Notre Dame has a leader in Dayne Crist
I think history will show that Brian Kelly made the most of it when he retrofitted Dayne Crist for his spread offense at Notre Dame. They'll have success together -- maybe even a 10-win season in 2011 -- but both will reach greater heights on their own after that.
But even though Crist is not a perfect fit for Kelly's offense, he's still a perfect fit for Notre Dame, and I think Kelly gains a healthier appreciation for that every day. Here's Crist's response when he was asked if he thinks he'll ever play with his teammate and close friend Kyle Rudolph again at Notre Dame, a reference to Rudolph possibly leaving early for the NFL:
''I sure hope so but again right now is not even the appropriate time to talk about it.
Really, I'm his friend first and teammate second. I'm just worried about him making sure he has a safe surgery.
''[Having gone through it], I know how tough a time it is. Right now I'm just here as a friend for support and a player on his team that wants to continue winning games. We haven't even had that conversation yet. It's something that we won't have until it's an appropriate time. I'm just here to be a friend and [be] supportive and do everything I can just to help him out.''
Notre Dame needs an infusion of badass to get where it wants to go. But the Irish always will need leaders like Dayne Crist at the top.
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