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Report: Former ND QB Dayne Crist eyeing Wisconsin

Posted on: December 8, 2011 12:10 pm
Edited on: December 8, 2011 12:12 pm
Posted by Chip Patterson

Former Notre Dame quarterback Dayne Crist was recently granted a release from his scholarship in South Bend, and the highly-touted high school star is reportedly considering Wisconsin for his final year of eligibility.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, citing sources familiar with both Notre Dame and Wisconsin, report " Crist is high on Wisconsin." The former Irish signal-caller is set to graduate from Notre Dame later this month, making him eligible for the "free agent"-style transfer recently exhibited by current Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson. For Crist to use his final year of eligibility at an FBS school in 2012, he would need to enroll in a graduate program not offered at Notre Dame.

Crist won a quarterback battle with Tommy Rees before the start of the 2011 season, but was benched after Notre Dame's 23-20 loss to South Florida in the first week of the season. Over the course of the season he eventually dropped to No. 3 on the Irish depth chart behind sophomore Andrew Hendrix, and his decision to leave came as no surprise to most.

Wilson's success in Paul Chyst's pro-style offense has been well publicized throughout the season. While head coach Bret Bielema cannot comment on potential transfers due to NCAA rules, he has acknowledged that there has been a heightened interest in transferring to Madison.

“Because of the success of Russell Wilson,” Bielema said, “I’ve been contacted by almost 10 players who want to talk about the opportunity to transfer in to the University of Wisconsin.”

Jon Budmayr, the starting quarterback at the end of Wisconsin's spring practice in 2011, fell from the quarterback race in the fall with nerve problems in his right elbow. Redshirt freshman Joe Brennan and freshman Joel Stave are both prepared to compete for the starting job after Wilson's departure. When healthy, Crist threw for over 2,000 yards and completed 59.2 percent of his passes over nine games in 2010. But even that season was ended when he suffered a torn patella tendon in his right knee, the second season ending injury in the same knee.

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Since: Sep 23, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 11:12 am

Report: Former ND QB Dayne Crist eyeing Wisconsin

They must be paying more in Madison than in Columbus.

Since: Feb 27, 2011
Posted on: December 9, 2011 10:59 am

Report: Former ND QB Dayne Crist eyeing Wisconsin

As a ND fan, and not in the "behind the scenes" dealing there, one can't help but wonder did BK spend enough time with this kid or was Tommie Rees his guy from the start?

I agree with the poster below who said it perfectly- ND fans should wish him the best. That kid has an amazing arm. I posted before the first game when Crist won the job it was head vs. skill. Tommie Rees has the better head and Dayne Crist has the better skill set. The one thing I noticed was, Crist's leash was awfully short, Rees' leash was awfully long. There some horrile throws and turnovers from Tommie Rees. Not to mention, his out pattern to the sideline looks like a rainbow jump shot from Robert Parrish. Tommie Rees has no zip on his passes.

Dayne, I wish you the best of luck. I think there is time to really get things together and make a huge run.     

Since: Oct 31, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 8:58 am
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Since: Nov 8, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 2:55 pm

Report: Former ND QB Dayne Crist eyeing Wisconsin

Crist can always go for a coaching the very least he is building a coaching resume by extending his playing time.  Why not shoot for a one year expose' of his skill set and see what happens.  Give the kid some credit: he was a class act his entire time at ND and can not be faulted for advancing his own best interests.  Any ND fan critical of Crist's move fails to look at this through his eyes. 

Since: Oct 25, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2011 2:23 pm

Report: Former ND QB Dayne Crist eyeing Wisconsin

Unless Bart Houston is utterly incapable (he's the #4-ranked QB prospect in the country, by the way) of handling the Wisconsin offense, this only makes sense if they're signing him as a backup.  Crist has had 4 years to make it at Notre Dame and hasn't.  And this he-could-make-it-at-the-NFL-level talk I'm hearing is laughable.  No one who has

a.  seen Crist in action and

b.  a realistic idea of just how fast and how tough the NFL game is

could possibly give Crist any chance for an NFL career.  He's a nice kid who should have stayed at Notre Dame and gone for an entry-level job on the coaching staff.

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