Doug Marrone either had amazing foresight or just made a really lucky guess when, in his first major personnel move as head coach of the Syracuse Orange football team, he named redshirt freshman Ryan Nassib the starting QB during spring ball back in 2009.
If not for a mancrush on Greg Paulus, Nassib would have been the starter that year. In retrospect, the Greg Paulus Experiment probably did Nassib a favor as it allowed him another year to adjust and learn before truly being thrown to the wolves. We knew going in to the 2012 season that Nassib was going to be able to put it all together. What I don't think any of us realized is that he'd do quite as well as he's doing.
Nassib is currently No. 2 in the nation with 37.5 completions per game and passing YPG with 402. He's also tied for No. 2 in total offense with 418 yards per game.
His season totals so far are 75 completions, 112 attempts, 804 yards, 6 TDs and 3 INTs.
He is officially Syracuse's all-time leader in career completions with 572. He surpassed some guys named Donovan McNabb (548) and Marvin Graves (563) on his way there.
His 50 TD passes are No. 2 on the all-time Syracuse list behind Donovan McNabb. The way the offense has been scoring, it doesn't seem impossible to get there.
He's on pace to smash just about every major SU career passing record.
Finally, and due in large part to the USC game, national folks are starting to notice Nassib as well.
I don't know how many games Syracuse is going to win this season (the Orange are 0-2), but senior quarterback Ryan Nassib is as good as any passer you'll see in 2012. There isn't a throw he can't make.
Syracuse QB Ryan Nassib may have bolstered his stock for the 2013 NFL Draft more than any player in the conference...
There are even people asking, I shit you not, if Nassib is a Heisman candidate.
I went into this season thinking that Ryan Nassib's career would end this season. However, all signs are pointing to the fact that he's going to get drafted into the NFL. And if he keeps this up, he's going pretty high...
"I think a lot of people know that Ryan Nassib is going to be drafted," he said. "At least from my point of view from the phone calls that I’ve received."