As the season is inching closer, I'm continuing to be surprised by some of the expectations for the football season. The last few seasons had very few positives. Big changes were made since the last game of the year. A famous football coach has been hired and he seems to be working hard at turning the program around. One of the main ways he is attempting to do this is by bringing fifth year transfers for a quick shot of talent. The biggest splash is former Notre Dame quarterback Dayne Crist.
Crist is a former five star recruit out of California. He played three seasons for the Irish and was the starter for nine games during the 2010 season. During his 2010 season, he completed 59.2% of his passes and threw for 2,033 yards with 15 touchdowns. That would have placed him 7th in the Big 12 in yards, 8th in completion percentage, and 8th in touchdowns. Jordan Webb actually ended last season with a better completion percentage than Crist had in his 2010 season at Notre Dame. That's not fair to Crist because he only played nine games and it's ignoring the offenses ran and types of passes each were asked to make. Though I think it is something to keep in mind heading into the season.
We don't really know what Weis has in store for Crist in the passing game. Going through his history at the college level might give us an idea about what to expect though. The numbers below are for his team, not just the starting quarterback.
2007 was Jimmy Clausen's freshman year at Notre Dame and he averaged 24.5 pass attempts per game. The following years Weis leaned on him quite a bit more as that number went up to 33.8 and 35.4 attempts per game. At Florida, Weis dialed back the passing game and their starting quarterback only averaged 21.8 passes and 185.8 yards a game.
So fill in the question marks. What are you expecting from Crist in the 2012 season?