Where Are They Now - Ryan Nassib

Ryan Nassib played a key role the last time the Orange played in the Yankee Stadium. On the verge of another Pinstripe Bowl, Nassib enters the stadium even better than when he left.

Syracuse Orange quarterback Ryan Nassib was an integral part of the offense in the 2010 New Era Pinstripe Bowl, and that role has not changed, nor have his late-game heroics.

In 2010, Nassib orchestrated a comeback within the final eight minutes versus Kansas State Wildcats which ended in a touchdown pass to wide receiver Marcus Sales that would be the difference in the game.

Nassib completed 13 of his 21 attempts for over 200 yards, including three touchdowns, while not throwing a single interception.

This season, Nassib has led two game-winning drives, first versus the South Florida Bulls and next against the Missouri Tigers.

But this season, he enters the Pinstripe Bowl even better than in 2010. Nassib has set new school highs at Syracuse University in career completions, passing yards, and yards per game.

He now surveys the field more, not just throwing to the first target he sees.

Along with seeing more targets, Nassib has gotten more receivers involved, spreading the ball around, making it difficult for teams to silence the Orange passing attack because of the need to cover numerous players.

Nassib will enter Yankee Stadium this time more than 1,500 passing yards above his output in 2010 (3,619 to 2,095), with more touchdown passes (24 to 16). His 3,619 passing yards are a single-season record for the Orange.

He has remained consistent in keeping his interceptions under double-digits, with nine this season and eight in 2010.

The leader of the Orange offense has Sales back, while Alec Lemon has stepped up and Jarrod West, Christopher Clark, Beckett Wales, and Prince-Tyson Gulley provide support.

Nassib's confidence and fearlessness appears to be at an all-time high as he stands at the helm of a team that no longer lays down to take a defeat.


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