2015 NFL DRAFT

Dayne Crist, QB

School: Kansas  |  Conference: BIG12
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Canoga Park, CA
Height/Weight: 6-5 / 239 lbs.
Projected Ranking
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LATEST NEWS
04/08/2013 - Patriots work out three Jayhawks following Kansas' pro day...Dayne Crist, QB (6-4 3/8, 239) - Crist ran the 40 in 4.94 seconds with the wind and 5.00 seconds against the wind. He had a 29-inch vertical jump and an 8-foot-11 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.46 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.48 seconds. He also had 15 strength lifts on the bench press. They said Crist - who transferred to Kansas after three seasons at Notre Dame - looked pretty good in the workout. Kansas head coach Charlie Weis - who coached Crist in South Bend, Ind. - thinks very highly of the quarterback. Three days after the pro day, the New England Patriots came into Lawrence and worked out Crist, McDougal and Opurum. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com

01/19/2013 - Kansas quarterback Dayne Crist threw for a touchdown and ran for another to lead the National to a 34-0 victory over the American on Saturday at the second annual NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. Crist completed 7-of-10 passes for 61 yards and was named MVP. He opened the scoring with a 1-yard run in the second quarter and followed it with a 7-yard touchdown pass on the next possession to help stake the National to a 17-0 halftime lead.

South Carolina kicker Adam Yates kicked field goals of 40 and 41 yards, Washington State quarterback Jeff Tuel threw for a score, and Texas Tech running back Eric Stephens Jr. ran for a touchdown as well to round out the National scoring. The American squad fumbled the ball seven times, turned it over five times, and didn't cross midfield until late in the third quarter. - AP Sports

01/13/2013 - Former Kansas University quarterback Dayne Crist got back on the winning track Friday night at the Casino Del Sol College All-Star Game in Tucson, Ariz., helping lead the West all-stars to a 40-7 rout of the East. Crist, who started seven games during his one season at KU and was benched midway through the year, was one of two quarterbacks on the West roster and played multiple series. He finished 6-of-12 passing for 62 yards and one touchdown and also was sacked once.

His lone TD pass came in the third quarter, when he led an 11-play, 85-yard scoring drive that spanned 5:15 and resulted in a 10-yard strike from Crist to former San Jose State running back Ina Liaina. Next up for Crist is a trip to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl on Jan. 19. He will join fellow Jayhawks Trevor Marrongelli, Duane Zlatnik, Toben Opurum and Josh Williams in playing in the all-star game sponsored by the NFL Players Association. - John Young, KUSports.com

01/11/2013 - Former Kansas University quarterback Dayne Crist, who came to KU with a world of hype and left with a whimper, will begin the first stage of his quest to become a professional football player at 7 tonight in the Casino Del Sol College All-Star Game in Tucson, Ariz.

Crist, one of eight departing Jayhawks selected to play in various postseason all-star showcases during the next few weeks, is ready to do whatever it takes to put himself in the most positive light for pro scouts. "Gotta take a shot," he said when discussing his future during the final weeks of KU's 1-11 season. "Gotta take a shot. I'm not done working."

In some ways, Crist could be just what NFL coaches and scouts are looking for during the couple of months leading up to this year's draft. At 6-foot-4, 235 pounds, he has prototype size. He was tutored - twice - by KU coach Charlie Weis. He has a strong arm and can make all of the throws required by NFL quarterbacks. Plus, those who suited up alongside him say he's a great teammate and, perhaps more importantly, no character risk.

"He's the kind of guy that a game like this, it could really jump-start things for him," Crist's All-Star Game coach, Dick Tomey, told the Arizona Daily Star. "I remember when he was coming out of high school - what a prospect." - Matt Tait, KUsports.com

12/18/2012 - Kansas quarterback Dayne Crist, a former starter at Notre Dame, has accepted an invitation to play in the 2013 Casino Del Sol College All-Star Game. Crist transferred to Kansas after last season, rejoining former Fighting Irish head coach Charlie Weis, who was beginning his first year with the Jayhawks. He started for Kansas early in the season but gave way to redshirt freshman Michael Cummings in the second half of the season as Weis went with a youth movement.

Crist (6-4, 235) completed 103 of 216 passes for 1,313 yards, with four touchdowns and nine interceptions, for a Kansas team that was one of the worst in major college football, finishing 1-11. He started the first nine games of the 2010 season for Notre Dame before suffering a ruptured patella tendon. He played sparingly in 2011 before transferring as a graduate student.

