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Keller Chryst | Quarterback

Team: Tennessee Volunteers
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 236

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ESPN's Alex Scarborough believes senior QB Keller Chryst is most likely to be the starter in 2018 for Tennessee.
Chryst was originally labeled the "top graduate transfer to watch" by Rivals after announcing he would transfer as a graduate in March. Scarborough broke it down and wrote, "Guarantano had a nice spring, but he didn't necessarily do enough to win the starting job. He wasn't in a position to do so, really. Not when his and McBride's main competition, former Stanford QB Chryst, wasn't on campus yet." It comes down to experience for Scarborough who explained, "Given Chryst's edge in terms of experience (23 games played, an 11-2 record as a starter) and fit (he's a dropback passer), he has to be considered the favorite to win the job." Jun 13 - 3:07 PM

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Tennessee HC Jeremy Pruitt said of senior QB Keller Chryst's upside, "I think that everything you do, you probably get better at it the longer you do it."

"Based off his age, his experience, he has some wisdom, so that will probably help him in preparation, and I think it will be good for our football team," Pruitt said on Tuesday. These comments strike us as slightly boilerplate, though to be fair, the team really hasn't gotten a close look at Chryst as of yet. The former Stanford signal-caller did not take part in spring practice and thus won't be hitting practice in full until August camp. He'll be competing with Jarrett Guarantano and Will McBride for starting honors when practices boot back up. Realistically, regardless of who wins the gig, this is a rebuilding year for the Volunteers.
Source: SEC Country
May 23 - 3:31 PM ranks Tennessee senior QB Keller Chryst the top graduate transfer to watch in 2018.

Chryst joined the Volunteers from Stanford in March, and is expected to compete for the starting quarterback duties. He struggled at times while a member of the Cardinal, but there were moments of brilliance that reminded teams why he was such a highly-recruited player back in 2014. If he can put it together -- and win the job, of course -- he could give Tennessee a big upgrade over what they got from the position in 2017.
Source: Rivals
Mar 19 - 4:23 PM

Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt said QB Keller Chryst "will compete for starting duties."

Chryst (6'5/236) is a graduate transfer from Stanford and will look to start for the Volunteers. Pruitt continues by saying, "there’s probably other guys that would like to have come here, but I would not tell them they’d be the starting quarterback — that will be determined by the guys on the field." Chryst went 11-2 the past two seasons as the starter for Stanford, but was benched for redshirt freshman K.J. Costello halfway through the 2017 season. He will be competing with sophomores Jarrett Guarantano and Will McBride for the starting job.
Mar 9 - 7:07 PM

Former Stanford redshirt senior QB Keller Chryst transferred to Tennessee as a graduate.

More accurately, Chryst (6'5/236) will graduate in June. But the upshot is that he's immediately eligible to play for the Vols. Chryst started 13 games for the Cardinal in the past two seasons. He began his career 6-0 as a starter, but lost his job to redshirt freshman K.J. Costello midway through last season. On Jeremy Pruitt's first team, Chryst will compete with Jarrett Guarantano and Will McBride for the starting QB gig.
Source: ESPN
Mar 2 - 4:12 PM

Transferring Stanford redshirt senior QB Keller Chryst will visit Tennessee this weekend.

Chryst (6'5/236) will not be graduating until June, meaning that his transfer is going to be more "eventual" than "imminent." As of yet, the Vols have not extended a scholarship offer to the gunslinger, who is moving on after being supplanted by K.J. Costello as starter for the Cardinal during this past season. He's not the only transferring quarterback intrigued by the Vols -- you can count ECU's Gardner Minshew in that same boat. The appeal with Tennessee comes in what should be an open competition at starting signal-caller this spring and summer. Quinten Dormady is transferring out, while Jarrett Guarantano largely failed to impress in his starting opportunities after Dormady was sidelined by shoulder surgery midway through the 2017 campaign. Guarantano and sophomore Will McBride figure to see the bulk of work in competition as matters currently stand, but they might have company soon enough.
Feb 22 - 5:11 PM

Stanford redshirt senior QB Keller Chryst will transfer as a graduate.

Chryst (6'5/236) began the 2017 season as starter for the Cardinal, but failed to spark the offense to any real degree -- four of his seven starts saw him throw for one or no touchdown passes -- before being supplanted by K.J. Costello in the middle of the campaign. Costello, entering his redshirt sophomore year in 2018, should have the starting job in Palo Alto on lock-down, making this a logical transfer by Chryst. As for where he might land for his final season of eligibility, USA Today's Dan Wolken forwards that Tennessee could be a program to watch.
Jan 21 - 7:21 PM

Stanford head coach David Shaw announced that the quarterback position is back up for grabs.

