2017 NFL Draft

Ryan Nassib, QB

School: Syracuse  |  Conference: BIGE
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: West Chester, PA
Height/Weight: 6-2 / 227 lbs.
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04/25/2013 - DANE BRUGLER'S FINAL 2013 DRAFT BOARD: 40. QB Ryan Nassib, Syracuse (6-2, 227, 5SR)...The second QB on the board, Nassib's touch and accuracy tend to waver. But he is a strong-armed passer with the feet, smarts and mentality to be an NFL starter. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

04/25/2013 - ROB RANG'S FINAL 2013 NFL DRAFT BIG BOARD: 48. Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse: Nassib wasn't as impressive at the Senior Bowl as I had hoped for, but he possesses the combination of physical traits -- including a strong arm and functional mobility in the pocket -- as well as intangibles to win over scouts and coaches, alike. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

04/24/2013 - Kurt Warner might not think much of Ryan Nassib's quarterbacking skills but that might not matter to several QB-needy teams with picks early in the first round. Specifically: The Bills, who hold the eighth-overall selection and are in dire need of a franchise quarterback, could be in the Nassib business. (It doesn't hurt that first-year coach Doug Marrone was Nassib's coach at Syracuse). The predraft monkey wrench: the Jets, with selections No. 9 and No. 13, like Nassib a lot, too.

This is the latest speculation, anyway, courtesy of ESPN's Sal Paolantonio, who reported Wednesday that the Bills believe that the Jets have legitimate interest in Nassib. And if Buffalo doesn't take him eighth overall, New York would have three chances to get him (the aforementioned ninth and 13th selections, as well as pick No. 39) before the Bills go back on the clock with pick No. 41.

This is no doubt part of the smoke-screening that goes on in the days leading up to the draft, where obfuscation rules and the truth is scarce. That said, if the Bills truly like Nassib, they'll have to decide if he's worth a top-10 pick, or if the organization would instead be comfortable facing him twice a year should he end up with the Jets.

SalPal also reports that new Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg is "very high" on Nassib, which could be more smoke-screening or a clear signal that the Mark Sanchez era in New York is officially on its last legs. - Ryan Wilson, CBSSports.com

03/16/2013 - 2013 Syracuse Pro Day: Representatives from 28 NFL teams gathered at Syracuse's pro day on March 7, where nine players participated in a workout that was held indoors on FieldTurf. Buffalo Bills general manager Buddy Nix, Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden and New York Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg were the notable presentatives from NFL teams.

Ryan Nassib, QB (6-foot-2 1/8, 228 pounds) - Nassib stood on his numbers from the NFL Scouting Combine. He has 10 1/2-inch hands, which is a really good hand size for a quarterback, especially if he winds up being selected by an outdoor team in the 2013 NFL Draft. Nassib has two visits scheduled with NFL teams. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com

03/07/2013 - Ryan Nassib was back on the Syracuse campus to work out for 29 NFL teams. Nassib was among 15 former Orange players who worked out at pro day inside Manley Field House. Nassib, the Orange's record-setting quarterback, performed almost flawlessly. He threw 74 passes in a scripted drill to four former teammates - wideouts Alec Lemon and Marcus Sales and tight ends Carl Cutler and David Stevens.

Nassib says he hasn't had much interaction with former Orange coach Doug Marrone, now head coach of the Buffalo Bills. But Bills general manager Buddy Nix has indicated his intention of selecting a quarterback high in the draft, which puts Nassib on their radar. He has a workout scheduled with the team. He's expected to be selected in the first two rounds. - AP Sports

03/07/2013 - 2013 Syracuse Pro Day: Nassib is NFLDraftScout.com's fifth-ranked quarterback, but the closely huddled pecking order at the position leaves open the possibility that the top five or six could be valued much higher -- or lower -- by certain teams.

