Notre Dame QB Crist has done all he can do this spring
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- The decision on the starting quarterback for the Notre Dame football team is only Dayne Crist's to make in the sense that his daily performance -- and the resiliency of his surgically repaired knee -- informs the staff's call.

But with a handful of practices remaining before the April 16 spring game, Crist can say confidently that he has stated his case as emphatically as possible.

"I feel real lucky I'm able to compete at the level I'm able to, especially coming off the surgery and everything," Crist said after the Irish practiced Friday morning. "Just continuing to show what I can do and prove my skills every day."

This is no shocker, since Crist declared himself 100 percent cleared before spring practice even started -- which was the real news, following a torn patellar tendon suffered in late October. The update is that the knee is perhaps even less an issue than he feared it might be, if that's possible.

"I don't notice it," Crist said. "I really don't notice it out there at all. The treatment becomes less and less post-practice. I feel really fortunate and really blessed that I'm where I'm at right now.

"It's that, and just continuing to get stronger in the weight room from a lower body standpoint. That's just me being behind for several months, but I don't feel like there's a huge drop-off. I'm still being real active and making up a lot of ground in there."

As for any tea-leaf reading regarding the position, Crist says the distribution of reps between him and Tommy Rees -- and for that matter backups Andrew Hendrix and Everett Golson -- remains equal.

"It's been different in format every day, but it's even," Crist said. "Tommy and I and Andrew and Everett are getting basically the same amount of reps regardless of how we're getting them and in what chunks. When you break it down, we're still getting an even amount to this day."

Extra point: The sight of offensive guard Chris Watt on crutches and wearing a walking boot during Notre Dame's pro day on Thursday was jarring, but the reality apparently is not. Watt has a sprained left ankle and is day-to-day with the injury, a team spokesman said Friday.