"Going forward, we’ll see where we are with the quarterback situation is by the end of the week," Shaw said. "We’re in competition mode, I think as it should be and how we have been. Keller (Chryst) has practiced extremely well. KJ (Costello) has practiced well. We probably won’t wait until game day." While Shaw said the week of the Utah game that both Chryst and Costello would play, this time he said: "How much each guy plays, or one guy, we’ll make that decision later this week." Chryst played the entirety of last week's 15-14 win over Oregon State, but he was utterly ineffective. Stay tuned for an announcement. If Shaw is to be believed, it'll be coming over the next 48-plus hours.
Source: Rivals
Wed, Nov 1, 2017 04:25:00 PM

Stanford redshirt junior QB Keller Chryst completed 16-of-33 passes for 141 yards with a touchdown and an interception in a 15-14 victory over Oregon State on Thursday.

This is an ugly stat line, but it really doesn't speak to how poorly Chryst played for 58 minutes of the game. He didn't look off receivers; telegraphing passes all night and really should have had at least two more interceptions on the night if the Beavers could have held onto the ball. Fortunately for Chryst, he was able to find JJ Arcega-Whiteside for the game-winning score on a well-thrown fade route to give the Cardinal the victory. He'll have to play much, much better next week against Washington State.
Fri, Oct 27, 2017 12:25:00 AM

Stanford redshirt junior QB Keller Chryst (undisclosed) will start Saturday's game against Utah.

Stanford is also expected to use K.J. Costello, who started last week against Arizona State with Chryst injured. Chryst was originally injured on a sack two weekends ago against UCLA.
Fri, Oct 6, 2017 03:38:00 PM

Stanford redshirt junior QB Keller Chryst (undisclosed) has been medically cleared for Saturday's game against Utah.

Chryst was injured after taking a sack two weekends ago against UCLA and subsequently sat for Stanford's Week 5 game against Arizona State. Starting in his place versus the Sun Devils was redshirt freshman K.J. Costello. Cardinal HC David Shaw has not tipped his hand as to which of Costello or Chryst will see the opening snaps in Saturday's showdown with the Utes. Both could potentially see the field.
Thu, Oct 5, 2017 04:00:00 PM

Stanford redshirt junior QB Keller Chryst was forced out of Saturday's game against UCLA in the first half after taking a hard sack and is not expected to return to the game.

Chryst was scrambling to the right on the play in question when he was sandwiched between two Bruin defenders, hitting his head on the turf in the process. He was then taken to the locker room, after which he emerged without his helmet. Ryan Burns took over for him at signal-caller following the early exit. We'll update Chryst's status as information becomes available.
Sat, Sep 23, 2017 11:46:00 PM

Stanford redshirt junior QB Keller Chryst went 14-of-25 for 253 yards and two touchdowns on Saturday in a 62-7 victory over Rice in Sydney, Australia.

Chryst was decent but not great before giving way to Ryan Burns and then K.J. Costello. His completion percentage could have been higher against a defense as forgiving as Rice's, and, while he didn't throw an interception, more than one ball was unnecessarily thrown into harm's way. But on the whole, it was a promising opener for Chryst, who tore the ACL in his right knee in December in the Sun Bowl. He looked completely healthy on Saturday.
Sun, Aug 27, 2017 02:22:00 PM

Stanford named redshirt junior QB Keller Chryst (knee) starter for the 2017 season.

"We feel pretty good about [naming him starter]," HC David Shaw said "He’s shown us no signs of any issues at all physically, there are no limitations on him right now, so we feel good about him getting ready to go play in Sydney." After failing to beat out Ryan Burns for starting honors last August, Chryst came on to start the final six games of the 2016 season. He posted a 10/1 TD/INT ratio in that space before suffering a severe injury to his right knee against North Carolina in bowl action. The Cardinal are going to play things carefully with Chryst in camp just to minimize the possibility of re-injury.
Thu, Aug 10, 2017 06:18:00 PM

Stanford redshirt junior QB Keller Chryst (knee) will not participate in team drills early in camp.

Chryst is being held out of team drills as a precautionary measure. He is on the mend from a severe right knee injury suffered in bowl action against North Carolina this winter. While team drills are not in play right now, Chryst has been taking full-speed dropbacks and participating in scripted drills. The redshirt junior is battling with Ryan Burns, K.J. Costello and highly-touted true freshman Davis Mills for starting honors.
Source: Diehards
Thu, Aug 3, 2017 08:53:00 PM