Should Syracuse Fans Be Worried Ryan Nassib Wasn’t Selected a Captain?

It’s not imperative for the quarterback to wear the “C” as long as he leads in the huddle.

Syracuse has announced its team captains for the upcoming season as running back Antwon Bailey, corner Kevyn Scott, and fullback Adam Harris. Conspicuously absent from that list is quarterback Ryan Nassib.

Bailey, Scott, and Harris have been formally anointed as the squad’s emotional leaders. They were chosen by a vote of their teammates to rep the Orange offense, defense, and special teams (Harris, also expected to be the starting fullback, is the special teams captain). All three represent the Orange well in the classroom, community and on the field for what hopes to be a season on the rise for SU. Aside from playing significant roles on Saturdays, few would question why teammates would select these three as their captains.

Some might question Nassib not being selected, though. In any offense, the quarterback must be a leader and command respect in the huddle. Orange success is dependent on the junior signal-caller to step to the forefront. So why not give him the “C”?

The simple answer is the three chosen players are all seniors and Nassib is really only a redshirt junior. Reading deeper and suggesting it’s a poor reflection on Nassib is an overreaction.

Although the two are often related, there is a difference between a “captain” and a “leader.” A player does not necessarily need to be one in order to be the other. Captaincy may honor players who’ve been in the program longest. It can also recognize their hard work, and being respectable young adults off the field and in the classroom. Not to say Nassib isn’t any or all of those things, but the three captains all have those qualities.

Leaders are not voted on to lead. They just do it. And Ryan Nassib can do just that for the SU offense, with or without the title.

The honor of captain in college football seems better appropriated for a player like Harris than Nassib. It’s the perfect way to recognize a kid who worked his way from walk-on linebacker to starting fullback. He’s labored through a transfer from Cornell and a position change to turn himself into an impact player for Syracuse. As a former Ivy Leaguer, he is the definition of a real student-athlete at SU, which should not be overlooked in today’s college football.

Recognize the senior fullback as a captain of this team; he’s earned the honor. And if Nassib needs a “C” on his chest to command respect in the huddle, well then he probably wasn’t cut out for the job anyway.

Posted: Steve Neikam

15 Comments on this Post

  1. rules are u have to be a senior to be voted captain, ryan is a junior……..ummmm once again fizz goes tabloid.

    its like saying should we be worried that recruits for next year haven’t enrolled in syracuse yet?

    uhh no they still have hs to finish first.

  2. 86trash

    mdb80……isn’t it easy to be an asshole everyday, when you dont use your real name? That’s the one thing I hate about the net, the thing I love about it is the other 40-50 Orange blogs. Why don’t you head on over there and annoy them for a change?

    Fizz you summed it up well in the last statement……I don’t always agree with your collective opinions……….but enjoy reading each one, keep it up

  3. 86…is that your first name?

    the fizz writes articles that are gossip and passes them as journalism, its bad.

    I mean where is the correction from the broyld article about him being upset about changing positions? He played QB and only QB the first game….any correction fromt eh fizz, nope.

    they write an article should fans be worried nassib isn’t a captain, well technically he can’t be a captain so who would write an article asking if fans should be worried about something not happening when it isn’t possible for it to happen.

    then botton of the article they make the two dollar movie line if nassib needs a c on his chest to lead then he isn’t the right guy……

    what the article should say is only seniors can be captain and they have to pick one guy from offense, one from defense and one on special teams.

    offense bailey…best player on offense that is a sr

    special teams…harris, he may be the only sr on the majority of the special teams units

    defense…kscott, fifth year senior(one of two sr starters)

    there was another article about miami and how there current issues should make us happy syracuse has marrone…those two things have nothing to do with eachother.

    its just another ‘article’ about a nonstory.

  4. Its a f*ing blog dude, who ever said it was pure journalism. The fizz at least goes and gets sources and stories themselves and talk to ppl. Unlike every other blog that just repeats news, they make their own. This might be a non story because Nassib is a junior agreed. But if it all if its stuff is bad like u say, then stop reading

  5. Guys, guys, guys! All this fighting in here is killing my comforting Orange buzz going into an exciting football season! @MDB80 – as I’ve said in the past, I always appreciate corrections and feedback – as the editor around here, my job is focused on trying to serve the audience the best way possible. So thanks. We talk to the plyers, coaches and people around the program more than any other SU blog, so we definitely treat the journalism seriously and believe our opinions are founded in fact. As for the difference between opinion and journalism – I’m sure you’re educated enough to realize, you can do both. You’re one of our most regular readers, so you know we’ve run the Fizz this way for three years. I will also remind you – this is a free enterprise. It’s not worth bitching this much (every post) if you don’t even have to pay for it. Life is short – Syracuse is good – let’s enjoy it, huh?

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