Dayne Crist patiently waited for his turn as the starting quarterback at Notre Dame behind NFL bound Jimmy Clausen for the past two seasons. It looks like the former five start recruit is getting tired of waiting, however, as the junior to be is ahead of schedule in his recovery from an ACL injury suffered Halloween night in the Alamodome.
Brian Kelly told the South Bend Tribune on Thursday that junior quarterback Dayne Crist is ahead of schedule as he recovers from his ACL injury. Kelly even went so far as to say that Crist would be participating in everything except contact drills.
As far as Crist is concerned, Kelly said he is so far ahead of schedule, he’ll likely be cleared to do everything in spring practice except have contact.
“Nobody will get in his zip code,” Kelly said. “But you’re going to see a lot of him in the spring.”
Having Crist able to run the offense – albeit without being able to get hit – would be a huge boost to the offense for 2010. Learning a new offensive system in one off-season is tough enough for a quarterback, but it is even tougher if you miss spring practice as most speculated Crist would.
Notre Dame will also have freshman early enrollee Tommy Rees in spring practice learning the offense and could tap former high school quarterback and current Irish wide receiver John Goodman for some snaps if necessary. Considering how well Crist and Goodman looked working together in the Washington State game prior to Crist’s injury though, Kelly will most likely want to give Goodman as many reps at wide receiver as he can with Crist under center.
And just in case you have forgotten about the Crist to Goodman bomb in the Alamodome, here is a video of it – it’s a thing of beauty.
In other injury news, the same report stated that Theo Riddick and Brandon Walker were the only players currently unable to work out with the rest of the team due to injuries. Walker has had a lingering back injury since the season while Riddick has a shoulder injury keeping him out of work outs.