The Green Wave dropped their Conference USA contest against UTEP, 44-7, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Oct. 15, 2011.
Career Notes: Three-year letterman has completed 26-of-62 passes (.419) for 266 yards, caught one pass for seven yards and ran six times for three yards for his career...has played in 21 games...also a member of the Tulane baseball team where he has appeared in 54 games with a 2.53 ERA, five wins, 13 saves, 56 strikeouts and 41 walk over a four-year career.
2011: Saw action in seven games as a junior...finished second on the team in pass attempts (48), completions (18) and passing yards (214)...posted career highs by completing 12-of-33 pass for 126 yards vs UTEP (10/15)...completed 4-of-7 passes for 75 yards, including a career-long 34-yard toss, at Duke (9/24).
2010: Played in five games as a sophomore...finished third on the team in both completions (8) and pass attempts (14) while sitting fourth in passing yardage (52)...tallied season highs by completing 4-of-6 passes for 36 yards vs UCF (11/20)...completed 2-of-5 passes for 12 yards vs Army (10/9).
2009: Saw action in nine games as a redshirt-freshman...made collegiate debut vs BYU (9/12) when he caught one pass for seven yards...also served as the holder on special teams, holding for 14 PATs and seven field goal tries.
2008: Did not play as a true freshman...redshirted the season.
High School: Three-year letterman at Catholic High where he saw action at quarterback and wide receiver for coach Dale Weiner...helped lead the Bears to a combined 38-4 record, three state district titles and a trio of trips to the playoffs - including semifinal berths as a sophomore and junior...played primarily wide receiver as a senior when he hauled in 11 passes for 144 yards and two touchdowns...also lettered in baseball where he was an all-state pitcher and catcher last season after going 9-2 from the mound in addition to handling catching duties...off the field, received honorable-mention academic all-state honors and was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Personal: Born Donald Eugene Ponder, Jr. on Oct. 29, 1989, in Baton Rouge, La...son of Donald Sr. and Suzanne Ponder...has two sisters: Ashley and Holly...father, Donald, played football at Idaho and Louisiana Tech...majoring in political science.