NEW YORK NY - DECEMBER 30: Quarterback Ryan Nassib #12 of the Syracuse Orange looks to pass against the Kansas State Wildcats during the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium on December 30 2010 in New York New York. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
In a rather "Get to Know"-filled day her at TNIAAM, we take a look at a relatively unknown Orangeman, quarterback Ryan Nassib.
Year: Senior (RS)
Hometown: West Chester, PA
High School: Malvern Prep
2011 Stats: 259-415 (62.4%), 2,685 Yards, 22 TDs, 9 Ints
2012 Projections: I think that Ryan is what he is, a relatively efficient pocket passing QB who can manage a game pretty well. Ryan will get better, as virtually all college players do year-to-year, but the biggest step forward for him is in the arsenal he has to work with. He loses his safety blanket in Nick Provo, as well as the talented yet oft-injured Van Chew, but he gets back Marcus Sales, who had a pretty inspired spring by all reports. Alec Lemon returns after having an unbelievable second half last year (he was the only one, really), and as long as he's healthy, he could challenge for a 1000 yard season. Ashton Broyld is the wild card, but Ryan will have him on the field. Tight End is a question mark, but we may see a playmaker like Ron Thompson emerge.
Surrounded with the most talent he's had since being at SU, I expect Ryan to throw for around 3,000 yards, with between 25 and 30 TDs, and find himself on an All-Big East team.
How'd He Get Here: Nassib was recruited by the roaming circus act of Robinson and Earley. We may have been his only offer, so good on Greggers for giving him a shot.
Scout/Rivals Said: Two stars each.
"I think the guys you’re talking about did a great job of winning games and taking over games," Nassib said. "They took a lot of it on their shoulders and took over games. Those guys are held at a different standard because ... I haven’t been as successful as those guys."
What Does Marrone Think:
"We have to make sure we have the right people in place around him for us to be successful. You look at all the offenses, whether it’s the NFL or college football. There are other people around making plays. For us to succeed offensively, we have to make more plays...We’re hoping with some of the changes we’ve made that we’re able to open it up and do some things where we have from a percentage standpoint the ability to make bigger plays per play."
Nugget O'Interest: Nassib is a double major in Accounting & Finance, and during the summers up in Syracuse he worked as an intern with investment banking firm Leigh Baldwin & Co. Let's hope he's personally invested in a couple more flea flickers this season.
Let Us Get a Good Look Atchya:
Syracuse Spring Football: Offensive Player Reaction (via johngarciajr)
Syracuse Pinstripe Bowl Champions 2010 (via orange9016)