Notre Dame quarterback Dayne Crist has been cleared to contact schools about transferring, and Texas is reportedly on the list of schools in which Crist is interested.
The Longhorns (7-5) are currently preparing for a date with California in the Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl on December 28. They have endured a frustrating season by juggling two quarterbacks: freshman David Ash and sophomore Case McCoy. Neither fully won the job. Between the two of them, they led the 85th best passing game in college football.
Rumors have been circulating about Crist ever since Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly announced Crist's intention to transfer last Sunday, but Crist has yet to announce a decision publicly. A top-rated prospect in his class, Crist'sfour-year career with the Irish has been riddled with injuries, a coaching change, and unmet expectations. He has won the starting nod two seasons in a row, but started only ten games, losing six of them.
The 6-4, 235-pounder from California possesses a laser arm and decent mobility, but mediocre numbers. He's completed 58% of his passes for 16 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He also ran for four scores.
At Notre Dame, Crist will be remembered for two specific moments, one at each end of the spectrum of success. In his second career start, against Michigan, Crist returned to the game after a head injury and led acomeback that culminated with Crist's 95-yard touchdown to Kyle Rudolph. Unfortunately, the Irish defense could not hold the Wolverines on the final posession, so the effort came up short.
This season, Crist entered the USC game in the second half when starting quarterback Tommy Rees went down with an injury. He led a drive down to the one-yard line, but before Notre Dame could score and tie the game, Crist fumbled a snap and knocked it backwards. A Trojan defender picked it up and ran it all the way in for a score. That will likely go down as Crist's last contribution at Notre Dame.
There has not yet been an indication of when Crist will make a decision, but it figures to be soon, so he can join his new school for the spring semester.