Both former Notre Dame quarterback Dayne Crist and former BYU quarterback Jake Heaps have decided to transfer to play football for Charlie Weis and the Kansas Jayhawks next season. Being a graduate student, Crist will be able to play right away, while Heaps will have to sit out one season due to the NCAA’s transfer rule.
Crist was the Fighting Irish’s starting quarterback in 2010 and entered the 2011 season as the starter, but was benched during halftime of their first game. He led the Irish to a 4-5 record as the starter in 2010.
Heaps, however, was not benched until the middle of the 2011 season, after struggling early, and leading his team to a 3-2 record. In 2010, he was seen as one of the best freshman in the country, earning the starting spot partway through the season and taking the Cougars to a 5-1 record and a win in the New Mexico Bowl. Heaps threw for 2,316 yards, 15 touchdowns, and 9 interceptions with a quarterback rating of 116.2 his freshman year.
Crist is believed to be a shoo-in for the Jayhawks’ QB job next year, with Heaps being the starter for the two years after that, giving Kansas the quarterback talent they have longed for since the departure of Todd Reesing.