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Florida State Seminoles quarterback EJ Manuel to miss spring football practices after shoulder surgery

Florida State quarterback EJ Manuel, who started the last four games after Christian Ponder's season-ending shoulder injury, had arthroscopic surgery on his right (throwing) shoulder Friday and will miss spring practice.

"It went very well," coach Jimbo Fisher said of the surgery. "There was very minimal damage, and he needed a little cleanup. He should be ready to go when we begin (preseason) practice (on Aug. 5)."

Manuel, a rising redshirt sophomore, led FSU to a 3-1 record, including a win against West Virginia in the Gator Bowl. He was the MVP in that game. But before that performance, he seemed to lack zip on the ball.

Meanwhile, Ponder, who injured his right (throwing) shoulder late in the Clemson game, is ahead of schedule in his recovery and is expected to participate in spring practice.

"We'll limit what he does and build his arm strength," Fisher said, "but he'll be full-go and will participate in scrimmages."

The Seminoles also have two other scholarship quarterbacks available, rising redshirt freshman Will Secord and Clint Trickett, who enrolled in January and is part of the 2010 signing class. Spring practice begins March 16 and the annual Garnet & Gold spring game will be April 10.

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