Nassib has enough arm, but has to prove he can land the deep ball consistently. The other big question is whether he'll remain sound of mind in the face of a crumbling pocket. To that end, there are scouts concerned his top-level toughness could lead to poor decisions in that he'll be inclined to play the role of hero -- leading to big hits or interceptions -- rather than live to fight another down. - Jeff Reynolds, The Sports Xchange

03/07/2013 - 2013 Syracuse Pro Day: If early bookings in his pre-draft itinerary are any indication, Syracuse senior quarterback Ryan Nassib might not have to leave the state to find a new place to lay his helmet. Before freshening up for a night on the town with Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg -- OK, they're going to dinner -- Nassib completed 69 of 75 passes in a rehearsed throwing session coordinated by former NFL quarterback and assistant coach Ken Anderson and former NFL coordinator Paul Hackett.

Nassib will also meet with the Buffalo Bills, who were represented by general manager Buddy Nix. The Bills drafted eighth, one spot before the Jets. Both teams are expected to be in the market for quarterbacks pending the outcome of free agency. The Bills are now coached by Doug Marrone, who left Syracuse to accept the position in January. The Bengals are another team that reportedly set up a meeting with Nassib. - Jeff Reynolds, The Sports Xchange

02/27/2013 - There's one final tune-up and chance to impress scouts for 13 former Syracuse players hoping to hear their name called during April's NFL Draft. The university will hold its annual pro day on March 7 at Manley Fieldhouse. The event is closed to the public. Pro day is the on-campus, pre-draft workout day run by the university to give draft prospects, including those who already competed at the NFL Scouting Combine earlier this week, an opportunity show off their skills in on-field and conditioning drills. Nassib, Pugh, Thomas and Lemon all earned invites to the combine, and scouts will be anxious to get one last look at Nassib, projected by most analysts to come off the board by the third round. He and Pugh are locks to be drafted, but it's the players hoping to catch the eye of a scout that might benefit the most from pro day. - Nate Mink, Syracuse.com

02/20/2013 - 2013 NFL Combine, Most to gain: Despite an average performance during Senior Bowl week, Syracuse's Ryan Nassib is still a top-three quarterback in this class for many around the league. An undervalued athlete, he should impress in the agility and strength drills. With a strong showing as a passer, he might be able to push his draft stock even higher. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

01/24/2013 - 2013 Senior Bowl, Quarterbacks...4. Ryan Nassib, Syracuse. Many came to the Senior Bowl expecting Nassib to shine but he had some inconsistent practices. His short-area stuff was fine but his longer stuff proved to be inaccurate. On Monday he underthrew a receiver on a deep pass, on Tuesday some sideline passes fizzled short, on Wednesday he threw high on 7-on-7 drills and even in a solo goal-line drill after practice he threw balls wide of the back pylon. If there's a silver lining it's that he does well in the short area and proved last season that he could pick up a playbook quickly after the Orange changed their entire scheme in under two weeks. That experience alone will draw teams to him. - Dave Richard, CBSSports.com

01/21/2013 - 2013 Senior Bowl, Monday North practice: Nassib (6-2, 223) has a snap delivery with very good arm strength on his short-to-intermediate passes, and he earned some praise at one point Monday for his smart, quick decision-making in the pocket. However, his deep ball touch and overall ball placement were an issue all day as he struggled to control the velocity on his throws, which led to incompletions. Nassib is the type of quarterback who will try and throw the ball through his receiver at times and scouts want to see improved touch throughout the week. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

01/08/2013 - Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib will play in the 2013 Senior Bowl on January 26 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium (4:00 pm, NFL Network). He is the 52nd Orange standout to earn an invitation to the nation's most unique football game and football's premier senior showcase event, which annually features the country's best senior collegiate football players and top NFL draft prospects on teams representing the North and South that are coached by the entire coaching staffs of two National Football League teams. Nassib joins fellow Syracuse quarterbacks Donovan McNabb (1999 Senior Bowl), Marvin Graves (1994) and Don McPherson (1988) as Orange signal callers who have played in the Senior Bowl.

A 2012 National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete, Nassib holds the Syracuse single-season and career records for passing yards (3,749 in 2012; 9,190 career) and completions (294; 791), and also set single-season records for touchdown passes (26) and total offense (3,891 yards). Nassib, who is one of four team captains, earned 2012 Pro Football Weekly All-America honors for his record-setting performance this season. His 288.4 yards per game ranked 17th nationally and led the BIG EAST. A three-year starter, Nassib earned undergraduate degrees in finance and managerial accounting and is currently pursuing a Master's degree in accounting. - Syracuse football

12/29/2012 - Syracuse is 13-9-1 in bowl games, though this marks just the second postseason appearance for the team since its loss to Georgia Tech in the 2004 Champs Sports Bowl. Its last trip came in 2010, Doug Marrone's first season at Syracuse, when it knocked off Kansas State 36-34 in the Pinstripe Bowl.