Crist, from Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, Calif., was one of the nation's most touted quarterback prospects in the 2008 class. The Casino Del Sol College All-Star Game will be played Jan. 11 at Kino Stadium, beginning at 7 p.m. Former Arizona Wildcats head coach Dick Tomey will serve as one of the head coaches. - Anthony Gimino, The Tucson Citizen

11/18/2012 - QB Dayne Crist, who was reduced to second-team status during Big 12 play, was used much more extensively against Iowa State after Kansas was thrust into obvious passing situations because of the margin.

10/25/2012 - Two months ago Kansas QB Dayne Crist was a darkhorse Heisman candidate, listed as an 85-to-1 pick by PredictionMachine.com. On Tuesday, Crist became KU's backup quarterback. Coach Charlie Weis announced that redshirt freshman Michael Cummings will start on Saturday against Texas. This isn't exactly earth-shattering news as Cummings also started against Oklahoma, however, Weis listed Cummings or Crist as the starter going into the OU game. Crist did see some time on the field against the Sooners, completing 3 of 6 passes for 13 yards. Weis said there would be no "or" on the depth chart this week. The move signifies that Weis is ready to move on from Crist and is already looking past this year. Some would say he started thinking about next year two weeks ago when he held a practice without the seniors. But moving on from Crist is not the easiest move for Weis, who recruited Crist to Notre Dame. He convinced Crist to choose Kansas over Wisconsin last winter when Crist could have played the same role for Wisconsin as Russell Wilson last year. "He's just a high-character guy," Weis told the Sporting News in February. "I'm not talking about football, because he has all the tools to play on Sunday for a long time. I'm talking about the entire package. This is a pretty brassy move that's he's making coming here. He could have gone where it was all set up for him." - C.J. Moore, CBSSports.com

09/11/2012 - BIG 12: PLAYERS WHOSE NFL DRAFT STOCK IS FALLING - WEEK 2: QB Dayne Crist, Kansas: Crist appears in the "stock falling" list for the second straight week and it's beginning to make sense why he never cemented his spot in the Notre Dame lineup. Crist has the arm strength of an NFL quarterback and the measurables -- he's 6-4 -- but Crist lacks the accuracy and feel in the pocket to make it in the NFL. Through two weeks, he has gone 33 of 64 with three interceptions and only two touchdowns. It's not that the Jayhawks have asked Crist to do too much either. He has a running game that's gone for 496 yards through two weeks, which forced Rice to stack the box in the second half on Saturday. Crist was unable to make them pay. - C.J. Moore, CBSSports.com

09/11/2012 - Top 10 Most surprising stats of the early season: 10: Kansas is No. 108 in passing? Charlie Weis is back running a program and he brought a couple of his former Notre Dame players with him to the Big 12. So far, it's been ugly. They did beat South Dakota State, but then the Jayhawks lost at home to Rice. The team is averaging a minuscule 4.89 yards per pass attempt. (Only four other teams have a lower number.) Weis' team has TCU up next and the schedule won't get much easier the rest of the way. A 1-11 season looks very likely. - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com

09/07/2012 - SCOUTING THE OFFENSE: Kansas established the run in its season-opening win and with several talented backs following an experienced line, that figures to something the Jayhawks will emphasize. If the run game prompts opponents to sleep on QB Dayne Crist's arm, then so be it. The graduate transfer showed he can put some zip on the ball, yet was erratic in the South Dakota State win after connecting with WR Kale Pick on a 43-yard bomb to begin the game. Crist should improve with time, especially if he gets adequate protection and attacks with play-action. - The Sports Xchange

09/07/2012 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: Rice at Kansas, Sept. 8 -- The only previous meeting was the Bluebonnet Bowl in 1961, which the Jayhawks won 33-7 in Houston. The home game should provide another successful tune-up before Kansas opens Big 12 play the next week against TCU. Then again, the Jayhawks claimed just four wins the last two seasons against Bowl Subdivision rivals, so no matchup can be considered a lock. The two-game series against Rice will conclude in 2013 when the Jayhawks travel to Houston. KEYS TO THE GAME: Obviously, Rice will get a week to repair shortcomings it detected in a 49-24 loss to UCLA on Aug. 30. Still, remedies may be tough to administer after the Owls allowed 651 total yards, including touchdown runs of 74 and 78 yards in the first half. That output figures to play into the Jayhawks' strengths after they posted a pair of 100-yard rushers in the opener and finished with 263 yards on 48 attempts. Rice showed some offensive capability, too, with 347 total yards. WR Sam McGuffie snagged eight receptions for 63 yards. On special teams, Cameron Nwosu set an FBS record with three blocked PATs. PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Dayne Crist -- After completing fewer than half his attempts (17-of-36) in the season opener and tossing a fourth-quarter interception, Crist needs to improve his aim and also develop more rapport with his receivers. Most of them were getting open against South Dakota State. - The Sports Xchange

