When asked tonight about the team bringing in a fifth year transfer, a member of the Panthers coaching staff said that it's a "great possibility I would think". This development itself does not mean that the staff has thrown in the towel with Sunseri. It's obviously best for the program to have as many options at quarterback as possible. If Sunseri plays better next season, and he deserves to start, then so be it. But if he does not improve, it will would be great to have as many options as possible.
The source said that the Panthers have yet to target such a player and are more on a wait and see basis to see who becomes available. Here are three possibilities that the Panthers are aware of, though there could always be more.
Dayne Crist, Notre Dame- This has to be a player that most college football fans are familiar with which is what comes from being a starting quarterback for the most famous program in the country. But while being a successful starting quarterback for Notre Dame makes you popular, being a failed starting quarterback means you always have an albatross around your neck. Crist has something to prove and Pitt could be the place to do it.
Coming out of high school Crist was generally ranked among the top 2 or 3 quarterbacks in the country but he had to wait for two years behind Jimmy Claussen. In 2009, as a redshirt sophomore, Crist got his chance and started the first nine games of the season before rupturing his patella tendon. In those nine games, Crist completed 59.2% of his passes for 2,033 yards, 15 touchdowns, and 7 interceptions.
Crist came back this season and was again named the starter but was pulled for Tommy Rees in the first game. Rees held on to the starting job for the rest of the season and inexplicably to many, Crist's playing time has virtually disappeared.
As a player, Crist has pro size at 6'4" and 235 pounds, and has good athleticism and a very strong arm. He is not a running quarterback but even with two major knee injuries in his career, he can run pretty good when he gets going. In other words, he's at least as good as Sunseri when running with the football. And while he runs the spread offense for Brian Kelly, it's slightly different than Graham's.
Crist is from Sherman Oaks, CA and majors in management consulting. He has yet to say if he wants to transfer.
Ryan Katz, Oregon State- Katz is from Santa Monica, CA and graduates in March with a business administration degree. At 6'1" and 215 pounds, Katz is solidly built, has decent mobility, and has a cannon for an arm. He started last season as a redshirt sophomore and completed 60% of his passes for 2,401 yards while throwing for 18 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Prior to this season, Katz did not practice in the spring because he was recovering from a broken wrist in the last game of the year. That led talented redshirt freshman Sean Mannion to gain valuable experience. Still, Katz started this the first game of this season but Mannion took over at halftime and remained the starter throughout the season. The move was very controversial for many Oregon State fans who thought that Katz should have remained the starter. Mannion led Oregon State to a 3-9 record while throwing for 3,328 yards, 16 touchdowns, and 18 interceptions.
Ted Stachitas, Wake Forest- Talking about something to prove. Stachitas has played little at Wake Forest attempting only 49 passes in his career, while throwing zero touchdowns. But the 6'1" 205 pound Ponte Vedra Beach, FL native is more of a running quarterback.
Stachitas started three games as a redshirt sophomore including the opener. He ran for 76 yards in one of those games and 77 yards in another. In his career he has run 43 times for 218 yards (5.1 avg.) and 3 touchdowns. His major is psychology.