- Andrea Adelson, ESPN Staff Writer
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Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib was selected a 2012 National Football Foundation National Scholar-Athlete on Wednesday, and will be honored at a dinner in December in New York.
Nassib was one of 15 players to receive the honor, which recognizes excellence in the classroom, on the football field and in the community.
"It means a lot to be honored as a NFF National Scholar-Athlete," Nassib said in a statement. "It’s a great honor to be able to get an award from such a renowned foundation. I'm happy that I was able to get the award for my team and my school. It's quite an honor to be recognized like this."
As a NFF National Scholar-Athlete, Nassib is now a candidate for the William V. Campbell Trophy, presented to the best scholar-athlete in college football. Each of the NFF Scholar-Athletes receive a scholarship to assist with tuition for graduate school.
Nassib is the fifth Syracuse player to be honored as a NFF Scholar-Athlete. The elite group includes offensive tackle Mark Baniewicz (1999), defensive tackle Tim Green (1985), linebacker Tony Romano (1983) and halfback Gerhard Schwedes (1959).
Nassib graduated in May from the Martin J. Whitman School of Management 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.
He also has served on the Syracuse 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.