One of those transfers was former Notre Dame man Dayne Crist. Crist was the opening day starter for the Fighting Irish last season, but he lost the starting job after some poor play in the beginning of the season.
In 2010, he was the starting quarterback for the Irish for the first nine games before he was injured with a ruptured patella tendon. Almost one year earlier he tore his ACL, which ended his freshman season in 2009. He was a redshirt in 2008, when Charlie Weis was the coach.
Being a Weis recruit is the main reason he chose to come to Kansas, coupled with the lack of playing time he would have received in his senior year at Notre Dame.
The two injuries are cause for concern. Two major injuries in two years might send up a red flag that he is injury prone, but his experience with the big-name program should offset that.
In 2010 he passed for more than 2000 yards and 15 touchdowns—all in under nine weeks. He has a career quarterback rating of 117.3 in three limited seasons.
If Crist can stay healthy, he is going to be the starter. If he can avoid the meltdown he had in 2011, he is going to be a very good quarterback for the Jayhawks.
Prediction: 2,508 yards, 19 TDs, 7 interceptions, 120.5 QB rating.
I realize those would be career-high stats, but I'm operating under the assumption that he is healthy and plays the entire season.