Thursday, May 16, 2013

Ravens sign KU’s Dayne Crist


Former Kansas University quarterback Dayne Crist signed a free-agent contract with the Baltimore Ravens on Wednesday. Crist, who attended minicamp over the weekend with the Kansas City Chiefs, will join the Super Bowl champion Ravens immediately for organized team activities (OTAs).

Crist started at quarterback in seven games and played in four others. He completed 103 of 216 passes for 1,313 yards.

Crist is one of nine Jayhawks to get an opportunity with an NFL team this spring.

Tanner Hawkinson was a fifth-round draft pick of the Cincinnati Bengals, while Tunde Bakare (Bears), Greg Brown (Chargers), Trevor Marrongelli (Lions), Bradley McDougald (Chiefs), Toben Opurum (Chiefs), Josh Williams (Bears) and Duane Zlatnik (Jaguars) have attended a minicamp or signed as a free agent.


Ralster Jayhawk 11 months, 1 week ago

I would be curious to read NDame fan's reaction to Crist after his 1st season at NDame, where he had several 300+yd games, and they had a winning record...(prior to the injury train).


troutsee 11 months, 1 week ago

I wish him all the luck in the world, but.....he has not delivered at a level higher than high school. Yes, he has the physical tools but does not have the most important tool, confidence. Having watched him for a year at Kansas, I cannot see him ever playing in the NFL. However, the kid has taken so much fan abuse, he deserves something good to happen in his football life. I hope I am wrong and that he makes it with the Ravens.


lawrenceloser 11 months, 1 week ago

Even if Crist doesn't make it, he could have a nice career in the CFL or one of the many indoor leagues.


Micky Baker 11 months, 1 week ago

There were a lot of inaccurate passes thrown by KU's opponents last year, the difference is that the receivers had the ability to make adjustments and make the catches. There were at least 5 or 6 big plays made by West Virginia against us on inaccurately thrown passes that their receivers caught. Our receivers didn't make those catches that they could have. We know that Patterson was capable of doing it, we saw him do it a few times. Omigie dropped a lot of passes right on the numbers. It occurred with Cummings as well. Since we know it was the same for both QBs, why are we still railing against Crist? We didn't have enough size at receiver and we were not physical. We had the speed, but the other two things were not present.


bjejayhawk69 11 months, 1 week ago

Happy for Crist but he has zero chance sticking. I do agree Weis pulled some strings to get him a contract. He is a body who can throw passes during camp.

I think Crist has a decent arm but for one he had no pocket presence, didn't move well in or out of the pocket. When he ran he couldn't out run D linemen. The things that did him in were the fear of getting hit (possibly from his previous injuries), lack of mobility, inconsistent accuracy and some dropped passes. To think he is suddenly going to pull it all together at a pro level is crazy. The decision making happens in fractions of a second not in 2-3 seconds and if you haven't been able to do it college I don't see how it will happen at the pro level.

For me Crist was the biggest disappointment last year. With the hype coming in at the one position in football that makes the greatest impact (look at the Chiefs woes last year and look how guys like Brady and Manning elevate teams - heck even Klein at KSU) he didn't come close to delivering. Sorry to bag on the guy but even thinking he will thrive in the NFL just isn't happening.


BayPark 11 months, 1 week ago

I knew a guy who knew a guy who was a quarterback through several training camps. It was made clear to him he was only there so QBs 1-3 didn't wear out their arms. That's not to say he didn't wish to prove them wrong or showcase for other teams. I assume this is the case with Crist.


Andy Tweedy 11 months, 1 week ago

The Ravens didn't even carry a third QB last year, I'd imagine his chances to actually make the roster are slim to none. But Ozzie Newsome is the best GM in the business, he must see something that he feels can be developed on the practice squad to even bother with this move.


Fototherapist 11 months, 1 week ago

While I'm happy for Dayne, I can't get this idea out of my head. I have a strong suspicion that Charlie Weis worked his magic and convinced some people in the NFL to give him a chance. That's really the only reason he could ever get a shot on an NFL team, regardless of his build and mechanics. Even in his post-season games he didn't do that great. Certainly not NFL caliber anyway.


Ralster Jayhawk 11 months, 1 week ago

Someone hunt down the coaching roster for the Ravens and see if there is some ex-Patriot guy there from back in the Parcells/Weis/Bledsoe/Brady days...and that's the string that got pulled. Dayne's gotta do something with the opp, though...


Jack Jones 11 months, 1 week ago

I am really pleased to hear of Christ's signing ~ and with the World Champions, no less ~ an organization which obviously doesn't sign just the next guy in line. Cannot wish anything but success for the young man who handled himself with such class and dignity during what had to have been a horribly difficult time for him.

Best wishes for continued good news.


Jayhawker111 11 months, 1 week ago

Joel Thorman, of, wrote that former KU quarterback Dayne Crist was outperformed at the Kansas City Chiefs minicamp by fellow undrafted free agent and former Tennessee QB Tyler Bray.

“Bray was clearly the best quarterback on the field,” Thorman wrote in his minicamp wrap-up. “It wasn’t really close. Dayne Crist was a far second.”


Joe Ross 11 months, 1 week ago

My reaction to the headline of this article?