Scouting the Syracuse passing game: The Syracuse passing game has already rewritten the record books, with Ryan Nassib closing out his storied college career with a flourish over the second half of the season. He has a pair of top targets in Alec Lemon and Marcus Sales.

Lemon has been the most prolific over the season's second half, and now holds the career record for receptions (199) and is first and second in single-season catches (70 in 2012, 68 in 2011). However, Sales is a big-play threat who is always capable of making a game-changing play. And Jarrod West is no slouch either as the third receiver. - The Sports Xchange

12/29/2012 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Ryan Nassib has rewritten the Syracuse record books, one of four Big East quarterbacks in history with more than 9,000 career passing yards. While he and the Orange were criticized for being conservative early in the season, he's been on fire over the second half of the season, and the veteran leader doesn't make many mistakes.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "No words can really put it into perspective. I am not a very good story teller, I love him and am so proud of him. He really worked extremely hard on his development in my mind we haven't even seen the best of Ryan Nassib. His development is going to take off and I truly believe that from what I have seen." Syracuse coach Doug Marrone, on the leadership of senior quarterback Ryan Nassib - The Sports Xchange

12/10/2012 - 2012 ALL-BIG EAST SECOND TEAM (COACHES): QB Ryan Nassib, Syracuse, Gr., West Chester, Pa./Malvern Prep, has been selected Second Team All-BIG EAST Conference (Coaches selection) for the 2012 college football season. Nassib leads the BIG EAST in total offense (312.3 yards per game) and passing (301.6 yards per game).

In addition, he set the Orange single-season records for attempts (448), completions (283), yards (3,619) and touchdowns (24) in 2012. Nassib has accumulated 3,748 yards of total offense this year, another SU season record, and he has recorded six 300-yard passing games. - Syracuse football

11/29/2012 - BIG EAST: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 13: 1. QB Ryan Nassib, 6-2, 228, Syracuse: Why he has the top spot: Nassib has set numerous single-season and career school records in 2012 with a spectacular season. With one game left in his career, the senior quarterback already owns the Syracuse record for passing yards (9,060) and completions (780) in a career. Nassib also leads the Big East in touchdowns with 24, passing yards with 3,619 and passing yards per game with 301.6. On the national level, Nassib ranks 13th in FBS in total yards per game (312.3). More importantly, Nassib has keyed a late-season revival by the Orange.

The Syracuse offense has averaged 38 points during a current three-game winning streak and 35.8 over its last six contests. Nassib has a powerful arm, reads coverages effectively and has demonstrated poise in high-pressure situations. From the start of the season, Nassib looked completely remade. In a 42-41 opening-week defeat against Northwestern, he tied a Big East record for completions with 45 and set the conference all-time mark in attempts with 66. In spite of the loss, Nassib set a school record with 482 passing yards. Syracuse coach Doug Marrone has run out of superlatives to describe the leader of his offense.

Season stats (12 games): 283 of 448 (63.2 completion percentage), 24 TDs, 9 INTs, 3,619 passing yards.

Player ranking: Nassib's stock is rising, he's now ranked No. 43 overall and the No. 4 quarterback in CBSSports.com's latest player rankings. Nassib is currently projected to be selected in the second round. At the start of the season, Nassib was projected to be taken in round 3-4. - Matt Rybaltowski, CBSSports.com

11/23/2012 - Ryan Nassib threw for 215 yards and a touchdown, and Adonis Aimeen-Moore rushed for a pair of scores to lead Syracuse to a 38-20 victory over Temple on Friday in the Orange's last Big East game. The Orange (7-5, 5-2 Big East) have won five of six games to finish the season, and now await their bowl destination. Syracuse is moving to the ACC next season. Temple took a 20-17 lead midway through the third quarter on quarterback Clinton Granger's 10-yard scamper that capped a four-play, 62-yard Owls drive. But the Orange took over from there.

