Bucknell Football BIO
6 R.J. Nitti
Career: Finished career ranked second at Bucknell in career pass attempts (765), second in touchdown passes (34), third in passing yards (5,171), third in total offense (4,775) and fourth in pass completions (416) ... three-year starter at quarterback ... Career Statistics: 29 games played, 27 games started, 416-for-765 for 5,171 yards and 34 touchdowns, 114 rushing attempts, 3 tackles.
2016 (Senior): Opened season as team's starting quarterback, but was injured in second game of season at Duquesne ... missed four straight games ... saw action in seven games overall with six starts ... best performance of year was at Lehigh (17-for-26 for 228 yards) ... threw for two touchdowns at Charleston Southern.
2015 (Junior): Second year as team’s full-time starting quarterback ... broke school record for passing yards in a season (2,477) ... No. 2 on Bucknell’s single-season pass completions list (205) ... had 13 touchdown passes for second straight season ... finished year 205-for-365 for 2,477 yards and 13 touchdowns ... earned team’s George L. McGaughey Award as the outstanding player in the Lafayette game ... completed 15 of 26 passes for 241 yards and four touchdowns against the Leopards ... also rushed for a touchdown that clinched outcome late in fourth quarter ... four touchdown passes equaled career high ... became first Bison QB to throw at least four touchdowns in a game twice in career ... 28 pass completions and 49 pass attempts vs. Georgetown were most by a Bison QB since 2001 ... 338 passing yards against Georgetown rank sixth on program’s single-game list ... just the 11th 300-yard game in school history ... threw for at least 200 yards in each of final five games of season ... at least 26 pass attempts in all 11 games ... led team in touchdowns (6) and points (38) ... rushed for a two-point conversion at VMI ... also led squad in total offense (2,295) ... ranked in the top 50 nationally in completions per game (18.64), passing yards (2,477), passing yards per game (225.2) and points responsible for per game (10.9).
2014 (Sophomore): Team’s starting quarterback ... started all seven games in which he played ... completed 105 of 195 passes for 1,553 yards ... threw 13 touchdowns and seven interceptions ... had just one game with more than one interception ... credited with 22 rushing attempts ... missed mid-October game at Lehigh and final three contests of season due to injury ... completed 18 of 31 passes for career-high-tying 271 yards and four touchdowns in win at Sacred Heart ... first Bison to throw four touchdowns in a game since Jim Fox in 1996 ... 13 touchdowns were most in a season by a Bison quarterback since Marcello Trigg threw for 13 in 2008 ... combined with Trey Lauletta to give Bucknell two 1,000-yard passers in the same season for the first time in program history ... four games with at least 200 yards passing ... named Bison Athlete of the Week Sept. 22 following Sacred Heart game.
2013 (Freshman): Appeared in four games (three starts) at quarterback in place of an injured Brandon Wesley ... completed 20 of 39 passes for 271 yards in second career start vs. Holy Cross ... second-most passing yards by a Bison freshman in program history, and most since 1991 ... most passing yards by a Bison since 2008 season opener ... finished season 38-for-78 for 371 yards ... sixth-most passing yards for a Bucknell freshman ... also started vs. Lafayette and Dartmouth.
Half Hallow Hills East High School: Member of football and baseball teams ... team captain and three-year starter in football ... football team MVP as a junior and senior ... two-time all-league and all-county selection ... finalist for Boomer Esiason Award as the best quarterback in Suffolk County ... finished career with school single-game, single-season and career passing records ... fourth in Long Island history for passing yards in a game (471) ... seventh in Long Island history for career passing yards at time of graduation ... two-year starter on basketball team ... team MVP, all-league and all-conference as a junior.
Personal: Ryan James Nitti ... born Nov. 26, 1994 in Oceanside, New York ... son of John and Pat Nitti ... has three siblings: John, Annmarie and Cailyn ... father played football at Yale and later with the New York Jets and New York Giants ... mother was a member of the track and field teams at Auburn and St. John’s, specializing in the high jump ... brother, John, played football at Cornell ... majoring in political science.
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