After an inconsistent, up and down season for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, reserve quarterback Dayne Crist has decided to leave the program and transfer to another school to pursue another opportunity to play elsewhere. Having been overshadowed by both Tommy Rees and even fellow reserve Andrew Hendrix, Crist's opportunity to redeem himself were very slim at this point in his career.
Having one year of eligibility left, Crist has an opportunity to head to a more quarterback needy school for a chance to start and make an immediate impact. This is very much in comparison to current Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson, who transferred from NC State to Wisconsin and helped lead them to a Big Ten title. What schools does Crist have a chance to go to to make that kind of impact?
One potential landing spot for the departing Crist could be down south with the Texas Longhorns and head coach Mac Brown, whose seat may be getting a little hotter after not having the best of seasons for the Longhorns.
Bringing in Crist would make things interesting for Mac Brown. The Longhorns have been flip flopping on quarterbacks Case McCoy and David Ash, and both have had a very unsteady grasp on the job. While McCoy is a little more refined than Ash, McCoy has little arm strength for what the Longhorns want to do in the downfield passing game.
Crist would definitely have the opportunity to compete here, would be given the chance to win the starting job and would provide a much needed boost to the passing game with his stronger arm compared to the other two quarterbacks on the roster. This is one of the biggest schools that could use a quarterback like Crist.
Another school that will be in need of a quarterback: the Houston Cougars.
After living in luxury with Case Keenum under center for six years, the Cougars will need a quarterback to keep their strong offense going. With uncertainty behind Keenum and after their heart-wrenching loss against Southern Miss, the Cougars will need a quarterback if they want to stay as one of the best in Conference USA. Crist would definitely be an upgrade from the reserves that Houston probably has, and Crist, while he would compete early, would have the biggest chance to play here given his experience against higher competition at Notre Dame.
Crist would be Houston's best opportunity, given the kind of weapons they have, to take them far, even in Crist's last year of eligibility. This is one of the best situations that Crist could possibly have to start, given the loss of long-time starter Case Keenum and the fact that their quarterback situation remains cloudy and uncertain.
An SEC team in desperate need of changes at quarterback is the Florida Gators.
With the departure and disappointing play of John Brantley and questionable returning quarterbacks, the Gators could use a quarterback like Crist for one year to move the program forward in the right direction. Crist has performed better than the Gator reserves have this year after being forced into action early while Brantley was injured. The Florida Gators have sunk low since the departure of Florida great Tim Tebow and need a boost from the position to use their speed to its full potential, which has always been their strength as a football team.
The Gators would never deny a decent quarterback entry, or at least the chance to compete, and at an SEC school like this, Crist could find himself as a starter playing in the Swamp come September.