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Monday, August 26, 2013

Ravens sign ex-Jayhawk QB Crist

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Former Kansas University quarterback Dayne Crist has signed with the Baltimore Ravens in response to backup QB Tyrod Taylor suffering concussion symptoms during the fourth quarter of a loss to the Carolina Panthers, the Ravens announced Sunday. Crist is expected to play in Thursday’s exhibition finale against St. Louis, a game in which starters traditionally see little playing time.

Comments

Doug Roberts 1 year, 2 months ago

Really happy for Dayne. I hope he does well.

TheBoHawk 1 year, 2 months ago

I just need to say this... just so I can see it... The statistically worse passer in college football last year...just got signed by an actually NFL team...as a quarterback...not Gatorade hustler....not a cord runner...a quarterback.. Hell, I should be playing.... Seriously. Everyone acts like "Ohhh well, you know, it was our line".... Dayne Crist missed TONS of wide open receivers...frequently

duanep5ku 1 year, 2 months ago

The irony of this would be kind of amazing to me, because of the great KSU- Klein, I mean who does he play for again? Dayne good luck!

BringBackMark 1 year, 2 months ago

I really don't derive any pleasure out of seeing players get to the NFL rather than win games at KU. Everyone knew Klein was not an NFL quarterback. But he was one heck of a college quarterback. There seems to be way too much focus on the NFL with this coaching staff.

I'm anxious for this season to unfold and hopefully see some positive signs of a turnaround. Good luck Dayne, sorry for your misfortune Tyrod.

texashawk10 1 year, 2 months ago

Putting players into the NFL is a good recruiting pitch for KU's recruiting staff.

Chris Bailey 1 year, 2 months ago

I think I'd rather have the on field in college performance than making an NFL roster and floundering in college. By the way did anyone see that the full back Wilson was cut by the chiefs but opurium is listed as #2 onthe depth chart! Wish Gill never would have moved him to defense. Imagine where he'd be without that switch. Probably would have been drafted for sure.

texashawk10 1 year, 2 months ago

The end goal is for KU to win more games, and how do you win more games? You win more games by having more talent, and what's one way KU can get more talent? By putting more players into the NFL.

Chris Bailey 1 year, 2 months ago

I'd argue Crist having talent. He sure failed to show it last year. I'd take Klein any day and his 10 plus wins and heisman finalist finish any day over crists 5 star rating. Yeah it's cool when former players make a living on Sunday's and I get that recruiting is bolstered by that. I think winning games helps as much if not more as recruits wanna play for a winner.

Robert Brown 1 year, 2 months ago

Who's season would you have rather had last year? KU or KSU Who's coach would you rather have? Who's QB would you rather have?

The best QB in KU history never made it to the NFL but his counterpart at KSU is a starter. What is your point. College and NFL are different games

Jonathan Allison 1 year, 2 months ago

I have no clue how Josh Freeman is an NFL starter. I think that he's the worst starting QB in the NFL. I can't believe that Tampa has stuck with him so long.

Matthew Pyle 1 year, 2 months ago

Apparently you haven't watch Blaine Gabbert play.

Jonathan Allison 1 year, 2 months ago

that is correct. and I have no intention to

kranny 1 year, 2 months ago

I'm not a big fan either but he did pass for over 4000 yds and 27 TDs last year.

TheBoHawk 1 year, 2 months ago

two words... Butt Fumble.... Sanchez is worse than Freeman

JayHawkFanToo 1 year, 2 months ago

NFL scouts had projected Freeman to play TE not QB, he is not a great QB but he is much better than former MU tiger and "NFL prototype QB" Blaine Gabbert

Steve Reigle 1 year, 2 months ago

I'd have to rank John Hadl as "the best QB in KU history."

