Apr 28, 2012; Lawrence, KS, USA; Kansas Jayhawks quarterback Dayne Crist (10) makes a pass in the first half of the Spring Game at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-US PRESSWIRE
Just as we do in the spring, it's time to sift through the roster as the players grind through fall camp. Most of the current roster is set with the exception of just a few. That means we have a pretty good idea as to who will be competing at each position and how each group will look during 2012. Who are the likely starters? How does the position look in terms of depth? And players might project as major contributors in the future?
To kick things off let's start with the quarterbacks. There really isn't much in the way of a quarterback battle or a quarterback controversy. The position is as locked up as any on the current Kansas depth chart. However there are still a host of storylines and questions as fall camp continues.
- Dayne Crist - Charlie Weis added Crist to the Kansas roster shortly after being named to the head coaching job. That addition was made with every intention of having Crist take control of the Kansas offense during the 2012 season. Crist provides Kansas with their first quarterback in some time that can boast legitimate NFL stature as he checks in at 6'4", 235 pounds. That's all the more impressive considering that it has become clear that Weis doesn't follow the somewhat standard practice of fudging measurements. Crist has assumed a leadership role with the team, he's set the bar at a high level for the rest of the offense and all indications are that adding a player with his skill set have helped to elevate the expectations on offense.
There's a well defined "plan A" at Kansas and then there is everything else. Any significant change in the fortunes of Kansas football in 2012 will without question have something to do with the play of Dayne Crist. If he faces an injury or struggles to meet expectations, Kansas will need a lift from somewhere else. Crist alone doesn't change everything, but he's an absolutely critical piece to changing anything. There aren't many in the media or around the league that are expecting much out of Kansas this year, but it will be interesting to see how a healthy productive Dayne Crist might change that perception.