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Mr. Robert "BJ" Crist

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100 Belle Fontaine, Apt 296
Lafayette, Louisiana 70506

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Football: Crist’s long end zone wait over

September 19, 2004 –

Bruce Brown
bbrown@theadvertiser.com

September 19, 2004

MANHATTAN, Ks. � Senior wide receiver B.J. Crist has been waiting a long time to contribute to UL Lafayette’s offense.

But that’s nothing like the eternity he waited for Jerry Babb’s pass to reach him so he could finish off a 39-yard touchdown against Kansas State here on Saturday.

�It was sitting up there a year in the air,” said Crist, whose first career score drew the visitors within 13-7 of the Big 12 champion Wildcats.

�It’s one of those things where you just want the ball to get down before the defender gets near you.”

�It was a bootleg,” said Babb, who rushed for 101 yards and threw for 128 in the 40-20 defeat.

�The cornerback bit up on the out route by Bill (Sampy) and they didn’t go with B.J.”

The tricky part was a 20-25 crosswind that never seemed to be coming from the same direction two plays in a row.

�With the wind, I wanted to make sure I wasn’t going to overthrow him,” Babb said. �So, I just laid it up there so he could get it. Early, the wind wasn’t blowing that hard, but it kept shifting. My receivers made some good catches.”

Crist just wanted the ball to get there.

�The easier catches are the ones that are the hardest,” Crist said. �