Syracuse marched down the field on its ensuing possession, going 75 yards on 12 plays over 4:21 and ending it with Aimeen-Moore's 1-yard plunge to take a 24-20 lead with 4:37 left in the quarter. Prince-Tyson Gulley scored on a 3-yard run early in the fourth quarter, ending an 11-play, 75-yard drive that took up 4:04 and gave them a 31-20 advantage. Syracuse clinched it on Keon Lyn's 31-yard interception return of Granger's errant pass with 2:37 left in the game. It was the first of two interceptions for Lyn.

Temple's Montel Harris, who ran for 351 yards and seven touchdowns in last Saturday's record-setting, 63-32 win over Army, ran for 106 yards on 21 carries for the Owls (4-7, 2-5), who ended their first season back in the Big East by losing five of six. - AP Sports

11/22/2012 - BIG EAST: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 12: 2. QB Ryan Nassib, 6-2, 228, Syracuse: Why he has the second spot: Nassib has been as cool as Joe Montana in clutch situations this season, demonstrating poise and maturity when the pressure intensifies. The Orange senior quarterback orchestrated the ninth game-winning drive of his career in last Saturday's 31-27 win at Missouri. When Nassib finished with 385 yards against the Tigers, it marked the sixth time this season he's thrown for 300 yards or more. Nassib also ranks 12th in FBS in total offense (319.82 ypg). Nassib's tutelage under former Saints assistant coach Doug Marrone could ease his transition onto the next level. The Syracuse quarterback is regarded for his high-football IQ, his ability to read defenses and his patience in going through his progressions. In a 42-41 opening-week defeat against Northwestern, Nassib tied a Big East record for completions with 45 and set the conference all-time mark in attempts with 66. In spite of the loss, Nassib set a school record with 482 passing yards.

Season stats (11 games): 267 of 420 (63.6 completion percentage), 20 TDs, 9 INTs, 3,404 passing yards. Player ranking: Nassib's stock is rising, he's now ranked No. 63 overall and the No. 7 quarterback in CBSSports.com's latest player rankings. Nassib is projected to be selected in the second round. Nassib was projected to be taken in round 3-4 earlier in the season. Up next: The Orange are already assured of a spot in a bowl game, but will conclude the regular season this week at Temple. Nassib will face a Temple defense that's ranked 117th in FBS in pass efficiency defense (156.58). Friday, 11 a.m. ET (ESPN2). - Matt Rybaltowski, CBSSports.com

11/19/2012 - WEEK 12 BIG EAST HONOR ROLL: Ryan Nassib, Sr., QB, Syracuse, West Chester, Pa.,...Completed 26 of 40 passes for 385 yards and two touchdowns with one interception in a 31-27 win at Missouri. - BIG EAST football

11/14/2012 - BIG EAST: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 11: 2. QB Ryan Nassib, 6-2, 228, Syracuse: Why he has the second spot: Nassib continued his ascent up the draft boards in leading the Orange to an impressive upset win over previously undefeated Louisville last Saturday. The Orange senior quarterback went 15 of 23 for 246 yards and three touchdowns in the 45-26 victory. In the process, Nassib set the school's all-time record for passing yards in a career. Through 10 games, Nassib has five 300-yard passing games and ranks in the top 15 in FBS in total offense (311.14 ypg). Nassib has a powerful arm, has flourished in Doug Marrone's pro-style offense and can run when necessary. Playing under Marrone, a former assistant with the Saints, could help ease Nassib's transition into the NFL. Nassib also tied a Big East record for completions with 45 and set the conference all-time mark in attempts with 66 in a 42-41 opening-week defeat to Northwestern. Despite the loss, Nassib set a school record with 482 passing yards. Season stats (10 games): 241 of 380 (63.4 completion percentage), 18 TDs, 8 INTs, 3,019 passing yards. Player ranking: Nassib is the No. 90 overall, and is the 10th-highest quarterback in CBSSports.com's latest player rankings. Up next: Syracuse travels to Columbia to face Missouri in its final nonconference game of the regular season. The Tigers rank 64th in FBS in pass efficiency defense. Saturday, 7 p.m. ET (ESPNU). - Matt Rybaltowski, CBSSports.com

