SEATTLE - SEPTEMBER 11: Quarterback Ryan Nassib #12 of the Syracuse Orange rolls out to pass against the Washington Huskies on September 11 2010 at Husky Stadium in Seattle Washington. The Huskies defeated the Orange 41-20. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
While he's going to leave the school with his name peppered throughout the record books, Nassib probably won't be remembered like some of the other QBs that will share those records.
Nassib is quiet and unassuming. Two qualities that, on paper, are a death-knell for a quarterback. And yet, he's made it work given the circumstances.
When he was surprisingly lifted to starter in his second season and then unceremoniously demoted before taking a snap, he didn't make a peep. In the two season since, he's taken his lumps, gladly shouldered the blame and dished out the kudos after every victory.
Nothing flashy. Nothing loud. He presents a low budget, naturalistic style that's mostly unscripted (because no would script so many "likes" and "ums"), not unlike the Mumblecore movement.
Dion Waiters likes to preach how humble & hungry he is but Ryan Nassib actually seems to embody that principle in a way Dion couldn't possibly ever grasp.
Nolan Weidner spoke with the senior QB as he heads into his final season at the helm of the Orange offense and Nassib answered all his questions in his patented, monotone style.
Nassib seems most excited (though, after watching that interview, excited might be an overstatement) about the weapons at his disposal this season:
"The thing that I realized over the summer is that we’ve got some kids that can really bring some stuff to the table for us, offensively," he said. "I feel like I have the most weapons I’ve had since I’ve been here, and the most depth. So I don’t have to kill – like Alec or Marcus – because we’ve got other guys who can go to the ball, too."
Nassib also said he's glad the Media Day spotlight will be shone on offensive linemen Justin Pugh and Zack Chibane. And while I'm sure both will have fun at the event, they're not exactly screaming for attention or accolades themselves:
"I think people kind of talk too much about the O-line not receiving enough hype, or not getting enough credit when we win," says Syracuse University left guard Zack Chibane.
"Really, anyone that’s been around for awhile, they understand that the stats that any offensive player puts up are something we put ourselves into," Chibane says. "Every stat line, every yard that a receiver gains, or a quarterback throws for, or running back runs for is something that we feel we’ve contributed to a lot. The stats they put up are enough for us."
Chibane added that he, Pugh and Macky MacPherson took last year's end-of-the-year slide personally and are motivated to power this offense in the other direction.