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Could Tennessee be destination for Stanford graduate transfer QB Keller Chryst?

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A graduate transfer announcement on the West Coast doesn’t normally interest SEC fans much. When a possible destination is an SEC East program with quarterback issues, though, it’s a different story.

Stanford quarterback Keller Chryst is planning to leave on a graduate transfer, announcing his decision Sunday on Twitter.

That’s only part of the story, though. Chryst has made a few online moves that suggest that he’s considering making Tennessee his destination.

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He’s now following the Tennessee football Twitter account (@Vol_Football), as well as newly hired Vols offensive coordinator Tyson Helton and current Tennessee players Daniel Bituli and Trey Smith.

The nephew of Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst, Keller Chryst saw part-time action in both 2016 and ’17 with Stanford; he split time with Ryan Burns in ’16 and K.J. Costello in ’17. For his career with the Cardinal, Chryst was 159-of-288 for 1,901 yards with 19 touchdowns and six interceptions.

Chryst was a coveted recruit, a four-star prospect from Palo Alto (Calif.) High who was ranked as the No. 2 pro-style quarterback in the nation when he signed with Stanford in the 2014 class.

As a graduate transfer, he would be eligible to play in 2018 for his new school.

If that school happens to be Tennessee, it would give the Vols a much-needed option at a thin quarterback position. Quinten Dormady announced his exit from the program last week, and the only quarterback currently in the Vols’ 2018 class is three-star recruit J.T. Shrout of Newhall (Calif.) Hart.

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Tennessee is set to return Jarrett Guarantano as well as Will McBride, who saw duty in two games last season. Guarantano, who enters the 2018 season as a third-year sophomore, was 86-of-139 (61.9 percent) for 997 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions in 2017.

It’s far from certain that Chryst would beat out Guarantano for the starting job, but if he chooses to make Knoxville his next home, new Vols coach Jeremy Pruitt would be able to add some valuable competition.

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