Dayne Crist
Personal information
Born: (1989-10-09) October 9, 1989 (age 31)
Sherman Oaks, California
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High school:Notre Dame
(Sherman Oaks, California)
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at

Dayne Lawrence Crist (born October 9, 1989) is an American former football quarterback. He played college football at Notre Dame before transferring to the University of Kansas.

Early years

Crist attended Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, California. As a senior in 2007 he threw for 2,178 yards with 16 touchdowns and one interception in 10 games, also adding 81 rushing attempts for 454 yards and four touchdowns.[1] Crist was rated the third best quarterback and 25th best overall recruit in 2008 according to,[2] and was one of seven quarterbacks named to the Parade All-American team.[1]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Dayne Crist
Sherman Oaks, California Notre Dame High School 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 228 lb (103 kg) 4.66 Apr 20, 2007 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:
   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 84
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 3 (QB)   Rivals: 25, 2 (QB), 4 (CA)  ESPN: 22, 2 (QB)
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


  • "Notre Dame Football Commitment List". Retrieved October 4, 2012.
  • "Notre Dame College Football Recruiting Commits". Retrieved October 4, 2012.
  • "ESPN". Retrieved October 4, 2012.
  • " Team Recruiting Rankings". Retrieved October 4, 2012.
  • "2008 Team Ranking". Retrieved October 4, 2012.

College career

Notre Dame

After not seeing any game action as a freshman in 2008, he completed 10 of 20 passes for 130 yards with a touchdown and interception as backup to Jimmy Clausen during his sophomore season in 2009. During a game against Washington State he tore his ACL and it was announced that he would be out four to six months.[3] Despite the injury he became Notre Dame's starting quarterback in 2010.[4]

Crist had his best football season in his sophomore year at Notre Dame. Crist completed 59.2 percent of his passes in 2010, passing for 2,033 yards, 15 touchdowns and 7 interceptions,[5] before suffering a ruptured left patella tendon against Tulsa, ending his season.[6]

On August 23, 2011, Brian Kelly named him the starting quarterback for the 2011 season, after saying the quarterback contest between Crist and Tommy Rees was "very close." At halftime of the 2011 season opener against the University of South Florida, Brian Kelly benched the ineffective Crist in favor of Rees; the Fighting Irish went on to lose the game, and afterwards Kelly named Rees the new starting quarterback and named Crist the backup.


At the end of the 2011 season, Crist was benched once again and he announced that he was leaving Notre Dame to play for Kansas, reuniting him with former Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis. Crist became immediately eligible since he completed undergraduate requirements.

Crist entered the 2012 season as the starting quarterback. Following a disappointing start to the campaign which had taken the Jayhawks out of bowl contention, Crist had increasingly lost playing time to accommodate redshirt freshman Michael Cummings.

Kansas' 2012 football season ended with a game at West Virginia in which Crist played only a few snaps. Although only winning one game out of twelve, the Jayhawks were extremely competitive throughout the year. They led part of the first half versus Kansas State who at the time was #7 in the nation before being defeated, 56-16 by the 7th ranked Wildcats, the Jayhawks also nearly beat Texas at home who was a top 25 team at the time, and went into overtime and almost beat Texas Tech who was also a top 25 team at the time. The other side of the debate focuses on the Jayhawks failing to win a game after Labor Day stating that a significant reason for the poor season was the play of Crist who finished the season with the worst quarterback rating in NCAA Division 1A (ranked 116th out of 116 qualifying quarterbacks).[7]


Year Team Passing Rushing
Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A TD Int Rtg Att Yds Avg TD
2009 Notre Dame 10 20 50.0 130 6.5 1 1 111.1 5 16 3.2 0
2010 Notre Dame 174 294 59.2 2,033 6.9 15 7 129.3 52 74 1.4 4
2011 Notre Dame 15 24 62.5 164 6.8 0 1 111.6 5 -16 -3.2 0
2012 Kansas 103 216 47.7 1,313 6.1 4 9 96.5 27 -66 -2.4 0
Career 302 554 54.5 3,640 6.6 20 18 115.1 89 8 0.1 4

Professional career

Crist was invited to the Kansas City Chiefs rookie minicamp. He was not offered a contract at the conclusion of the minicamp.[8]

On May 15, 2013, Crist signed with the Baltimore Ravens.[9] On June 4, 2013, he was released by the Ravens.[10]

On August 25, 2013, Crist re-signed with the Ravens as backup cover for Tyrod Taylor, who sustained a concussion in the Ravens' third preseason game.[11] On August 30, 2013, he was waived by the Ravens.[12]


  1. ^ a b "Dayne Crist Bio". UND Athletics. Archived from the original on May 29, 2018 – via
  2. ^ "2008 Prospect Rankings". Yahoo!.
  3. ^ "Dayne Crist Out for the Season". - Notre Dame Football, Basketball, & Recruiting.
  4. ^ "Dayne Crist Ahead of Schedule". - Notre Dame Football, Basketball, & Recruiting.
  5. ^ "Dayne Crist Stats, News, Bio". ESPN.
  6. ^ "Report: ND's Crist suffers season-ending injury". October 30, 2010.
  7. ^ "2012 NCAA Division I-A College Football Individual Statistics Leaders for Passing". Retrieved June 19, 2013.
  8. ^ Thorman, Joel (May 15, 2013). "Dayne Crist gets a job ... but not with the Kansas City Chiefs". Retrieved June 19, 2013.
  9. ^ Wilson, Aaron (May 15, 2013). "Ravens adding undrafted Kansas quarterback Dayne Crist". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved June 19, 2013.
  10. ^ Wilson, Aaron (June 4, 2013). "Ravens add wide receiver Marcus Rivers, cut quarterback Dayne Crist". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved June 19, 2013.
  11. ^ Dodd, Rustin (August 25, 2013). "Former Jayhawks quarterback Dayne Crist signs with Baltimore Ravens". The Kansas City Star. Retrieved August 31, 2013.
  12. ^ Zrebiec, Jeff (August 30, 2013). "Ravens make first batch of cuts ahead of roster deadline". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved August 31, 2013.