Brett McCabe 1 year, 2 months ago

When I read the comment about Reesing, it made me think: yeah, he might be the best ever. Nolan was great, David Jaynes was great but Hadl may have been the best ever. That would be an interesting comparison.

duanep5ku 1 year, 2 months ago

I don't know if this question was addressed to me or not. But my answer would be hell no! on Klein. Yes I know he was a good player for KSU, That's fine but he was not an option for us last year as he was a KSU player, so that's not a smart question to ask. I mean the who would you take over the other? was that an option. The coach ? also not a good one to compare yet. Charlie at KU one year. I respect Snyder a good coach at KSU yes,but he is not KU, so why would we wan't him?. The winning can flip on a dime and KSU won't even be in the conversation,anymore. Oh, and yes for now you have to hope for the best for our players and any pub could help in recruiting for now. I would rather say yeah we have an NFL possible QB as a coach or Klien? we all know the difference between the NFL and college,but we need to continue to have stuff to use. I also have noticed that KU is winning in recruits VS KSU recently. So why would we wan't that coach?

I would not wan't Klein,because he was at KSU. Yes I know he had a better year but he was not a Ku guy

BringBackMark 1 year, 2 months ago

Don't be deceived by the supposed "winning in recruits VS KSU". Snyder's classes have never stacked up on paper. Especially against the Texas and Oklahoma schools. Know what? It hasn't mattered. Why? Because he evaluates and finds talent that he knows he can develop and coach. I don't think he even knows how many stars a recruit has by his name, nor does he care.

Apparently having read many comments on this site, there are a number of fans that are perfectly fine with losing games as long as we can have transfer quarterbacks come through here and make it to the NFL. I guess if you're an NFL fan that might be fun. Personally, I enjoy seeing KU win games.

actorman 1 year, 2 months ago

I'm glad for him, but I'm mystified as to why any NFL team would want to go near him. Did anybody from the Ravens actually watch any of his games last year??? I know he has athletic ability, but if he couldn't even play halfway decently against college competition, why would any NFL team think that there was even the remotest chance he could compete against NFL talent?

Jonathan Allison 1 year, 2 months ago

I get where you're coming from, because Dayne was really, really bad last year. But if I'm an NFL GM and I need to sign somebody for a #2 or #3 QB job NOW, knowing that he should never see anything but mop-up minutes behind my big money, super bowl MVP star QB, then I may be willing to take a risk on a guy who looks like an all-pro pocket passer, has the football IQ of a college QB coach, and was formerly known for excellent arm strength and accuracy.

John Myers 1 year, 2 months ago

I'd guess the Ravens OL and receivers are a little better than ours were last year, too.

Micky Baker 1 year, 2 months ago

So is their offensive line, and their defensive line, and their CBs, etc.

texashawk10 1 year, 2 months ago

Teams don't have to be down to the final 53 man roster until after the 4th preseason game and the Ravens needed an arm for the final preseason game because their current 3rd stringer got hurt. Crist is nothing but an arm for the game and the Ravens chose him because Crist was in Ravens camp earlier this summer so he's familiar with their playbook.

Jack Jones 1 year, 2 months ago

It would seem that the Ravens would make their evaluation/decision on the basis of current information and observation; rather than watching film of last year's college performance. Given their current QB situation, obviously he was evaluated as having enough potential value to give him the opportunity. I'm happy for him to have the chance.

Jason Keller 1 year, 2 months ago

Let the hate begin. People, Dayne is a pocket quarterback. There was no pocket last year. KU needed a Todd Reesing, not a Dayne Crist.

kranny 1 year, 2 months ago

I agree also. Matt Cassell(although not great either) was a backup in college and went on to the pros. Sometimes playing with NFL talent brings out the NFL talent.

JayHawkFanToo 1 year, 2 months ago

Spot on Kellerman, and this is why HC Weis went with Cummings, a scrambler, but not even close to Reesing in other areas. KU's offense was one dimensional and predictable and with no kicking game to boot (pardon the pun), it was easy to defend.

Chris Bailey 1 year, 2 months ago

I agree with you. But I'd still rather have a QB like Reesing or Klein than Crist with the record to go with it. Yes it helps recruiting to put people in tge NFL. It may help too and Weis may get credit for Crist being drafted. I'd still take the on field success over placing guys in the NFL.