11/13/2012 - 11/12/12 NFL DRAFT SCOUT RISER: QB RYAN NASSIB, SYRACUSE...If you follow me on twitter, you know that I might be the President of the Ryan Nassib fan club, but the reality is I'm not the only member - far from it. He entered the season as a likely mid-round pick for many, but he has turned some heads as a senior, most recently this past weekend as the Orange quarterback led the upset over Louisville in the Carrier Dome. Nassib finished 15-for-23 (65.2%) for 246 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions, his fourth straight game with at least one touchdown and no interceptions. He has done a nice job cutting down on the mistakes and setting up the Syracuse offense in positive situations, an issue earlier this season for Nassib. Against the previously undefeated Cardinals, Syracuse won the turnover battle (+2) and Nassib out-dueled sophomore sensation Teddy Bridgewater. The senior appears to gain confidence with every game and looks comfortable in the Orange high-tempo offense, which requires a lot of timing throws. Nassib needs to learn to better control his velocity and makes some risky decisions, but he understands situations and his competitive spirit shows when his team needs him most. While he still needs work in several areas, Nassib now has more believers than doubters and looks destined to be a top-100 selection. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

11/12/2012 - WEEK 11 BIG EAST HONOR ROLL: Ryan Nassib, Sr., QB, Syracuse, West Chester, Pa.,...Completed 15 of 23 passes for 246 yards and three touchdowns in a 45-26 win against No. 11/10 Louisville. - BIG EAST football

11/10/2012 - Ryan Nassib threw for 246 yards, Jerome Smith ran for 144 yards and Syracuse handed No. 11 Louisville its first loss of the season in a 45-26 victory on Saturday. Playing in the last home game of his SU career, Nassib directed an offense that gained 524 total yards. Nassib went 15 of 23 and passed Marvin Graves as the school's career leader in passing yards. The Orange (5-5, 3-3) blew the game open with three touchdowns in the second quarter and Louisville (9-1, 4-1) allowed more points than it had in any game this season. Teddy Bridgewater completed 36-of-49 passes for 426 and three touchdowns for Louisville. - AP Sports

11/07/2012 - BIG EAST: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 10: 2. QB Ryan Nassib, 6-2, 228, Syracuse: Why he has the top spot: There hasn't been another player in the conference who has bolstered his respective draft stock more than Nassib this season. Through nine games, Nassib has five 300-yard passing games and ranks in the top 15 in FBS in total offense (318.33 ypg). Nassib has a strong arm, has flourished in Doug Marrone's pro-style offense and can take off when needed. Playing under Marrone, a former assistant with the Saints, could help ease Nassib's transition onto the next level. On Oct. 27 at South Florida, Nassib tossed four second-half touchdowns, the last a game-winning 1-yard pass to Alec Lemon with three seconds left. Nassib also tied a Big East record for completions with 45 and set the conference all-time mark in attempts with 66 in a 42-41 opening-week defeat against Northwestern. In spite of the loss, Nassib set a school record with 482 passing yards. Season stats (nine games): 226 of 357 (63.3 completion percentage), 18 TDs, 8 INTs, 2,773 passing yards. Player ranking: Nassib is the No. 90 overall, and is the 10th-highest quarterback in CBSSports.com's latest player rankings. Up next: Syracuse hosts unbeaten, No. 9 Louisville on Saturday at the Carrier Dome. The Cardinals rank 50th in FBS in pass efficiency defense and 29th in total defense (337.22 ypg). - Matt Rybaltowski, CBSSports.com

