Casino Del Sol College All-Star Game: Ex-Notre Dame QB gets another chance

2013-01-09T00:00:00Z Casino Del Sol College All-Star Game: Ex-Notre Dame QB gets another chanceDaniel Berk Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
January 09, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Dayne Crist got his first chance in South Bend, Ind.

He got a second one in Lawrence, Kan.

Now, the quarterback is getting what he hopes isn't his final chance in Tucson.

Crist, who spent four years at Notre Dame before playing the 2012 season at Kansas, will try to impress pro scouts at the Casino Del Sol College All-Star Game on Friday night at Kino Stadium. Crist will be one of two quarterbacks for the West squad.

He was ranked the No. 2 quarterback in the country as a high school senior by Rivals.com in 2008 (ahead of current NFL star Andrew Luck) and was rated as a five-star recruit by nearly every recruiting service in the country.

Crist was considered a can't-miss quarterback.

"I can remember when he was coming out of high school - what a prospect," said Dick Tomey, Crist's coach for the week and the winningest coach in UA history.

"He's the kind of guy that a game like this, it could really jump-start things for him."

Crist's college career went like this: He was the Fighting Irish's starting quarterback as a redshirt sophomore and threw for more than 2,000 yards and 15 touchdowns.

That was as good as it got.

He started the 2011 opener as a junior, but was benched in the first game and never got his spot back. The Canoga Park, Calif., native then transferred to Kansas as a fifth-year graduate student, hoping to revive his career.

Instead, he threw nine interceptions to four touchdowns and completed less than half of his passes.

Now, he's in Tucson to prove he can still sling the ball around as he did in high school.

"I do believe my adversity gives me a very unique perspective," Crist said. "It's a part of me, and I'm going to try to use it to help me succeed in the future."

Crist spent Monday night watching his former teammates at Notre Dame play Alabama in the national championship.

"Those are some of my best friends in the world, and it was tough to see them go out like that," the quarterback said.

Now, Crist's goal is to not go out like that.

Two-way Tutogi

Arizona Wildcats defensive end/fullback Taimi Tutogi is a teammate of Crist's this week and taking snaps on both sides of the ball.

After Friday's game, he'll head to Carson, Calif., to play in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl with Wildcats teammate Kyle Quinn. Quinn is also playing in this week's game, along with Wildcats defensive end Dom Austin.

"We have to get out there and show that we can play in front of these scouts," Tutogi said.

Extra points

• Arizona State punter Josh Hubner and Northern Arizona offensive tackle Trey Gilleo are the only other players picked for the game who hail from the state of Arizona.

• New Catalina Foothills High School coach Jeff Scurran was working extensively with Crist and Washington State quarterback Jeff Tuel as one of the assistants for Tomey.

Up next

• Who: West vs. East all-stars

• Where: Kino Stadium

• When: 7 p.m. Friday

• Radio: 1490-AM

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