TheBoHawk 1 year, 2 months ago

He wasn't drafted. God, if somebody would have actually wasted a pick on him... I still cannot believe this guy signed with a team in the NFL.... let alone the World Champs... I'd rather have a guy like Reesing or Klein in the NFL.... Weis has got some kind of pull.

Chris Bailey 1 year, 2 months ago

Yeah I knew that. My bad. You're right. I'm shocked he even got a shot with an NFL team.

Mick Allen 1 year, 2 months ago

Does Weis then get "credit" for the abysmal way Crist played last year? Can he recognize talent and just can't coach it up?

TheBoHawk 1 year, 2 months ago

Seriously?!!? This is everyones opinion?? Everyone acts like Ohhhh... it was our line.... Dayne Crist missed TONS of wide open receivers...frequently. You simply do not become the worst passer out of 117 QB's by your Offensive Line alone...some of you people are rather delusional, I'm afraid. I mean damn, 2 or 3 of those "bad O linemen/blockers" got invites to NFL camps

duanep5ku 1 year, 2 months ago

Kellerman411 add me to the agree with you column too.

TheBoHawk 1 year, 2 months ago

This is one of the worst applauded opinions I've ever seen on this board.

Andy Tweedy 1 year, 2 months ago

As a Ravens fan, I can tell you this isn't much in the way of news. Joe Flacco won't play more than a series, Caleb Hanie will get a long run after that and Crist might see a few snaps late. The Ravens have already cut him once, probably will happen again. But the good thing for Crist is that if he performs well, he could get picked up somewhere else as a practice squad QB. Good luck, Dayne.

Brett McCabe 1 year, 2 months ago

I know it's still a long shot but I'd love to see the guy make it. Last year didn't work out but it certainly wasn't all his fault - just like it wasn't Jordan Webb's fault the year before. I respect that he chose Kansas and gave it his best.

mahkmood 1 year, 2 months ago

This is very good news for KU recruiting. If Weis was able to network Crist into an NFL job... I can almost hear it already... [To top QB recruit] "You see that excrement out there on the NFL field. I can guarantee the NFL for you if you sign with us." No intention of offending Crist, but the guy was absolutely terrible at KU (let the numbers speak for themselves... he was even benched by Weis at one point). Crist, I sincerely wish you the best, maybe this could turn into a movie "Rudy 2".

vd 1 year, 2 months ago

So we should get a bunch of crappy college QBs. Keep recruiting the others rejects, cause you might get a shot in the NFL.

Steve Reigle 1 year, 2 months ago

I'm also happy for Dayne Crist. He was a good ambassador for KU and he tried hard. I still think a lot of his "problem," besides battling old injuries at the time, was that he had nobody to throw to that he could count on being where they were supposed to be at the time they were supposed to be there. How can you have confidence and how can you perform well in that situation? After all, not one wide receiver caught a touchdown pass last season. I think the Ravens signing him just underscores that situation. They obviously see his potential. I hope he does well.

John Myers 1 year, 2 months ago

Amen to that. His chin was up the whole time, even as the season turned out so far from what I think everyone, and mostly importantly he even expected it would. Top class guy all the way, and I wish him the absolute best.

Steve Reigle 1 year, 2 months ago

And even when sitting on the bench the last half of the season he still was up there rooting the team on and doing all he could to help. Class act.

mikehawk 1 year, 2 months ago

If Dayne Crist can play in the NFL, something ain't right in River City by the Kaw. I don't know what "it" is. Let's hope Jake Heaps makes us all forget about the hype of last year's QB paired with the performance on the field. We desperately need, and The Old Ball Coach needs, a QB to be successful at KU.

JayHawkFanToo 1 year, 2 months ago

As many have mentioned, Crist is a pocket passer and last year KU did not have the Offensive line or the receivers to complement his skill set. Cummings is a scrambler and his game was more suited to the available personnel at the time. The offensive line has improved and the receiving corps is night and day compared to last year; Heaps has decent chance to succeed.

vd 1 year, 2 months ago

We lose 3 starters on the O line and it has improved?? Really??

