Keller Chryst
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Chryst at Stanford
Wisconsin Badgers
Position:Graduate Assistant
Personal information
Born:Lake Forest, Illinois
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:234 lb (106 kg)
Career information
High school:Palo Alto (Palo Alto, California)
College:Stanford (2014–2017)
Tennessee (2018)
Career history
As a player:
As a coach:
Career NFL statistics
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Keller Joseph Chryst is an American football quarterback who is a free agent. He played college football at The University of Tennessee and Stanford University.

Early years

Chryst attended Weddington High School in Weddington, North Carolina for his freshman year before transferring to Palo Alto High School in Palo Alto, California.[1] During his career he passed for 7,326 yards and 85 touchdowns. Chryst was considered a four-star recruit and ranked among the top quarterbacks in his class.[2] He committed to Stanford University to play college football.[3][4] He transferred as a graduate to the University of Tennessee.

College career


Keller Chryst went 11-2 as a starter at Stanford. His 11-2 record, an .846 winning percentage is best in school history. Chryst also is second all-time in points per game (37.4) to Andrew Luck (42.5). His touchdown to interception ratio is third all-time behind only Luck and Joe Borchard. He also set a Stanford school record going six consecutive games without an offensive turnover. His 62 yard TD run against Rice in 2016 is the longest run for a touchdown by a Stanford QB.

After red-shirting his first year at Stanford in 2014, Chryst appeared in four games as a backup to Kevin Hogan.[5] As the back up to Kevin Hogan, Chryst completed five of nine passes for 59 yards and a touchdown. That 2015 Stanford team beat Iowa in the Rose Bowl and finished third in the nation in the final polls.

In 2016 Chryst took over for Ryan Burns who went 4-3 as the starter. Chryst won the final six games of the season when the offense averaged 42.5 points and 510 yards per game. After throwing for a touchdown in the first quarter of the Sun Bowl Chryst tore his ACL. He recovered in a remarkable 6 months to start the 2017 season opener vs Rice in Australia. In that game he threw for 253 yards and two touchdowns.

2016 season

Chryst made debut as the starting quarterback on October 29, throwing for 104 yards and two touchdowns against Arizona.[6] On November 12, Chryst threw three touchdowns and 258 yards in a 52–27 rout against Oregon.[7] The next week, he threw two touchdowns and 198 yards as well as running for another score in a 45–31 win over California at the 119th annual Big Game.[8] At the regular-season finale, Chryst threw for two touchdowns and 154 yards against Rice.[9] He also ran for a 62-yard touchdown, the second longest rushing touchdown of the season for the Cardinal, behind a 90-yard touchdown by Christian McCaffrey against California.[9] It is also the longest touchdown run by a quarterback in Stanford history.[10] In his five starts in the regular season, Chryst went 5–0, throwing nine touchdowns and only one interception, including 774 passing yards.

At the 2016 Sun Bowl, Chryst threw a touchdown and left in the second quarter with a knee injury in a 25–23 win over North Carolina.[11]

2017 season

Chryst started for the 2017 regular-season opener, throwing two touchdowns and 253 yards in a 62–7 rout against Rice.[12]

His best game was against Oregon in Palo Alto when he went 15-21 for 181 yards and threw 3 TD in the 49-7 win. The previous season in Eugene he shredded the Ducks, going 19-26 for 258 yards and another 3 TD in that 52-27 victory.

The next game Chryst led a 4th quarter game winning drive against Oregon State in Corvallis. He hit J.J. Arcega-Whiteside on a fade route with :20 seconds left to win the game. Earlier in that drive he hit a clutch 25 yard seam to Kaden Smith on 4th and 10.

He was voted team captain for Stanford in the 2017 season.


After graduating from Stanford in June Chryst joined the University of Tennessee as a graduate transfer. He competed for the Vols starting QB job with Jarrett Guarantano.

Against #1 ranked Alabama, Chryst replaced Guarantano when he was injured in the 2nd quarter. He led the Vols on two consecutive drives that ended in passing touchdowns. His 195.8 QB rating was the best QB performance vs the Crimson Tide in five years.

Having only been on campus since June, he won the 2018 Tennessee MY ALL award and was named team captain.

Professional leagues


Following the 2019 NFL Draft Chryst was invited to both the Indianapolis Colts and Pittsburgh Steelers Rookie Camps. During the 2019 season both the Buffalo Bills and Seattle Seahawks brought him in for tryouts.

The Spring League

Chryst participated in The Spring League's Denver showcase event on July 17, 2020.[13] He was 10-16 for 142 yards and 2 TD in The Spring League showcase game.

Chryst was selected by the Aviators of The Spring League during its player selection draft on October 12, 2020.[14] He remained on the Aviators' roster for the 2021 season.[15]


His father, Geep, was a coach in the National Football League (NFL). His uncle, Paul, is the head coach of the Wisconsin Badgers. His brother, Jackson, is a quarterback at Oregon State.[16]


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  3. ^ Sabedra, Darren (June 28, 2013). "Palo Alto quarterback Keller Chryst chooses Stanford". The Mercury News. Retrieved September 3, 2017.
  4. ^ Tyson, Derek (July 1, 2013). "Top pocket QB Chryst commits to Stanford". Retrieved September 3, 2017.
  5. ^ FitzGerald, Tom (December 23, 2015). "Is Keller Chryst the next great Stanford QB?". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved September 3, 2017.
  6. ^ FitzGerald, Tom (October 31, 2016). "Keller Chryst does the job, and Stanford offense finally delivers". SFGate. Retrieved September 3, 2017.
  7. ^ Gunderson, Joel (November 13, 2016). "Chryst, McCaffrey lead Stanford rout of Oregon". The Mercury News. Retrieved September 3, 2017.
  8. ^ Hacke, Ray (November 20, 2016). "Big Game notebook: Keller Chryst, Davis Webb succeed despite wet weather". The Mercury News. Retrieved September 3, 2017.
  9. ^ a b Hacke, Ray (November 27, 2016). "McCaffrey tops 200 yards in Stanford rout". The Mercury News. Retrieved September 3, 2017.
  10. ^ "Stanford closes regular season with rout of Rice". November 26, 2016. Retrieved September 3, 2017.
  11. ^ Lombardi, David (December 30, 2016). "Source: Cardinal's Chryst feared to have torn ACL". Retrieved September 3, 2017.
  12. ^ Spears, Justin (August 27, 2017). "Keller Chryst, Bryce Love lead Stanford in blowout win over Rice in Australia". Diehards. Retrieved September 3, 2017.
  13. ^ @TheSpringLeague (July 17, 2020). "OFFICIAL GAMEDAY ROSTER" (Tweet). Retrieved July 20, 2020 – via Twitter.
  14. ^ @TheSpringLeague (October 12, 2020). "The #TSL2020 Aviators QBs!" (Tweet). Retrieved November 3, 2020 – via Twitter.
  15. ^ @TheSpringLeague (May 2, 2021). "First look at the #TSLAviators roster at #TSL2021!" (Tweet). Retrieved May 3, 2021 – via Twitter.
  16. ^ Soltau, Mark (August 14, 2014). "Palo Alto 'world traveler' finds a home with Stanford football". Palo Alto Online. Retrieved September 3, 2017.