Monday, May 7, 2012
KU's Crist a sign of good, bad at Kansas
By ESPN.com staff
Kansas named its three team captains last month, and one of them had never stepped on the field for a game as a Jayhawk.
It's a rarity, no doubt, but Jayhawks quarterback Dayne Crist earned the nod from his teammates in a vote.
"Anytime you can have a guy come in and he’s on campus for about five minutes and he’s already viewed at by his peers as the leader of the team, that is saying volumes about the situation," coach Charlie Weis said.
It says volumes, sure. It's not all good, though.
"On the negative end, it means that you’re lacking leadership," Weis said. "On the positive end, it means you have somebody who brings leadership to the team."
For now, Kansas has that.
Crist will be a fifth-year senior who has already bounced back from two serious knee injuries, a torn ACL in 2009 and a ruptured patellar tendon in 2010.
He appeared in four games in 2011 at Notre Dame, but was benched as starter after the first game. After the season, he elected to follow Weis to Kansas for a second chance in a much different environment.
Last year's starter, Jordan Webb, transferred and Crist has been installed as the Jayhawks' starter from the beginning of spring practice.
His teammates' response has made one thing clear: He's out to prove something in his new home.
For Weis, it's a welcome development.
"When you can bring in a guy that has that type of character and that type of leadership and have other players see this is the way things should be done," Weis said, "it just makes your job that much easier."