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ND's Crist: 'I'm cleared for everything'

Posted on: March 25, 2011 3:51 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Notre Dame quarterback Dayne Crist hasn't had much luck on the injury front in his relatively brief Irish career.

Crist tore his ACL during the 2009 season and was limited in his first spring practice under Brian Kelly, then won the Irish's 2010 starting job anyway. But then Crist's season was ended by a torn patellar tendon against Tulsa Oct. 30. With Tommy Rees leading the Irish to a surprising four-game winning streak to end the season and Crist presumably limited again this spring, Rees was a narrow favorite to maintain his lead for the starting nod when the Irish began spring camp this week .

But that might not be the most accurate portrayal of the situation, not if Crist is being honest about how well that injured knee is responding:
"I'm cleared for everything right now," Crist said Friday, following a morning practice. "I'm 100 percent cleared for everything I'm doing" ...

[N]ot only is Crist back, he also is hardly limited at all. Offensive coordinator Charley Molnar suggested to reporters earlier this week that Crist actually looks healthier this year than he did a year ago, when he was returning from a torn right ACL.

"From a physical standpoint, absolutely," Crist said, when asked to assess Molnar's assessment. "I feel I'm moving very well, I'm real happy with the knee, I have zero issues. Right now it's about getting the rest of the leg strong again and that just comes with the weight room. That just comes in time."

If there's truly "zero issues" with Crist's knee, that's terrific news for Crist and less-than-stellar news for Rees; despite Rees's heroics last fall, a healthy Crist -- having already won the job once and still boasting the raw talent and size that made him a five-star recruit out of high school -- would likely be tipped by many to reclaim the starter's position.

But the bottom line is that it's unambiguously good news for the Irish as a whole, who now have a legitimate quarterback competition in place to help both players get better throughout the spring, two quarterbacking options who have been able to fully participate in spring camp, and (of course) the likely higher-ceilinged of the two back on the field.

Now, though, comes the next question: can the brittle Crist stay healthy?


Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: March 28, 2011 11:09 am

ND's Crist: 'I'm cleared for everything'

Another sucky QB at ND, have they had anyone worth a crap since Joe Montana? Rick Mirer was okay, but Quinn and Clausen..... yikes.

Since: Oct 15, 2006
Posted on: March 28, 2011 5:46 am

ND's Crist: 'I'm cleared for everything'

Isn't it a tad early to be "ready to go?" Don't be a teenager having sexing and peak too early, son...

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: March 27, 2011 10:38 pm

ND's Crist: 'I'm cleared for everything'

I hardly care who wins the starting and backup jobs, since at least I know I won't be watching Nate Montana take the field in the golden helmet this fall.  Can I get an amen from the chorus?

Since: Apr 19, 2009
Posted on: March 27, 2011 10:20 pm

ND's Crist: 'I'm cleared for everything'

As long as Crist shows he can stay healthy all the time I think there maybe a legitimate possiblity that he has the starting job for the 2011 season.

Since: Sep 14, 2009
Posted on: March 26, 2011 1:23 pm

ND's Crist: 'I'm cleared for everything'

Lets hope he really is this time.  Honestly, I am not sold on his ability to stay healthy, neither injury was the result of a big hit.  Even if he is 100%, he's not going to run, he didn't run much last year, even when he had the chance to.  In any event, having too many QBs is a problem I can live with over not having enough.

Since: Mar 26, 2011
Posted on: March 26, 2011 12:50 am

ND's Crist: 'I'm cleared for everything'

Keep your eye on Golson, he will impress, if he was two inches taller and twenty pounds heavier, he'd automatically be in the conversation of who would start this year. The reports coming out of spring practice will soon read, Golson has the strongest and most accurate arm with the best feet and speed of all quarterbacks in practice, but, he lacks size. Check out his HS stats, and remember he missed seven or eight games his senior year, and yet he won the State Champion Game (again).

Since: May 9, 2009
Posted on: March 25, 2011 10:28 pm

ND's Crist: 'I'm cleared for everything'

Gipper I didnt realize they he had thrown more picks but come on give the kid credit. The baby was thrown in the bathwater and as a freshman I think he did very well under unbelivable pressure. Regardlless of what the D did or how good the running game was he still had to deliver. Brian Kelley was amazed how poised he was. At least outwardly he didnt look nervous at all. Regardless since he would have gotten the grief if they had lost at least give him the accolades since they won. I think he has the makings of a good quarterback. Crist wasnt so stellar even before he was hurt so I am not impressed. I am sorry he has had injuries but that was the rub even before he was the starting quarterback...injury prone. I am just happy we have more than one decent quarterback to choose from.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: March 25, 2011 10:23 pm

ND's Crist: 'I'm cleared for everything'

Crist may or may not win the job but I think it is silly to dismiss Rees
Rees lead to a win in four straight games
Reeslead to a win over a ranked team
Rees lead to a win in the green jerseys
Rees lead to a win over USC 
name the last ND QB to do all those things in the same season.
all when everybody said he was too small, to weak, and too young to be su successful
heck no one really thought Rees would hold of Montana or the other freshman for a place on the depth chart 
Rees might not be an athletic marvel, but he gets Ws and the team plays better when he is on the field. A QB with intangibles like that can never be counted out.
If Crist beats him out and they win GREAT. If Hendrix wins the gig and they win GREAT. If door #3 opens and the freshman delays his eventual departure for basketball and wins the gig and they win GREAT. 
No matter what happens no one can take the skins off the wall Rees already put up and if he wins the job then no one should really be surprised.

Since: Feb 23, 2008
Posted on: March 25, 2011 9:57 pm

ND's Crist: 'I'm cleared for everything'

I agree with you completely.  Nothing against Rees, but the defense was stellar in those five games that he started.  Plus, as I posted in response to another article, you have to love Crist's mental toughness and his willingness to take on competition (see as an example his willingness to come to ND, with Clausen firmly entrenched).  I would like to see Hendrix in some games this year, hopefully in mop up duty!


Since: Oct 31, 2006
Posted on: March 25, 2011 5:42 pm
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