Saturday, January 12, 2013

Former KU quarterback Dayne Crist helps lead West all stars to easy victory

Kansas’ Dayne Crist (10) makes adjustments at the line of scrimmage during Kansas’ game against Rice Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, at Memorial Stadium.

Kansas’ Dayne Crist (10) makes adjustments at the line of scrimmage during Kansas’ game against Rice Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, at Memorial Stadium.


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.


HAWKTOPIA 1 year, 3 months ago

I heard the Jets are calling!


Reuben_J_Cogburn 1 year, 3 months ago

Above average person...below average quarterback.

Wish it weren't the case, but the truth hurts sometimes.


Terry N Tom Denner 1 year, 3 months ago

Glad you got to show some of your talent Crist. Good luck in the future.


Jayhawks1985 1 year, 3 months ago

He should of transferred somewhere after Weiss left. He might have been given a chance to play and develop his skills instead of sitting on the bench.


Michael Sillman 1 year, 3 months ago

As someone who did it, I am well aware of the sacrifices that Dayne Crist made to be a student athlete at KU. I wish him nothing but good luck in pursuing his dream of playing at the next level.

One has to question the motivation and loyalty of KU fans who continue to attack Crist and seem to bear him ill will simply because his efforts did not translate to wins.


bigtoe 1 year, 3 months ago

Nice guy, but not chance for the NFL - he was unbelievably bad at KU. I'll bet game film shows he overthrew his recievers by at least 4 feet in four, if not all, of his incompletions.

These invitations to "all-star" games no one has ever heard of are simply the result of Weis using friendships and contacts from his NFL days.

The good thing about it is that potential recruits can plainly see that coach Weis will bend over backwards to get a player a shot at the NFL, if he has the physical tools, is a hard worker and a true team player.

I'm sure all these fairly talented JUCO guys, with NFL hopes, who just signed with KU are feeling even better about their decisions after seeing Weis get Crist invited to two all-star games.


Patrick Leiker 1 year, 3 months ago

Glad Dayne had a chance to play and did well. Although things didn't go well for him this year, he represented the University well and was still the best option we had at QB for most of the year this year. Our oline wasn't bad, but the right side took a long time to come together. Early in the season, Dayne had guys in his face from the right side immediately after the snap.


Ralster Jayhawk 1 year, 3 months ago

BOTTOM LINE: Surround Crist with WRs who were "worthy" of being at an all-star game, and Dayne Crist with little chemistry time drives them down the field and threw a NICE TD. What does that tell you? Our O-line run-blocked more consistently than pass blocked. Occasionally KU QBs had time, but most of the time were rushed. Against KSU, once Pierson out (no dump offs), Crist had zero time to pass downfield. 1 Defensive missed play cost KU 2 games (OState, TX), and possibly the Rice game, last sec FG. WR drops were critical drive-killers. Dayne's poor throws account for 1 or 2 losses as the sole reason. What about having NO FG kicking game? How many L's can we blame on kicking woes/special teams? What kind of pressure did that put on KU's C-grade offense? Notice Cummings several games were NO better, Zero wins. If you SORE LOSERS want to bash your own Jayhawks, at least be fair about it. Our 2nd string WRs couldnt even act like they had done it before, because they hadnt.


Jim Stauffer 1 year, 3 months ago

I don't know hwat the missing link was be we fans better hope it was Crist and Cummings because our offensive line will be about equal next year, while hopefully the WR's will improve some. That leaves Heaps to be the missing link in a truly productive offense.


John Mueller 1 year, 3 months ago

I saw him a few weeks ago at AFH. He was walking with an odd gait. I think his knees are shot.

I will be watching my beloved Texans today and it seems to be that Crist has about the same mobility as Matt Schaub. Not good.

Of course Peyton Manning makes it work, oops!

U need some mobility to play the position and he had none, zero. And, frankly while he may have a rocket, it turns out accuracy is also required.

Seems like a good kid, and of course we will root for him, just like we will route for the kid in science lab who may discover a new compound that shines a positive light on KU, but tha doesn't mean we want to watch him play football...

All this comment on a football story in the middle of January tells me one thing...

If you build it, they will come.

Please give us some football players next season Coach Weiss...

We're hungry!!!


Bob Forer 1 year, 3 months ago

Dayne choose us at a time when we were on the ropes. He gave it his best shot, and was a great team leader and represented our school well. Things didn't work out on the field as we would have liked, but that does not mitigate the fact that he was and always will be a Jayhawk,

And Jayhawks shouldn't eat their own. Show him a little respect.


ahpersecoachingexperience 1 year, 3 months ago

Can't wait to see Gruden break down Crist on those pre draft espn specials


Matt Gauntt 1 year, 3 months ago

Kind of surprising to hear he was in an all-star game. That said - I wish him all the success possible. He took a huge chance on coming to KU in the first place. As others have said, he did nothing off the field to bring any disrespect to KU.

Thanks for being a part of our University.


ahpersecoachingexperience 1 year, 3 months ago

6-12 for 62 yards. I'm sure nfl scouts are drooling!


CrimsonPhoenix 1 year, 3 months ago

Dayne could easily be a backup QB or practice squad QB for several NFL teams. Just couldn't quite put it together at KU with the pieces around him.


swunruhawk 1 year, 3 months ago

Thanks for the update on Dayne. Hope he continues to succeed.


rockchalknation 1 year, 3 months ago

Go Dayne!! This guy has all the tools necessary to be successful in the NFL - physical, mental, leadership qualities, and lots of perseverance. I watched him last spring, at some of the early August practices, and was at all the home games last fall. He can make all the throws. In the right system (which all NFL QBs need) with big bodied, fast receivers who run the right route and can catch the ball when it is thrown to them, DC can make it in the NFL. Football is the ultimate team game; you need 11 guys working together all doing their assignment each play. QBs get too much credit when it all works and too much blame when it does not work.

Best of luck to Dayne Crist going forward in his endeavors and thanks for being a Jayhawk!


James Naismith 1 year, 3 months ago

Give the guy a break. He did nothing off the field to shame KU. Apparently his teammates and coaches like him. I hope he succeeds wildly.

There are a lot of senior QB's who did NOT get invited to these all-star games. I bet you we will see him on an NFL team.


Steve Jacob 1 year, 3 months ago

He's got the talent to to being in a camp, and I guess you never know from there.


PsychHawk 1 year, 3 months ago

In what universe is Dayne Crist an All Star? Seriously.


Ashwin Rao 1 year, 3 months ago

Great job, Dayne! Do well at the NFLPA Bowl as well and show the NFL scouts that you would do well if given a good supporting cast!


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