Chryst's camp analysis: 'I do not think criticism of his arm sounds fair'

Chryst's camp analysis: 'I do not think criticism of his arm sounds fair'

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Chryst's camp analysis: 'I do not think criticism of his arm sounds fair'

KNOXVILLE — The quarterback competition at Tennessee continues between Stanford graduate transfer Keller Chryst and redshirt sophomore Jarrett Guarantano.

Tom FitzGerald of the San Francisco Chronicle covered Chryst at Stanford and discussed his transfer to Tennessee with Vols Wire.

FitzGerald says that Keller and his father Geep, tight ends coach for the Denver Broncos, “probably thought it over and was looking for the best situation for him.”

“I’m sure they sized it all up and decided Tennessee was his best chance,” FitzGerald told Vols Wire. “I do not think they went there feeling like he was assured of the number one spot, but of all the schools they checked out they probably felt that was his best shot.

“I do not think they felt that they had anything locked up when they went to Tennessee, but he and his Dad felt that was his best opportunity.”

Looking at Power 5 schools that were losing quarterbacks and what signal-callers were returning played a factor in deciding where to transfer.

“They probably looked at schools that were losing their quarterback and sized up who was coming back to those schools,” FitzGerald said. “They probably gauged who the head coach was, who the offensive coordinator is, the quarterbacks coach, looking at all of that. These people are not dummies and would not get him into a place that does not throw the ball or that did not have good coaching. They obviously felt that Tennessee was his best shot.”

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Standing 6-foot-5, 239-pounds, Chryst brings a big body to the quarterback position. FitzGerald says the former Stanford signal-caller is “a great, smart kid and is a hard worker.”

“Chryst is a big, strong player with a good arm, a competitor and can block like a tight end who can flatten people when lead blocking,” FitzGerald continued.

During fall training camp, some have questioned Chryst’s arm strength and FitzGerald says that is unfair and that the only knock on him is being too cautious at times throwing deep on 50/50 balls.

“I do not think the criticism of his arm sounds fair,” he said. “That does not sound right to me. The knock on him here was that he was a little too cautious in avoiding turnovers in not throwing 50/50 balls up and putting the ball up where receivers could go up and get it. He would run the ball or check-down to another receiver for a short pass.”

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