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Keller Chryst | Quarterback

Team: Stanford Cardinal
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 236

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Stanford redshirt sophomore QB Keller Chryst completed 10-of-17 passes for 60 yards in Saturday's 26-15 win over Oregon State.
Ryan Burns, Keller Chryst, it really doesn't seem to matter. Stanford's passing offense is one of the worst in the country. Chryst should be able to post stronger results in cotton-soft November match-ups against Oregon, Cal and Rice to close the season, but look elsewhere for fantasy fun until he has shown that he has something to offer. Nov 5 - 7:42 PM

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Stanford junior RB Christian McCaffrey said that redshirt sophomore QB Keller Chryst "did awesome" in Saturday's 34-10 win over Arizona.

"The thing I love so much is his leadership in the huddle. The guy’s a ballplayer. At the end of the day," McCaffrey said, "he’s going to find a way to get the job done. I’m excited to see what the future holds as well." This is all well and good, though Chryst's actual stats in Saturday's game -- 14-of-30 passing for 104 yards, two touchdowns and an interception -- are a bit more pedestrian than McCaffrey's glowing praise might indicate. To be fair to the redshirt sophomore quarterback, this was his first start with the Cardinal and HC David Shaw almost certainly dialed back the playbook by degrees. He figures to take on more responsibility against Oregon State this coming weekend. Fantasy owners need not scour the waiver wire on this one immediately, but keep an eye on Chryst. Stanford finishes out the year with contests against Oregon, Cal and Rice and should he acclimate well to the starting job, all three of those games offer cushy defensive match-ups.
Oct 31 - 12:40 PM

Stanford redshirt sophomore QB Keller Chryst has replaced redshirt junior QB Ryan Burns as starter.

Burns proved lethally ineffective in seven games as Cardinal starter. HC David Shaw indicated that he believes there is a disparity between the offensive talent on the team and the results to date. "We should be able to score points with the personnel we have on the offensive side. That's the bottom line here," Shaw said. Stanford is averaging just 17 points per game, placing them as the third-worst team in the FBS. Only South Carolina and Buffalo are scoring fewer points on average. In parts of seven games this season, Chryst has completed 7-of-18 passes for 63 yards and an interception. The 6-foot-5, 228-pounder ranked as a four-star recruit in the 2014 class, with Rivals pegging him as the No. 64 overall prospect for that cycle. There is talent here -- indeed, Chryst was considered the front-runner to start this season until Burns won the job in August -- but we don't recommend those in traditional fantasy formats claim him this week given Stanford's offensive issues.
Source: ESPN.com
Oct 25 - 4:10 PM

Stanford HC David Shaw said that his starting quarterback must be adept at "handl[ing] the running game at the line of scrimmage.

"We need the ball in Christian McCaffrey’s hands," Shaw said, later adding that both redshirt sophomore QB Keller Chryst and senior QB Ryan Burns "were doing that at a high level [during the spring]." During Pac-12 Media Days, he elaborated on what he wants to see from his eventual starter. "It’s about who can make the right audible on third down and get us in the right play. Who can get us from one running play into the next running play? Who can see the blitzing coming and change the play?" Stanford opens camp on August 8, but Shaw won't be making his final decision until later in the month. The Cardinal will open the season against Kansas State on Friday, September 2.
Jul 19 - 2:43 PM

A Pac-12 defensive coach isn't concerned about the acclimation process for Stanford's new starting quarterback.

Either redshirt sophomore QB Keller Chryst or senior QB Ryan Burns will assume Kevin Hogan's old post. The anonymous coach was asked a question about HC David Shaw's preference of grooming quarterbacks who sit their first few years on campus. "They're going to know the system, and when that's in place it's easy to put yourself in a situation where you can coach up a kid -- especially if he has had the mental reps -- to continue being successful," the coach said.
Source: ESPN
Jun 23 - 7:35 PM

According to the San Jose Mercury News, Stanford HC David Shaw does not plan on naming a starting quarterback until 10 days before the season-opening kickoff.

That would be August 23. The Cardinal's looking to replace Kevin Hogan, who developed nicely over the course of his career at Stanford to give them a level of stability. Back to the drawing board now, with sophomore QB Keller Chryst and senior QB Ryan Burns looking to duke it out for air supremacy over the coming weeks and months. Said Shaw, "Both guys can go out there and operate the game plan. To what extent, we're going to find out. We're going to give them a great opportunity this spring, but in training camp, we're going to overload them. We're going to see how much they can take."
Mar 6 - 6:09 PM

One NFL scout praised freshman QB Keller Chryst before any others after watching one of Stanford's scrimmages.

The news was tweeted via former NFL personnel man John Middlekauff. Chryst was ranked as a four-star recruit by all the scouting services and is the son of the 49ers Quarterbacks Coach Geep Chryst. Keller will not be starting in 2014 with redshirt junior Kevin Hogan locking down the top spot. We aren't as sold on Hogan as others, but Chryst's first opportunity might be in 2015 if Hogan declares for this spring's draft.
Tue, Aug 19, 2014 11:36:00 AM

Former Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh compared high school QB commit Keller Chryst to Andrew Luck.

That is some high praise. "Honestly, he reminds me of what Andrew Luck looked like when Andrew was his age in school," Harbaugh said. "They look very similar in how they play the game, their physical tools and skills. I don’t think I’m going out on a limb saying that." If Chryst can accomplish some of what Andrew Luck did with the Cardinal offense he should be able to contribute early on.
Tue, Jul 2, 2013 09:51:00 AM