10/10/2012 - BIG EAST: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 6: 2. QB Ryan Nassib, 6-2, 223, Syracuse: Why he has the second spot: The senior quarterback's spectacular start to the season has lost a little luster over the past several weeks. In the past two games Nassib is 40 of 71 (56.3 completion percentage) with 1 TD and 3 INTs. Nassib opened the year by averaging more than 375 yards a game over his first three starts. During the span, he threw for 9 TDs and 3 INTs. In a 42-41 opening-week defeat against Northwestern, Nassib tied a Big East record for completions with 45 and set the conference all-time mark in attempts with 66. He also set a school record with 482 passing yards. Nassib has flourished in a pro-style offense under former Saints offensive coordinator Doug Marrone. It may help provide him with a smooth transition to the next level. Season stats (five games): 137 of 214 (64.0 completion percentage), 10 TDs, 6 INTs, 310.4 yards per game. Player ranking: Nassib is ranked 88th overall and the 10th-highest quarterback in CBSSports.com latest player rankings. Up next: Rutgers, Saturday, 12 p.m. ET (Big East Network/ESPN 3). - Matt Rybaltowski, CBSSports.com

10/05/2012 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: Pittsburgh at Syracuse, Oct. 5 -- It's the last meeting between these two teams as Big East members. But anyone who's a big fan of this rivalry need not worry -- both are heading to the ACC after this season. KEYS TO THE GAME: Pittsburgh's offense has been on fire over its last two games, and it can move the ball easily through the air and on the ground. Key No. 1 is to slow the Panthers down and force some turnovers. When the offense gets the ball, Ryan Nassib and company need to take advantage of their opportunities and get the ball in the end zone. And a fast start wouldn't hurt, for a change of pace if nothing else. PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Ryan Nassib -- The senior so far has put up big numbers in everything except the win column. If he wants to end his career in a bowl game, he's going to have to lead his team to paydirt more often, in the first half as well as the second. - The Sports Xchange

10/05/2012 - Syracuse is now 1-8 over its last nine games, dating back to a five-game losing streak that ended the 2011 season. It is 0-8 against BCS teams over that stretch, with the only victory coming against lower-division Stony Brook. Quarterback Ryan Nassib has been nominated for the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Award. Up to 18 players will be honored at the end of the season with an $18,000 scholarship for their post-graduate education. - The Sports Xchange

09/17/2012 - WEEK 3 BIG EAST HONOR ROLL: Ryan Nassib, Sr., QB, Syracuse, West Chester, Pa.,...Completed 22 of 35 passes for 335 yards and three touchdowns in a 28-17 win against Stony Brook. - BIG EAST football

09/15/2012 - Ryan Nassib hit Jarrod West for the go-ahead touchdown, freshman Ashton Broyld scored on a 22-yard run and Syracuse beat Stony Brook 28-17 Saturday to snap a seven-game losing streak. Stony Brook (2-1), which competes in the Football Championship Subdivision, entered the game 0-3 against college football's top tier, the Football Bowl Subdivision. All three losses came in the previous two seasons, against UTEP and Buffalo last year and South Florida in 2010, but the Seawolves were in this one until the fourth quarter and never allowed Syracuse's offense to get in high gear. Syracuse (1-2) has won its last 29 games against current FCS members, a streak that dates to a 14-13 loss to Holy Cross in October 1958. The Seawolves entered the game ranked No. 16 in the FCS coaches poll and led the division in total offense. They acquitted themselves well, outgaining Syracuse in the first half behind the powerful running of Miguel Maysonet, who finished with 158 yards rushing, before the Orange defense dug in. Maysonet gained 137 yards and scored once in the first half, but he was held to two yards in the third quarter when Syracuse came alive. - AP Sports

09/10/2012 - WEEK 2 BIG EAST HONOR ROLL: Ryan Nassib, Sr., QB, Syracuse, West Chester, Pa.,...Threw for 322 yards and two touchdowns on 30-of-46 passing in a 42-29 loss to No. 2 Southern California. Set school's career completions record (572). - BIG EAST football

09/08/2012 - Five Prospects I'll Be Watching Saturday: QB Ryan Nassib, Syracuse: Nassib and his Syracuse Orangemen lost a heart-breaker last weekend to Northwestern but with Matt Barkley and the USC Trojans traveling across the country to play Saturday, there certainly isn't time to fret about the last game. While the Orange lost to the Wildcats, one certainly couldn't place the blame on Nassib, who threw for an eye-popping 470 yards in leading the team on a furious second half comeback that included throwing the go-ahead score with just 2:40 remaining in the game. Like with Barkley, NFLDraftScout.com's top-rated prospect for the 2013 draft, Nassib doesn't possess ideal size at 6-2, 228 pounds. He has the arm strength, accuracy and enough mobility, however, to defy the odds and is the unquestioned leader of his team. Syracuse isn't talented enough to keep up with the No. 2 rated Trojans for long in this game but Nassib is good enough to challenge the USC defense. Southern Cal's defense, of course, is more athletic than any other Nassib will face this season, however, so he'll have quite the challenge, himself. Nassib, who broke three school records and earned the Big East's Player of the Week for his performance against Northwestern, is currently earning a third round grade. This game is scheduled to begin at 3:30 pm eastern and will be televised by ABC/ESPN. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

