Dayne Crist Makes the Most of Casino Del Sol All-Star Opportunity

Jan. 13, 2013

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas quarterback Dayne Crist took part in the first of two collegiate all-star games he has been invited to Friday evening as he helped lead his West team to a 40-7 victory at the Casino Del Sol College All-Star Game held in Tucson, Ariz.

Crist, who came in as the signal caller for the West team in the second quarter, completed 6-of-12 passes on the evening, for 62 yards and one touchdown. Crist completed a long pass of 19 yards to tight end Kellen Bartlett of Utah State in the midst of a fourth quarter scoring drive that was capped with a 10 yard pass from Crist to Ina Laina, a fullback out of San Jose State.

“The game was a great experience overall,” said Crist. “It was great to get to know all of my teammates and coaches and have the chance to showcase our skills. I felt that I had a solid week of practice and enjoyed meeting with various teams’ scouts after practice each day. It was great to have another game day experience and I enjoyed getting a win with my West team.

“I think playing in the Casino Del Sol game and the experience gained will help me to be successful in the upcoming NFLPA game,” said Crist. “I am incredibly thankful for these opportunities and plan on making the most of what I have been given.”

Crist is one of five Jayhawks who will be competing in the 2013 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl on Saturday, Jan. 19 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Also joining him in the game from KU will be offensive linemen Trevor Marrongelli and Duane Zlatnik and defensive ends Josh Williams and Toben Opurum.

Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m., and is slated to be carried live on ESPN2. ESPNU will also carry live reports during the practices leading up to the game, beginning on Thursday, Jan. 17.

This marks the second time that Kansas has had players selected to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl as offensive tackle Brad Thorson played in the 2011 all-star game. The official online source for Kansas Athletics, Williams Education Fund contributions, tickets, merchandise, multimedia, photos and much, much more.