09/04/2012 - BIG 12: PLAYERS WHOSE NFL DRAFT STOCK IS FALLING: Dayne Crist, Kansas: Crist was one of the top-rated quarterbacks coming out of high school when he signed with Charlie Weis to play at Notre Dame. After a couple up-and-down years at Notre Dame, he is finally getting his chance to play in Weis' pro-style offense at Kansas. Crist's debut was underwhelming, completing 17 of 36 passes for 169 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Crist showed a big arm and flashes of why he fits the mold as a pro-style QB, but he'll have to put up better production and improve his accuracy to get a chance at the next level. "Waiting a full calendar year to get back was something that's been exciting," Crist said. "But at the end of the day, [I] tried to do too much." - C.J. Moore, CBSSports.com

09/01/2012 - Tony Pierson rushed for two touchdowns, Dayne Crist connected with former Notre Dame teammate Mike Ragone on a short touchdown pass, and Kansas launched the Charlie Weis era Saturday night with a 31-17 victory over South Dakota State. Weis, a winner of three Super Bowls as a key assistant coach at New England and former head coach at Notre Dame, brings his considerable prestige to a program that won just five games the previous two seasons and ranked dead last in defense among major colleges last year. His first game started with a jolt. Zach Zenner gave the Jackrabbits a 7-0 lead with a school-record 99-yard run. Crist, who was recruited to Notre Dame by Weis and played for him until Weis was fired in 2009, was 17 for 36 for 169 yards. Pierson rushed for 124 yards and scored on runs of 3 and 47 yards. The Jayhawks held a 24-7 lead with 5:29 left in the third after Crist tossed a 2-yard TD pass to tight end Ragone. But the Jackrabbits scored 10 straight points in the fourth quarter on Austin Sumner's 22-yard scoring pass to Tyler Kool and Justin Syrovatka's 25-yard field goal. - AP Sports

07/09/2012 - Top-five Kansas prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 5. QB Dayne Crist (6-4, 235)...Once considered the heir apparent to Jimmy Clausen as the quarterback at Notre Dame, Crist struggled to stay on the field during his tenure in South Bend and decided to transfer to Kansas under Weis, his former head coach for the Irish. He took advantage of a NCAA rule that allows graduate students to transfer and play immediately at a new program. 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. Crist looks the part and has the arm strength to play at the next level, but tries to be too perfect with his throws, forcing him to think too much in the pocket. He needs to refine his accuracy and show better consistency as a passer, but above all, Crist needs to prove to NFL clubs that he has the confidence needed for the position. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

05/22/2012 - Five transfers to watch in 2012: Kansas QB Dayne Crist: After an up-and-down career at Notre Dame which saw him suffer two serious knee injuries, Crist chose to transfer to Kansas and play for his former coach, Charlie Weis. Weis recruited Crist to come play in South Bend so it only makes sense that he would want to continue his career with the first-year coach. In 2010, Crist had his best season at Notre Dame, completing 59 percent of his passes for 2,033 yards and 15 touchdowns. He led the team to a 4-4 record before rupturing his left patella tendon against Tulsa, ending his season. After starter Jordan Webb announced his transfer from Kansas, Crist was named starter by Weis and voted team captain by his Jayhawks teammates. His knowledge of Weis and his offense should come in handy for a two-win team looking to rebuild for the future. - Matt Murschel, The Orlando Sentinel

 
 
LATEST NEWS
04/08/2013 - Patriots work out three Jayhawks following Kansas' pro day...Dayne Crist, QB (6-4 3/8, 239) - Crist ran the 40 in 4.94 seconds with the wind and 5.00 seconds against the wind. He had a 29-inch vertical jump and an 8-foot-11 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.46 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.48 seconds. He also had 15 strength lifts on the bench press. They said Crist - who transferred to Kansas after three seasons at Notre Dame - looked pretty good in the workout. Kansas head coach Charlie Weis - who coached Crist in South Bend, Ind. - thinks very highly of the quarterback. Three days after the pro day, the New England Patriots came into Lawrence and worked out Crist, McDougal and Opurum. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com

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