Appreciate What You Have

Ryan Nassib has been a hot button issue among Syracuse fans for the last couple of years. It seems you either love him, or you hate him. explains why he should be appreciated before he's gone.

Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib was given the title of Big East Player of the Week after rewriting history in the Orange's first game of the 2012 season. Despite losing to Northwestern within the final minute, 42-41, Nassib ended the game with more completions in a single game than any other quarterback in Syracuse University football history: 44. Going into the game, the record stood at 29, achieved by Syracuse football alum, Marvin Graves and Andrew Robinson.  

If the 44 completions were not enough, Nassib gave Syracuse University more to erase in their record book. He had 65 attempts through the air, which is more throws made in one game than any previous offensive general of the Orange.  

The final number to secure Nassib's record tic-tac-toe was his total passing yards: 470. No quarterback in Syracuse history has ever thrown for that many yards in one game.  

With this being Nassib's last season for college football and Syracuse University's final season in the Big East Conference, no one is leaving quietly. Not only has no Syracuse quarterback ever tried to complete 65 passes in one game, no quarterback in Big East history has ever attempted such a number. Nassib's completion percentage of a little over 68% is tied for the best accuracy number for a single game in all of Big East history.  

Since he took the reins of the Orange offense at the start of the 2010 season, the team has achieved a .500 record at 13-13. Though that may sound as an underachievement to some, Nassib has the best record of any quarterback that stood at center for Syracuse in a decade.  

Cameron Dantley posted a 3-8 record in 2008. Andrew Robinson amounted two wins in two seasons, with a total record of 2-11 between the 2007 and 2008 seasons. Perry Patterson aided the Orange to 11 wins, but also was on the wrong side of the final scores in 24 games, achieving a 11-24 record over the 2004, 2005, and 2006 seasons. R.J. Anderson went 6-6 as the lone quarterback for the Orange in 2003. When he split time with fellow quarterback Troy Nunes, they both combined to give Syracuse a 4-8 record in 2002.  

So despite not currently having a winning record, Nassib has helped Syracuse to more wins in his tenure at quarterback than any other quarterback in the past 10 years.  

He is also the only Orange quarterback in a decade to help advance Syracuse University to a postseason bowl in which they won, when the school defeated Kansas State University, 36-34, in college football's first New Era Pinstripe Bowl, back in 2010.

The only other quarterback to give the Orange a postseason opportunity was Patterson, who, along with his teammates, failed to be a threat to their opponent, Georgia Tech, who won with little trouble, 51-14, at the Champs Sports Bowl that culminated Syracuse's 2004 season.  

The more experience Nassib has gotten, the better he has become. He now surveys the field more than he did before, where telegraphing his passes was a big issue. Nassib has taken to the ground more, gaining yards when he does not see a passing option.

He is not flustered when he rolls out of the pocket, shown by his ability to spot an opportunity and throw on the run. Nassib's 48 career touchdowns are even with Syracuse alum Marvin Graves. One more completion that crosses the threshold for six will give Nassib more points through the air than any other offensive general Orange fans have seen.  

Nationally, Nassib's 22 consecutive completions last season is second only to University of California alum, quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who went for 26 straight. Both quarterbacks achieved part of their consecutive completion streaks against the University of Southern California, the team Nassib will face next in the New York College Classic at MetLife Stadium on Saturday, September 8th, at 3:30pm Eastern.

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