Erik EJ Manuel Jr. (born March 19, 1990) is an American football quarterback. He currently plays college football as the quarterback for the Seminoles of Florida State University. He took over the position from Christian Ponder late in the 2009 season due to Ponder's shoulder injury. Manuel was born in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He attended Bayside High School, where he played football. In 2004, as a freshman, he started at quarterback and threw for 589 yards and seven touchdowns, as well as rushing for 119 yards and one touchdown. As a sophomore, he recorded 1,332 passing yards and eight touchdowns as well as 276 rushing yards and six touchdowns. As a junior, Manuel threw for 1,973 yards and 15 touchdowns while rushing for 345 yards and five touchdowns. In 2007, as a senior, Manuel passed for 1,859 yards, 18 touchdowns and rushed for 541 yards. He was considered a five-star recruit by Scout, a four star recruit by Rivals and both sites, as well as Sports Illustrated, listed him the second best quarterback. An All-American quarterback in high school, Manuel was recruited by then FSU Offensive Coordinator Jimbo Fisher, now the head coach.
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