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.


Ashwin Rao 8 years, 8 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!

PsychHawk 8 years, 8 months ago

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

JHawk74 8 years, 8 months ago

Not in your Universe obvouisly. Give him some credit. He tried to come to KU and help turn around a very bad team. He had a very bad offensive line and could not help the team because he was getting sacked all the time. Cummings did not have any success at QB either. He was mobile enough to avoid some of the pressure but was not effective either. We should support him since He is a Jayhawk forever!

texashawk10 8 years, 8 months ago

The OLine was fine, Crist's biggest problems were WR's who dropped quite few of the catchable passes Crist threw and the biggest problem was that Crist was gun shy which led to him making a lot of late throws and hanging on to the ball too long. A big reason why Crist was a good practice player was because he wasn't allowed to be hit so he had the time wait for a receiver to come open. A good comparison for Dayne Crist is David Carr with the Texans. Someone who had all the physical tools to be a great QB, but was mentally damaged which led to being a far below average QB during games.

Michael Leiker 8 years, 8 months ago

You guys must not have been watching the same QB I was who threw over and behind guys all season. KU definitely might have had more of a fighting chance in a few games if Weis' misplaced loyalty hadn't kept getting this guy on the field. No reason to knock him but let's not act like he did KU any favors.

PsychHawk 8 years, 8 months ago

I'm sure he's a great guy and I appreciate the effort on his part. All I'm saying is that he didn't look much like an all star to me.

Ryan Sullivan 8 years, 8 months ago

You're right - he didn't play well at all for KU this year, but might as well wish him all thhe luck in the world. He chose to come to KU for his final year of eligibility, so I just think its best that we all choose to wish him well.

Boouk 8 years, 8 months ago

He was an all star in the spring game and in practice.

Andy Tweedy 8 years, 8 months ago

You're not the only one who felt that way.

TulsaJayhawk 8 years, 8 months ago

Our offensives line protected well and blocked the run well. When the quarterback takes 6 seconds or more go make a decision that is not the lines fault.

Brad Avery 8 years, 8 months ago

Crist did not have a very bad offensive line. You don't run the ball as well as KU did with a bad offensive line, Crist was immobile and had some very bad receivers who couldn't hang on to a football if they were handed one. His mechanics and reads were awful, He threw off his back foot and many of his passes were thrown too high, He was a bad match for KU, But good luck to him anyway.

Savion Havon 8 years, 8 months ago

Great job Dayne opportunity knocks you answer. That being said if we are saying wr play was horrid in the case of Dayne. It's safe to assume same goes for Cummings. I can't wait to see both these young mans futures. After this season in the nfl and last nights game the new pro style qb is mobile Dayne had a few scampers he's not running the zone read but he has decent feet. Cummings be taught by Weiss the wrinkles of the game should pay dividends. We were competitive in games even when Weiss kept the offense vanilla

Lash 8 years, 8 months ago

Weis brought him because he was better tan anybody ay KU at that time.Do we win the first game if he doesn't play. This allowed Cummins to develop. Great job.

Steve Jacob 8 years, 8 months ago

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

parrothead8 8 years, 8 months ago

I hope he succeeds, too, but I will absolutely take your bet. No way he makes the NFL.

Gary Wirsig 8 years, 8 months ago

Wanted to give you a thumbs up until I got to your last sentence.

actorman 8 years, 8 months ago

I'll take that bet too. Much as I hate to bet against a Jayhawk, that would be INCREDIBLY easy money. If you seriously want to bet, message me privately and I'll take it.

rockchalknation 8 years, 8 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!

texashawk10 8 years, 8 months ago

Crist doesn't have the mental tools and that's why he performed so poorly. Something made him gun shy in the pocket (knee injuries most likely) and gun shy QB's don't make the NFL.

actorman 8 years, 8 months ago

Yeah, those stats don't exactly jump out, do they, especially when his team scored 40 points. I'm not sure how he exactly "helped lead" his team when he only threw for 62 yards and one TD.

Stan Unruh 8 years, 8 months ago

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

CrimsonPhoenix 8 years, 8 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.

klineisanazi 8 years, 8 months ago

Being overhyped by everyone including his coach was part of the problem.

ahpersecoachingexperience 8 years, 8 months ago

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

Jack Wilson 8 years, 8 months ago

Ditto that .. somewhere Scott Pioli is thinking he could steal him in the 6th round.

texashawk10 8 years, 8 months ago

Pioli may be thinking that, but he can't do anything about it since he's now unemployed.

Ryan Shelton 8 years, 8 months ago

I hope he does make it, just to spite you.

Matt Gauntt 8 years, 8 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 8 years, 8 months ago

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

Bob Forer 8 years, 8 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.

John Mueller 8 years, 8 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!!!

Jim Stauffer 8 years, 8 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.

Patrick Leiker 8 years, 8 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.

Michael Sillman 8 years, 8 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.

Jayhawks1985 8 years, 8 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.

Terry N Tom Denner 8 years, 8 months ago

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

Reuben_J_Cogburn 8 years, 8 months ago

Above average person...below average quarterback.

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

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