Ex-Stanford QB Keller Chryst finishing career at Tennessee

From FOX Sports - March 9, 2018

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP)Tennessee has added former Stanford quarterback Keller Chryst to its roster as a graduate transfer.

Volunteers coach Jeremy Pruitt has confirmed the addition of Chryst, who started seven games for Stanford last season before getting replaced by K.J. Costello .

Chryst transferred to Tennessee looking for an opportunity to compete. He announced after the 2017 season that he intended to graduate from Stanford in June and go elsewhere for his final season of eligibility .

There are probably some other guys who would have liked to have come here, but I would not tell them theyd be the starting quarterback, Pruitt said. That will be determined by the guys on the field. Keller was excited about just the chance to compete. Thats all he wanted.

Pruitt also announced other team updates, including that he considers wide receiver Jauan Jennings to be part of the team again. Jennings was dismissed from the team last November for criticizing Tennessees previous coaching staff on social media.

Chryst, the nephew of Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst, completed 54.2 percent of his passes for 962 yards with eight touchdowns and four interceptions last season.

Tennessees only two returning scholarship quarterbacks are Jarrett Guarantano and Will McBride. Both will be sophomores next season. Quinten Dormady, who opened the 2017 campaign as Tennessees starting quarterback, announced after the season that he plans to transfer .

Guarantano started six of Tennessees final seven games last season as a redshirt freshman and completed 61.9 percent of his passes for 997 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions. McBride, who started one game in place of an injured Guarantano, completed 42.5 percent of his passes for 152 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions.

Tennessee also welcomes incoming freshman JT Shrout.

Pruitt likes Chrysts maturity and experience while pointing out that Stanford won 11 of his 13 career starts. Pruitt also praised the toughness Guarantano showed in Tennessees 2017 loss to Alabama , where Pruitt worked as defensive coordinator . Pruitt acknowledged he isnt as familiar yet with McBride, who didnt play against Alabama last season.

Hes tough, Pruitt said of Guarantano. He has arm talent. He has good athletic ability.I have seen him work hard in this offseason and try to do things the right way.

Pruitt offered other details about the program as the new coaching staff prepares to open spring practice March 20. Pruitt is taking over for the fired Butch Jones as Tennessee attempts to bounce back from a 4-8 season in which the Vols set a school record for losses and failed to win a single Southeastern Conference game .


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