09/07/2012 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: USC vs. Syracuse at MetLife Stadium, Sept. 8 -- This will be a challenge for the Orange, who had enough trouble with Northwestern a week ago. USC will be the highest-powered offense Syracuse will see all year, and how well the team can slow it down will determine the chances of an upset. KEYS TO THE GAME: Syracuse can't afford the mistakes that were so costly against Northwestern. That's a given. It's going to have to figure out a way to slow down the Trojan offense, and get pressure on Matt Barkley so its secondary has a fighting chance to make plays. PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Ryan Nassib -- It's safe to say that, after his record-setting performance a week ago, Nassib has USC's attention. Repeating those numbers isn't realistic, but he'll have to play another excellent game. Being aggressive without being careless will be key, since it will take touchdowns instead of field goals to beat the Trojans. QUOTE TO NOTE: "Going against USC, this is definitely a game that if you win, it's something that you are going to remember for a lifetime. Coach Marrone still talks about his win over Nebraska so fortunately for us we have an opportunity where we can have similar stories for us when we are his age." -- Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib. - The Sports Xchange

09/07/2012 - Ryan Nassib knew he had rewritten the Syracuse passing record book when he left the stadium last week, only to see his totals added to long after the final whistle. A 12-yard toss to Marcus Sales was reclassified as a pass instead of a run, giving Nassib 45 completions in 66 attempts for a total of 482 yards. In addition, that extra completion ties him for the top spot in the Big East record books with former Louisville QB Brian Brohm. - The Sports Xchange

09/07/2012 - For a team that's just hoping to reach the postseason in 2011, Syracuse had a crushing loss in its season opener. The 42-41 defeat to Northwestern, and the last minute Wildcats score that send the Orange out losers, had the feel of a game the team will want to have back come December. But Doug Marrone's squad had no time to sit around and mope. With Southern California coming to the East Coast this Saturday, there's another opportunity to open some eyes with a strong performance ... or get blown away if the team shows up still trying to figure out what happened a week ago. There are definitely some positive takeaways from the opener. The new-look Syracuse offense was explosive against the Wildcats, and the no-huddle kept the defense off-balance. Syracuse's wide receivers looked very good, and quarterback Ryan Nassib seemed to be more open to different receivers now that security blanket Nick Provo has graduated. Syracuse has been criticized in recent years for being excessively predictable and conservative on offense. Few could credibly make that case on Saturday. But even on a day when its quarterback set school records for his production, there were too many mistakes on defense and special teams to overcome, and too many occasions early in the game when the Orange had to settle for three points instead of six. That was costly against its Big Ten opponent. It will be even more costly if it happens again this weekend against the No. 2 team in the country. - The Sports Xchange

09/07/2012 - KEEP AN EYE ON: Syracuse ran the no-huddle offense against Northwestern, and the results were impressive. It will be interesting to see whether the style continues against a tougher USC team this week, but it takes advantage of a veteran quarterback and what looks to be a deep wide receiving corps. QB Ryan Nassib had a record-setting day in defeat against Northwestern. He set the school mark for completions, attempts, and yards in a game by going 44-of-65 for 470 yards. He was one completion away from the Big East record held by former Louisville signal-caller Brian Brohm. - The Sports Xchange

