TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- If untested Florida State quarterback EJ Manuel is nervous going into his first collegiate start, he doesn't show it.
The redshirt freshman was relaxed and confident Tuesday during a brief meeting with reporters. Manuel said he's familiar with 100 percent of the Florida State offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher's playbook and ready for his first extended collegiate action.
"I've been able to do pretty much everything we've been doing all season, so I don't think he's going to change or cut it down that much," Manuel said. "I've been going over this since August. We've repped it probably a thousand times since then. It's not like every play is different."
Manuel, 19, is being pressed into action because of a season-ending shoulder injury suffered by Christian Ponder in last Saturday's 40-24 loss at Clemson.
Manuel practiced almost exclusively with the first team last week when Ponder's status was questionable because of bruised ribs. Manuel will take all the snaps with the first unit this week going into Saturday's game at Wake Forest.
"That really helped me a lot," Manuel said. "I'm way more comfortable this week."
Florida State (4-5, 2-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) must win two of its last three games to avoid its first losing season since 1976 in coach Bobby Bowden's first year at the school.
The 6-4, 225-pound Manuel has completed one pass for four yards as a backup to Ponder, who ranked third nationally in total offense when injured.
Ponder, however, will travel with the team and room with Manuel to help mentor the young quarterback.
"Christian has been really supportive," Manuel said. "He told me just to go have fun, just relax and play."