SU's Nassib named Big East football Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib has yet another prestigious accolade to add onto his list of many after a record-breaking senior season. The Orange signal caller has been honored as the BIG EAST Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Nassib will receive a $2,000 scholarship, which may be applied to graduate or professional studies, as the Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Nassib additionally was chosen as Syracuse's Institutional Male Scholar-Athlete, giving him another $2,000 award. The selection was made by the conference's Academic Affairs Committee, is presented on the basis of academic credentials and athletic performance and is sponsored by American Eagle Outfitters.
Nassib is the second Syracuse football player to be named the BIG EAST Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Kyle Johnson was the first member of the Orange to garner the accolade in 2001. Nassib was also named a 2012 National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete for his dedication on the field, in the classroom and in the community. After rewriting the record book this season, Nassib was named to the Pro Football Weekly's All-America Team and to the All-BIG EAST Second Team. Nassib holds every major career and single-season passing record (except career TD passes) in SU history, including most attempts (1,312), completions (791) and yards (9,190). He also has 3,891 yards of total offense in 2012, another Orange season record. Nassib ranks first in completions and pass attempts in the BIG EAST career record book.
He was also named captain of the 2012 BIG EAST and New Era Pinstripe Bowl Champions. For someone who has etched his name in multiple places in the SU football record book, it is an outstanding feat that Nassib has excelled in the class room, as well. Nassib graduated in May from the Martin J. Whitman School of Management in May with a dual undergraduate degree in finance and managerial accounting and is currently pursuing his Master's degree in accounting. A 2010 ESPN Academic All-District Team selection, Nassib is also a four-time BIG EAST All-Academic Team honoree and has been on the Athletic Director's Honor Roll and the Whitman School of Management Dean's List every year.
Nassib was just the fifth Orange student-athlete to earn the NFF Scholar-Athlete honors, joining Gerhard Schwedes (1959), Tony Romano (1983) Tim Green (1985) and Mark Baniewicz (1999). He was honored on a night when Syracuse legend Art Monk was inducted into the NFF College Football Hall of Fame. When he is not out on the practice field or working on school work, Nassib also finds time to volunteer within his community. He has served on the SU Football Team Leadership Council since 2009 and has interned each summer with an investment broker. He also volunteers at the Onondaga County Justice Center as well as the Salvation Army and Benderson Ida Senior Center.