Former ND, Kansas QB Dayne Crist Takes Home MVP Honors In NFLPA Game

The movie title “A Series of Unfortunate Events” is a good way to describe the college football career of Dayne Crist.  When given the opportunity to start under center for Notre Dame, the QB tore his ACL his sophomore year, ruptured his left patella tendon his junior year, delivered some extremely costly turnovers his senior year, and ultimately played out his fifth-year of eligibility at Kansas, a train wreck of a football program.  Although Crist has encountered hardships year-after-year, his performance on Saturday may have signalled his resurrection as a quarterback.

Crist threw for a touchdown and ran for another as he lead the National team to a 34-0 victory over the American team in the NFLPA collegiate bowl.  Subbing in for Washington State QB Jeff Tuel, Crist completed his first three pass attempts and concluded an 84-yard drive with 1-yard QB sneak for the score.  The next series for the National team, which began in great field position after a bad punt, ended with a 7-yard play action pass from Crist to TE Luke Wilson in the endzone.  After leading his squad to a quick 17-0 halftime lead, Crist (7-10, 61 yds, 1 TD, 1 Rushing TD) took home MVP honors.

Many believed Crist’s football career to be over after finishing last season with the worst QB rating in Division-1A football (116 out of 116) and failing to win a game with the Jayhawks after Labor Day.  However, Saturday’s big-time performance may be the beginning of a solid NFL career for the 6-foot-4, 235-pound pro-style QB.  According to saturdayblitz.com, one can expect Crist’s stock to rise for this April’s NFL draft.  That being said, he is still only ranked the 31st QB available, meaning he will need to build off Saturday’s performance to ensure a spot in the late rounds.


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