Editor’s Note: The following article is a weekly feature from Orange::44 correspondent John Brennan (twitter @jbren) that runs every Monday morning during the football season called Monday Morning Quarterback, assessing the quarterback situation of
Oh how good it feels to be right! Remember last week when I said Ryan Nassib will throw for 215 yards and two touchdowns against
But enough about me and my wisdom. Let’s take a good at how Ryan Nassib led this 2010
As stated above, here’s the line on Ryan Nassib: 229 yards passing, two touchdowns, one interception, and he was sacked just once. To get those 229 yards, he completed 17 passes on 27 attempts, which by my calculations equates to about a 63% completion rate. Not too shabby. No one receiver was a favorite of Nassib (or no one receiver had the stand-above skills), but the ball was spread to seven different receivers. Touchdown passes were to Hofstra transfer Aaron “Immediate Impact” Weaver, and Van “Big League” Chew.
Sorry, Chris Berman stole my keyboard there for a second. I’m back now.
Pretty much the only blemish on the day for Ryan Nassib was an interception in the end zone. Where have we seen this before in an opening game? Oh yeah. Last year. Greg Paulus. Except, this time, the game was not on the line. So in the scheme of things, the Nassib pick was not a big deal. In fact, overall, I have to be pleasantly surprised with the poise, confidence, and decision-making out of Nassib. This was one of my concerns coming in – but he seems to have established himself as quite a leader of this offense. He was quick to get rid of the ball, especially when the offensive line broke down, but he was careful to throw it either where a white jersey could catch it, or nobody could catch it. To see that type of maturity out of a young quarterback who really has little actual game experience I thought was a big relief.
That said, let’s not forget this was the Akron Zips. The Akron Zips who turned out a crowd of 15,969 for their home opener. The Akron Zips who are picked to finish last in the MAC, below such perennial powerhouses as
Had it not been a good showing, that obviously would have set the tone for the rest of the season. A bad tone. Disappointment. Instead, we’re looking at hope, at potential, at winning. Especially when you look around the Big East and see what the other seven did this weekend. This league is wide open, and if the
But it’s not all smiling kids and jelly beans.
The Weekly QB WatchI’m debating between predicting Ryan Nassib throwing for 2 or 3 touchdowns. My heart says 3, but my gut says 2. So I’ll officially go with 2. I also see 280 yards passing.