Stanford's Keller Chryst announces plan to transfer


Quarterback Keller Chryst announced on twitter Sunday that he will transfer from Stanford.

His statement: "After four seasons at Stanford, I have decided to transfer for my 5th year of eligibility when I graduate in June. Thank you to Stanford University, the Stanford Football program, and especially my teammates for the experiences here. Looking forward to what the future holds!"

Keller Chryst/Stanford Athletics
Chryst, who played his final two years of high school football at Palo Alto, completed 78 of 144 passes this past season for 962 yards with eight touchdowns and four interceptions.

K.J. Costello took over as the starting quarterback midway through the season.

After attempting only nine passes over his first two years at Stanford, Chryst went 6-0 as a starter as a junior.

He suffered a knee injury in the Sun Bowl against North Carolina, but managed to get back in time for Stanford's 2017 season opener against Rice in Australia.

From a football family, Chryst's uncle, Paul Chryst, is the head coach at Wisconsin.

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Posted by To?
a resident of another community
on Jan 21, 2018 at 7:29 pm

Transfer to which college? Wisconsin? Is he now healthy? Best wishes.

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Posted by DAVID
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Jan 21, 2018 at 10:34 pm


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Posted by Samuel L.
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jan 22, 2018 at 7:39 am

Samuel L. is a registered user.

"WITCH"? Really?

I believe he's heading to ABSU, Anywhere But Stanford University.

One speculation is actually Tennessee.

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Posted by YP
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jan 22, 2018 at 9:22 am

YP is a registered user.

Makes sense. He realizes he will be behind Costello and not play much. This is becoming more common that graduating athletes move schools in order to get playing time. Cal benefited from this a couple years ago getting Davis Webb for a year.

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Posted by Michael O.
a resident of Stanford
on Jan 22, 2018 at 11:15 am

He is graduating this year. He's only transferring his year of NCAA eligibility. Don't get all crazy!

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Posted by Roann
a resident of Menlo Park
on Jan 23, 2018 at 5:52 am

Exactly Michael O. !
Easy on him everyone as he will be an alumni soon.
We are privileged to enjoy his play and I hope he
stays healthy

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Posted by Paul
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 23, 2018 at 8:24 pm

Can someone explain to me what "transfer for my 5th year of eligibility" mean? Is it only on paper? Is he going to another college to play an extra year? Is it opening him for the draft? Basically, why would he do that?

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Posted by resident
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 23, 2018 at 8:39 pm

@Paul - NCAA rules allow him to play 1 more year. Apparently, he feels like he won't get much playing time at Stanford this year and no pro team will draft him with his current record, so he wants a second chance by playing 1 year at a different school that will let him be the full time starter. I assume he will enroll as a graduate student at this new school.

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Posted by YP
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jan 24, 2018 at 6:38 am

YP is a registered user.

He reshirted as freshman at Stanford. In other words he was a student but didn't play football. Thus by the end of this school year he will have attended Stanford 4 years but only used 3 years of football eligibility. As he apparently has enough credits to graduate this spring he can move to another school and use his final year of eligibility there. Why would he do this? To be a starting quarteback and hopefully catch the eye of pro scouts. Sitting on the bench at Stanford won't help his NFL aspirations.

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Posted by Paly Mom
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Jan 25, 2018 at 2:38 pm

He's a really nice guy and so is his father. Keller is on the quieter side. I read that he had to work on being more bold when calling the plays because he is a quiet person. [Portion removed.]

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Posted by Paly Mom
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Jan 26, 2018 at 12:40 am

Why the heck was part of my posting removed?! I didn't post anything mean or offensive. Just said that my son had a class with him and Lily Zhang (ping-pong Olympian) at Paly and they were both nice. Geez.

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