Underrated Career: Syracuse’s Ryan Nassib

By Joe Giglio
Jesse Johnson – USPRESSWIRE

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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