There was some grumbling when Teddy Bridgewater and not Ryan Nassib was named Big East 1st-team QB but I didn't mind it that much. As much as Syracuse fans didn't see much out of the Louisville Cardinals' signal-caller when we played them, he was pretty spectacular and a major reason they won the Big East. Fair's fair.
When someone tweeted to me that Ryan Nassib's stats were on par with Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel's, I thought to myself, "Well, the competition level wasn't even, so, fair's fair."
Still, there was a part of me bummed out that, likely because he was the quarterback of the Syracuse Orange, and college football usually only rewards the obvious, Ryan was going to come out of this historic season without any hardware or titles.
So much for that. Pro Football Weekly announced their 2012 All-America Team today and their starting quarterback? Ryan F***ing Nassib. Teddy Bridgewater makes the Honorable Mention list.
So there's a caveat here and I'll let them explain it:
PFW’s All-America team annually honors college football’s most talented players and is determined based on extensive evaluation and considerable feedback from NFL evaluators, taking into consideration how players grade out both in their assignments and by the quality of critical playing traits. PFW honors are distinguished by the premium placed on skill, football temperament and instincts and seek to recognize players we expect will become outstanding pros. Players are expected to have contributed for the bulk of the season to qualify. Production is considered, but not weighed nearly as heavily as how much of an impact players make on their teams. Extra attention is paid to traits such as toughness, intelligence and competitiveness, all traits that we believe correlate heavily to future NFL success.
In other words, if I'm reading this right, PFW thinks Nassib is one of, if not the, top QB prospects on the NFL Draft board.
Remind me how we got here...