Andy Tweedy 1 year, 2 months ago

I thought the o-line was decent last year overall, but let's say FanToo is right about them not being so hot. If your line isn't good, is it really that bad of a problem to lose three starters? I guess we'll all know in about a month!

clevelandjayhawker 1 year, 2 months ago

I think the left side was strong and the right side wasnt...hard to do much with half a line. Although running to the left/up the middle worked a lot.

Ron Prichard 1 year, 2 months ago

I think the line was pretty good at run blocking but I think they were definitely sub par at pass blocking. I do think the O line will be improved this year, but I also think that will be our biggest question mark on offense, and maybe the entire team.

John Randall 1 year, 2 months ago

""We lose 3 starters on the O line and it has improved?? Really??""

Really – or at least very likely. Talent at least as good, experience lacking (at least early season) but better depth, top notch OL coach into second season; yes, I can definitely see a first step toward that infinitely remote place called "excellent line play."

Matthew Pyle 1 year, 2 months ago

Crist missed wide open guys time and time again. Pocket passer or not, he was awful-- blaming the line and receivers does the team a terrible disservice.

JayHawkFanToo 1 year, 2 months ago

vd,

Are you actually worried about losing 3 starters from a team that went 1-11? I am not. In the short conversation I had with Heaps and a longer talk with Cozart (my daughter went to the same HS, Miege) after the scrimmage, they both indicated the OL is much improved. I also read the daily practice reports and the coaches comments and they all indicate that this OL is better than last year's.

pyl16349,

If you are going to count the balls missed, you should also count the balls dropped; there is a reason why the WRs did not catch a single TD pass last season. I am not saying that Crist had a good year, I am just saying that not having the right support personnel made it unlikely for Crist to succeed...wouldn't you agree?

vd 1 year, 2 months ago

Somewhat worried. The reasons are that the O line is the place where the older the better. Not because of talent, but body size. Usually by their 3rd or 4th yr. they are full grown men. Losing 3 is a concern. I really like the one response above fron Cleveland. The left side of the line was strong, the right side weak. The left side is the side we lost.

texashawk10 1 year, 2 months ago

And the right side is now a year older and more physically developed and has been moved over to the left side.

Bryce Landon 1 year, 2 months ago

Charlie Weis must have done just as good of a sell job to the Ravens on Crist as he did for us KU fans.

Brett McCabe 1 year, 2 months ago

Yes, Super Bowl Champion coaches have a common weakness for being "talked into" playing players by college coaches from 1-11 programs.

No question that idiot in Baltimore got duped on this one!

Mick Allen 1 year, 2 months ago

This is the only plausible explanation for his remaining on the Raven roster.

Pbbut 1 year, 2 months ago

Whatever Crist's future holds, in football or outside, this can only help. If he makes an active roster it never hurts to have that in your resumé. Plus it's the same way at the pro level as it is in college, coaches maintain rosters that give them the best chance to win. It's no favor to anyone if Crist makes a roster. Harbaugh would suit up Chelsea's nugget, Chuy, if it would help him win.

KGphoto 1 year, 2 months ago

In other news...

-Opurum beats out Braden Wilson for the Chief’s 2nd string FB. Bye, Braden.

-McDougald also makes the cut. Dude’s been a wrecking ball in preseason.

vd 1 year, 2 months ago

Tried to focus on Tobem the other night. Didn't think he'd make the first cut. He must have impressed on special teams. Great news.

Brett McCabe 1 year, 2 months ago

Wilson was the 3rd-ranked FB prospect in the draft - and is as big as a horse. Toben's flexibility may land him a spot - at least on the practice squad.

Brett McCabe 1 year, 2 months ago

I'm almost afraid to post this because I don't want to jinx him but Toben is listed on the 2-deep with the Chiefs at FB. I don't know if they would keep two FB's but Toben must really be bringing it.

