don't have a lot of talent around Ponder, save for Adrian Peterson of course, so it might not be easy for him to step right in and make an immediate impact on the fortune of his team. But any time a former Seminole is getting a starting spot and exposure for the program, it's a good thing.

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