A native of California, Crist was one of the highest recruited prep players out of high school and received scholarship offers from every major program in the country, choosing to head east and play for Notre Dame.
After redshirting in 2008, he saw limited duty as Clausen's back-up in 2009, but tore the ACL in his right knee and missed most of the season. Crist returned in 2010 as a sophomore and started the first nine games under new head coach Brian Kelly, but was again lost for the season after a serious leg injury, this time to his left knee.
He began the 2011 season opener as the starter, but was benched due to ineffectiveness and became an afterthought on the depth chart for the rest of the year. Crist arrives in Lawrence with 2,327 passing yards and 20 total touchdowns over his career, but only 130 of those yards came under the tutelage of Weis.
Though he "led" the Jayhawks in passing in 2012, Crist's consistent inaccuracy and poor decisions played a critical role in Kansas finishing the first season under Charlie Weis a disappointing 1-11. Crist completed just 47.7% of his passes for 1,313 yards, a measly four touchdowns and nine interceptions. Crist ranked dead last among the 116 quarterbacks who threw enough passes to qualify in efficiency rankings in 2012.
So, after such a horrific season against notoriously leaky Big 12 defenses, why might Crist earn NFL attention? Because there will be an NFL team who believes they might be the ones able to coax the talent from Crist, especially after he ended his collegiate career on a relative high note, earning MVP with a solid performance in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.
Weaknesses: Possesses enough talent to intrigue but lacks the instincts needed for success at quarterback, at least at this time. Seems to be a half-second late on all of his decisions.Stares down his targets on most downfield throws, giving defenders plenty of time to adjust. Often pats the ball as he does so, providing his opponent even more of an advantage. Trusts his arm and will attempt to threat the needle. Throws passes with enough accuracy and velocity to not have as many of his attempts intercepted as lesser-talented throwers would but repeatedly makes poor decisions with the football. Stiff as a runner, showing little elusiveness or balance and is too often taken down by tacklers who appear to be in poor position to tackle him.
Compares To: Curtis Painter, QB, Baltimore Ravens