09/04/2012 - BIG EAST: PLAYERS WHOSE NFL DRAFT STOCK IS RISING: Ryan Nassib, Syracuse: Despite Nassib's effort against the Wildcats, the Orange quarterback still placed 13th among quarterbacks in CBSSports.com draft expert Rob Rang's rankings for the 2013 NFL Draft. Nassib demonstrated his powerful arm strength on Saturday by hitting wide receiver Jeremiah Kobena in stride on a 50-yard fly pattern down the left sidelines for a touchdown. Nassib's performance is even more impressive considering several Orange receivers missed the game, including All-Big East performer Alec Lemon. With their absence, coach Doug Marrone said the offense was fairly vanilla in the opener. As Marrone adds complexities throughout the season, it can only help Nassib prepare for the next level. You can see him next: Saturday vs. Southern California at MetLife Stadium, 3:30 p.m. ET (ABC/ESPN 2). - Matt Rybaltowski, CBSSports.com

09/03/2012 - WEEK 1 BIG EAST OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib enjoyed one of the most prolific days by a quarterback in BIG EAST history in Syracuse's 42-41 loss to Northwestern. He completed 45 of 66 passes for 482 yards - all school records - with four touchdown passes, rallying the Orange from a 22-point third-quarter deficit to a six-point lead with 2:40 left in the fourth quarter. The 66 pass attempts broke the BIG EAST single-game record, while the 45 completions tied the mark. The yardage total is fourth on the conference's single-game chart. Nassib's passing and total offense (512 yards) numbers are the best by a Bowl Subdivision player in the opening week of the season. - BIG EAST football

09/01/2012 - Syracuse looked dead to rights Saturday against Northwestern, trailing 35-13 at one point. But senior quarterback Ryan Nassib pulled the Orange back, passing for 470 yards -- a school record. Nassib led Syracuse on four consecutive touchdown drives to make it interesting. A late Wildcat touchdown, however, spoiled the party for Syracuse, as Northwestern pulled out a wild one, 42-41. Nassib finished the day 44-of-65 for 470 yards, along with 4 touchdowns and an interception. This, it should be noted, all without leading receiver Alec Lemon, who missed the game with an injury. Next up for the Orange will be Southern California, certainly a stiffer challenge for Nassib and company. - Evan Hilbert, CBSSports.com

08/16/2012 - The Syracuse is practicing at an Army base in northern New York this week in an effort to instill a new level of discipline and teamwork. Coming off a 5-7 season, the Orange are trying everything they can to improve and take a step forward. The team is hoping a week away to focus solely on football and teamwork makes that happen. The players live in barracks and every night eat dinner with the soldiers on base to connect with them and learn about their lives in the military. The players return to Syracuse on Sunday to finish training camp on their own fields before the season opener against Northwestern at home on Sept. 1. But they'll leave Fort Drum with a whole new outlook on the military, and a new appreciation for the importance of teamwork. - AP Sports

08/04/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON JOHNNY UNITAS GOLDEN ARM AWARD CANDIDATE: Ryan Nassib, Syracuse...Quarterback had long been a trouble spot for Syracuse, but Nassib has bucked that trend. In 2011, Nassib set school records for completions (259) and passing yards (2,685). - The Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award

07/02/2012 - Top-five Syracuse prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 3. QB Ryan Nassib (6-2, 230)...Only two quarterbacks from Syracuse have been drafted since 1945, but with a consistent senior season, Nassib will be the third (and first since Donovan McNabb in 1999). Entering his third year as the starting quarterback for the Orange offense, he will contend for most of the school's career passing records in 2012. Nassib flew under the radar as a two-star high school recruit out of Pennsylvania, redshirting in 2008 and serving as the back-up behind Ex-basketball player Greg Paulus in 2009. He inherited the starting quarterback duties in 2010 as a sophomore, throwing for 2,334 yards, 19 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Nassib had his best season last year as a junior, finishing with 2,685 passing yards, 62.4 completion percentage and a TD-INT ratio of 22-9. He has good-enough arm strength to make throws at all levels of the field with the mechanics and beautiful ball fakes that scouts love to see. Nassib tends to make poor reads under pressure and force throws, but is a smart player and does a nice job using his eyes to hold defenders and work through his progressions. He isn't a statue in the pocket and is very accurate throwing on the run, flashing impressive toughness for the position. Nassib is a gamer with a live arm and the potential to rise up draft boards with a consistent senior year, ranking as one of the more underrated players for the 2013 NFL Draft. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com


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