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Underrated Career: Syracuse’s Ryan Nassib

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The 34th best high school football prospect out of the state of Pennsylvania isn’t supposed to make this kind of impact on the collegiate level. Five years ago, Syracuse senior quarterback Ryan Nassib was that kid: a high-level college prospect from Malvern Prep, but not someone destined to re-write the Big East record books.

On Saturday in the Carrier Dome, Nassib did just that. While his individual accomplishments have been overshadowed by Syracuse’s victory over previously undefeated Louisville — just as Nassib would want, by the way — it’s worth noting what the Orange signal caller has accomplished during his career.

Nassib now stands alone atop the Big East for career completions, passing — literally and figuratively — former Rutgers quarterback Ryan Hart.

He also topped a school record for total offense in a season, surpassing the mark of 2,892 by Donovan McNabb.

With six more passing yards — he moved past McNabb into second place on Saturday — he’ll top Marvin Graves for the most in school history.

His three years as starting quarterback have now produced three of the top six passing seasons in Syracuse history.

While some may have overlooked the career of Nassib, his head coach Doug Marrone certainly isn’t one of those people:

“When you look at a student-athlete … the community service that he has done and the type of leader that he has been for this team … how could you not be proud of what he has done in the face of adversity? I couldn’t be more proud of Ryan and what he’s accomplished.”


Joe Giglio is the ACC and Big East football writer for Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter or check out his Facebook page.

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Duke-Syracuse Game Preview, Prediction

Starting the season outside of the Top 25, the Duke Blue Devils were playing with a chip on their shoulder. Now that they are 7-1 on the year, no one is overlooking the darkhorse favorites to dethrone Florida State for an ACC title. The Syracuse Orange started the season 2-0, but have since lost six of seven to lead to a 3-6 record. While they aren’t a threat for the conference title, the Orange can still play spoiler.

Senior quarterback Anthony Boone has been the spark that has gotten the Blue Devils going this season. Boone has passed for 1,628 yards, 12 touchdowns and just three interceptions while rushing for another 243 yards and four touchdowns. Jamison Crowder is clearly the team’s top receiving weapon, catching 49 passes for 636 yards and four touchdowns. Max McCaffrey and Issac Blakeney have been basically equal in the receiving department, both catching 26 passes for three scores apiece while McCaffrey has 261 yards and Blakeney has 259 yards. Freshman running back Shaun Wilson has been a main reason for the team’s run success, rushing for 528 yards and four touchdowns.

Syracuse had been led by a dual-threat quarterback of its own in Terrel Hunt who had 983 passing yards and a touchdowns as well as 292 yards and six rushing scores before his injury. He hasn’t returned yet, paving way for freshman quarterback AJ Long to get the nod as the starter. Long hasn’t been very impressive, however, passing for 727 yards and four touchdowns with six interceptions. Jarrod West doesn’t care who’s behind center as he has been effective either way, catching 40 passes for 610 yards. Steve Ishmael has been the second-best wide out on the team, catching 20 passes for 311 yards and three scores. Prince-Tyson Gulley has been solid this season in the run game, leading the team with 526 yards and a touchdown while also catches 20 passes out of the backfield for 107 yards.

Defensively, the Orange have been a bit above average this season, ranking 38th in total yards allowed as well as 43rd in points allowed per contest. In their three wins this season, Syracuse has given up an average of 12 points. Before last week, Duke had done a solid job of keeping opponents out of the end zone. On the year, the Blue Devils rank 13th in points against and a lowly 81st nationally in total yards allowed.

Duke will travel to Syracuse to take on the Orange at 12:30 p.m. EST on Saturday, Nov. 8. The game will be broadcasted on GamePlan/ESPN 3.

PREDICTION: Duke 23, Syracuse 21

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Duke will travel to Syracuse to take on the Orange in week 11. Who will come out on top?

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