John Crist

John Crist is the senior writer for Saturday Down South. He’s a member of the Football Writers Association of America and a voter for both the Heisman Trophy and Biletnikoff Award.
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The avatar is a product of the recent format switch. Our tech guy hasn't switched it back to the generic SEC logo yet. I have zero affiliation with or attachment to Alabama, or any school in the conference for that matter.
Florida State. Everyone always assumes bias for some reason. Not even remotely the case here.
We have a Tennessee alumnus on staff at SDS. He took a quick poll of some fellow Vols. Not one of them told him they'd have a problem with getting rid of the Alabama game if there were some sort of conference realignment. Maybe it's only the fans who spend half of every day angrily obsessing over comment threads who feel this way. Just a theory.
I'm not a beat reporter covering one team. I'm a columnist commenting on the entire conference, so it's not my job to have encyclopedic knowledge of all 14 programs. It's not really possible anyway. The CEO of General Motors probably doesn't know how the navigation works on my Suburban, but that doesn't mean he's -- this is one of everybody's favorites, of course -- "lost all credibility." I was all in on Tennessee last season and didn't hear a thing from that readership, but now I'm down on the Vols and they're killing me for it. This is my "not surprised" face. You get used to it doing this year after year.
I suppose if Tennessee were more relevant in the college football conversation, then I'd have a more nuanced understanding of the nuts and bolts.
So glad you enjoyed what was a fun little story to write -- the kid in question, Josh Colston, was positively thrilled -- and commented with such a warm ray of sunshine.
Please allow me to introduce you to my friend "hyperbole." You've clearly never met.
You realize there's a difference between being drafted and signing as an undrafted free agent, right? Teams will sign 10 or more UDFAs -- as well invite a handful of street free agents not worthy of a contract -- immediately after the draft, usually for no other reason than filling up the practice field for rookie mini camp. Maybe one out of a hundred UDFAs actually goes on to an NFL career of any consequence.And signing as an UDFA doesn't count as "making a roster." At this time of year, NFL teams have something like 80-90 players under contract in some capacity. Dozens of them will be long gone once Week 1 rolls around in September.But what do I know? I only covered the NFL for the better part of a decade. It's not like I haven't seen this with my own eyes with more players than I can possibly remember.
When Arkansas actually decides to play a spring game, as opposed to what amounted to a Pop Warner practice, we'll be happy to cover it from soup to nuts.
"Honorable mention: Jarrett Johnson, Texas A&M"
Hopefully, Knight lasts longer with the Cardinals than Jake Coker did. Coker hardly had time to unpack his bags before being cut. Arizona needs an heir for Carson Palmer, although Knight's odds for being that guy are long to say the least.
He was at the early stages of the pre-draft process, before events like the Senior Bowl and Scouting Combine, but he steadily fell the last month or two and then fell even more once teams were actually on the clock.
Considering the fact that Dobbs was getting a tiny bit of first-round buzz and seemed to have pushed himself into the Round 2-3 range at least, your argument is just as utterly moot as it is embarrassingly incoherent.
I don't disagree. NFL people not super familiar with the SEC want to make that comparison because it's easy, though. I've been telling everyone who asks me that Prescott was much more advanced as a passer in college than Dobbs.
How exactly? Point to one "excuse" I supposedly made for Alabama in the column. Unless you're referring to the homerrific coverage of the team that tends to occur back home in Tuscaloosa.
There is literally an asterisked and italicized paragraph at the end of the column -- that was the first thing done before responding to any actual comments -- acknowledging the mistake and owning up to it. But please continue to tell me how I "lost you" despite the fact that you still show up in the comment section of almost everything I write.
Also once upon a time, despite the presence of all those editors, newspapers printed a "corrections" section to acknowledge previous mistakes. Actually, that's not once upon a time. It still happens today. Every now and then, an odd-shaped M&M makes its way into a bag. That doesn't mean the Mars company hasn't gone to great lengths to prevent this from happening.
I did, as I do just about everything. Kelly's name just escaped my eyes for whatever reason because I'm a human being and not some next-level A.I. you might see on AMC. Either get over it or don't, but I'll lose no sleep either way.
I write 15,000 words of copy per week during the season, and then 10,000 per week during the offseason. The occasional innocent mistake is going to happen, as it will in every profession. Judge if you must, as that's the way of the pitchfork-wielding internet these days, but I assure you my credibility is quite intact.
Yes, Kelly's selection was originally omitted. The copy has been updated accordingly. Thank you for catching it.
Sure. Let's say 10 years to be positive. Seems about right. But don't call me. I'll call you.
Lawson is the perfect example of only asking a prospect to do what he can do. Don't expect him to play end and stop the run. Don't have him play linebacker and drop into coverage. There's no shame in being a pass-rushing specalist if that's what you do best. So much of the NFL game is played in sub packages anyway, so he can certainly contribute for 30-35 snaps per game.
Another way to describe it is the biggest questions I have for each of the aforementioned teams are yet to be answered. This piece specifically plays off the piece I had written earlier in the day. There's no point breaking down the Georgia running backs since everybody in the galaxy knows they're positively loaded there.
I highlighted the secondary as something I would be watching closely going into the spring game based on what I had written previously, so this was nothing more than a review of that specific position group's performance. Click the link highlighted in the opening paragraph. I guess it wasn't as self-explanatory as I thought.
It's not a claim. I've got business cards and everything. And if the tongue-in-cheek "5-star heart" comment tweaks you -- although, clearly, the direction of the wind tweaks you -- then you should be blaming your head coach, not me.
Both things can be true. It was an awful year at quarterback in the SEC. Just because you're the best one (statistically) in the conference, that doesn't mean you're one of the country's best.
The power pitch is one of my favorite plays, don't get me wrong, but I was hinting at the symbolism of it all. If the first half of the spring game features half a dozen power pitches but no explosive passes downfield, it'll be "here we go again" at Tiger Stadium. We heard so much about LSU modernizing its offense before the opener last year in Green Bay, but once the game started it was the same ole Tigers.
Why? About a hundred years of evidence, that's why.