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Wisconsin Football: 5 Reasons Dayne Crist Should Be a Badger

Sean LansingContributor IOctober 10, 2016

Wisconsin Football: 5 Reasons Dayne Crist Should Be a Badger

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    With former Notre Dame quarterback Dayne Crist expected to choose between Wisconsin and Kansas before the new year, folks in Madison are asking if the move makes sense for the Badgers. 

    UW is one for two when it comes to landing free agent quarterbacks—Russell Wilson was a hit, Allan Evridge was not. 

    So the jury is out on the possibility of Crist lining up under center for Bucky next season. 

    Here are five reasons why Wisconsin should take a chance on another high-profile transfer at the quarterback position. 

Russell Wilson

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    Whereas the Evridge experiment left a bad taste in Wisconsin fans' mouths, Russell Wilson could not have turned out better for the Badgers. 

    Wilson has been everything Wisconsin expected, and then some. 

    It's unrealistic to assume that Crist will put up the numbers Wilson has if he plays in Madison next year, but it's worth a shot. 

Experience

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    Crist never lived up to expectations at Notre Dame, but he did log a lot of playing time before this season. 

    Last year he was the starter, and in 2009 he saw a handful of snaps as a freshman. 

    No quarterback on the Badgers' roster can come close to that amount of experience. 

Depth

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    Anybody who witnessed Wisconsin's annual spring game this season knows that, without Wilson, the Badgers would have been in trouble this year. 

    With Wilson and backup Nate Tice leaving, Wisconsin is going to have four inexperienced quarterbacks on the roster. 

    If nothing else, Crist will provide depth for an unseasoned unit. 

It Costs Nothing

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    In professional sports, big name free agents cost millions. 

    In college, signing a high-profile athlete costs nothing more than a scholarship that's going to be filled anyways. 

    If Crist is a bust, he's a bust and that's it.  There will be no huge contract to worry about. 

Nothing to Lose

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    If the Badgers bring Crist in and he succeeds, great. 

    If he doesn't, no big deal. 

    Like any other quarterback, Crist is perfectly capable of standing on the sideline and holding a clipboard should he falter.  

    He is worth a shot because the Badgers have absolutely nothing to lose by signing him. 

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