File this one under the "keepin' it real" category.


iamakufan 11 months, 1 week ago

Good luck to Dayne Crist. He was classy throughout his time at Kansas and deserves an honest shot at professional success. I wish him well.


John Epperson 11 months, 1 week ago

That one throw down the left sideline against Northern Illinois . . . sheesh.


jay381 11 months, 1 week ago

Congratulations and good luck. From everything I have read he is a smart kid. Pro's draft for a variety of reasons. He is going to a great franchise with QB stability and given the type of offense they run he might just surprise everyone. He also has the intelligence to run the opposing teams offense. I think the respect Charlie Weis had for the kid plus the respect Charlie Weis holds among the professional teams speaks volumes about assisting recruiting in the future. You have a coach (well a second one Bill Self does pretty well to say the least) that you know can help you make it to the next level. KU has not had that in football in like forever.


jhawkrulz 11 months, 1 week ago

Look at the QBs in the league right now and you can easily see why Dayne got a "spring training contract", I doubt this is a guaranteed contract.

Tim Tebow was a first round draft pick and can't hit a broad side of a barn with his throws.

EJ Manual just was drafted in the first round and he is a "project".

Chase Daniels and Blaine Gabbert both have contracts and haven't done much (Blaine is even a starter--for how long is still a question).

There are about 2 QBs on every team, that I can't even tell you their names. Dayne actually resembles a Pro QB


jgkojak 11 months, 1 week ago

He needs protection - he is not someone who can scramble -- but put him behind a solid, NFL o-line and he's passable.

Reminds me a little of Cassel - give him New England's O-line and coaching and he wins 11 games. Give him KCs and he wins 2.


John Randall 11 months, 1 week ago

No chances being taken here. No draft pick used, not much but another arm for mini camp passing drills with a slight outside opportunity to spend a year on taxi squad. Some have made it from such inauspicious starts, though the odds are pretty long.


Tony Bandle 11 months, 1 week ago

It's rare but sometimes it happens that an athlete that struggles at a lower level of competition, finds his niche in the pro ranks. [Although, this occurence is much more common in baseball than football, it does occasionally happen].

Let's be realistic teams sign a number of quarterbacks to act as throwing machines during preseason tryouts to save their veterans. And he did play at Notre Dame, always a buzz word for NFL GMs.

All things considerd the best Dayne will do is possibly make the practice squad.....but still, to be invited by the Super Bowl Champs is a real plus in his football resume.

As a fellow Jayhawk, I wish him the very best of luck.


Matt Kenton 11 months, 1 week ago

Just playing devil's advocate here, but is it possible Crist would fare way better in the NFL than in college? The talent level of receivers he is throwing to will obviously be light years ahead of his targets last year.

Watching him play in games, there were times when he started to get into a rhythm and get some momentum going, but after a completion or two he would drill one right on the money and our WR would drop it. Sometimes he would throw it too hard for the short distance or skill of the intended receiver, then the next time he would put less on it and drop it at their feet and start showing frustration. Next thing you know it's third and long and he's throwing across the field into double coverage for a pick 6. Maybe with better receivers and a great O-line he gets into a groove and things start clicking for him. I'm sure teams think they can coach him up and with maturity he could be the next Matt Cassel- no college success, dependable backup who finally sees SOME success as a starter. And maybe that is Weis's sales pitch.

Would I bet on it? No, but just trying to explain why an NFL team would take a chance on him.


nuleafjhawk 11 months, 1 week ago

What a predicament. I'm always pleased when a KU player makes it in the " Big Leagues ", but I am baffled that a team would want someone with a .476 completion percentage and can't scramble anything but eggs.


JBsJAYHAWKS 11 months, 1 week ago

All the best Dayne, we hope you have a long and successful career - and please always remember that you are part of the KU family - Rock Chalk -


Reuben_J_Cogburn 11 months, 1 week ago


Well as baffling as it is, I find it hilarious that Dayne Crist gets an NFL contract, while Colin Klein remains empty-handed.

Divine intervention? I leave it to your discretion.


canuckhawk 11 months, 1 week ago

Gotta believe that this bodes well for Weis recruiting. If he can get a guy an NFL contract with that kind of production, recruits should look at this and, this guy can get me a shot at playing on Sunday.

Now obviously people still see or hope to see the same kind of stuff in Dayne that we were looking for last year. Maybe it is only 10-20% Weis but recruits will notice that Weis brings more than just rings, he brings doors.


Jason Keller 11 months, 1 week ago

Way to go Dayne! Stand tall and keep flashing that arm strength. Show them that you are worth a couple years of investment.


JHWKDW 11 months, 1 week ago

Man good luck and hey you got a invite from the S.B. Champs not too bad!


Hurinfan 11 months, 1 week ago

I'm rooting for him but seriously? How is that possible?


coloradojayhawk 11 months, 1 week ago

I hope he does very well. The more Jayhawks in the League, the better for recruiting and contacts with upcoming potential players. Maybe Crist can bump aside their current QB. I mean, what has he done for them lately?


Doug Cramer 11 months, 1 week ago

Good Luck Dayne. Hope you succeed.


Commenting has been disabled for this item.