Jonathan Allison 1 year, 2 months ago

Have they been working him out at LB, too?

clevelandjayhawker 1 year, 2 months ago

Special teams will help them make the cut I think/hope. Was Toben apart of those kickoff returns? I always try to keep an eye out for #44 but its tough to see who is out there and who isnt.

Matthew Pyle 1 year, 2 months ago

This is absurd. The guy couldn't hit wide open college receivers and somehow he is cut out for the pros? What a joke.

KGphoto 1 year, 2 months ago

NFL owners never joke about money, and one just paid Dayne plenty.

texashawk10 1 year, 2 months ago

Guaranteed Crist signed for the minimum and will be cut after this game. He is an arm because Tyrod Taylor got hurt and the Ravens needed someone to play the second half and Crist is familiar with their playbook because he was in their training camp.

KGphoto 1 year, 2 months ago

Yes, but the point is he was in the camp to begin with. This wasn't a personal favor to Weis. The Ravens are taking a look.

JayHawkFanToo 1 year, 2 months ago

He hit WRs plenty, unfortunately they could not hold on to the ball.

Brad Farha 1 year, 2 months ago

I dig it, and I'm glad for Dayne! I just set my DVR to record the Ravens/Rams game!

Jonathan Allison 1 year, 2 months ago

don't forget that his top pass catching back was out several weeks with a banged up elbow.

Micky Baker 1 year, 2 months ago

Even when they came back, they didn't play well. They didn't get open and weren't making sharp breaks. It was like they knew they were the best here then, but... this year is a little different.

McKay, Ford, Turzilli, Pierson(F). Rodriquez Coleman and Mark Thomas.

Of course, this is the same across the board in every position, including at Running Back if Sims can be pushed by Cox or the kid returning from Butler County. QB, I think Heaps is the hands down best on the roster, until this time next year. Then he could be pressed by a couple that are here or Weard.

The depth on Defense is what I'm most excited about, though. It seems that even the best player Kansas has recruited in some time is number 2 on the 2 deep which says a lot about Holsopple's strength and conditioning program.

I really can't wait to see how much faster, quicker, and stronger these players are.

The high school where I graduated often puts players on the field that look small, but they've been to the playoffs every year but two since 1993 including two state runner ups in Class 4A, one against Holton and one against Fort Scott. They're faster, quicker, and stronger(lb. for lb.) than their opponents most of the time. Kansas doesn't have the small guys, but they are more fit than even the players of 2007, and I don't think it's just by a little. If they do the little things right... they have a chance to be pretty decent this year, better than 6 wins and then in 2014, they could shock the nation.

Brett McCabe 1 year, 2 months ago

Why, exactly, would someone run to save mom's wedding dress? Can't her "Okie Cousin" (also known as her groom) just get her a new pair of overalls?

Micky Baker 1 year, 2 months ago

The Crist haters come out again. It isn't that I'm surprised, except that they are dwelling on it and are supposed to be adults now.

ParisHawk 1 year, 2 months ago

Agree, but I've read some Xavier Henry remarks of yours that I thought were bashing. Granted, that was a few years ago and you've been kinder to him since (though not to his family ;) )

Andy Tweedy 1 year, 2 months ago

I agree in almost all instances that bashing 18-22 year old amateur athletes is pretty lame. We've all had bad days at work, in class, wherever, but we didn't have the misfortune to have them on national TV or in front of 35,000 fans. They're trying (many of them are REALLY trying), and isn't that really all we can ask?

kay_you 1 year, 2 months ago

Spent 4 years at Notre Dame and even received his degree there yet in the column that list his college it says Kansas. Sweet. Good luck Dayne.

Mark Lindrud 1 year, 2 months ago

Cristin was not the reason for our failures last year. There was a multitude of issues that doomed the season. It's over, and the talent has been upgraded so lets focus on that. Last I checked we hope for the success of our alum, whether we liked them or not. Crist may have been a disappointment, but he tried.

We've had players we didn't expect much from, but they ended up being stars and vice versa. If you want to be consistently negative and troll, please find something better to do or change your attitude. This year we have a new season with new opportunities for hope and success.

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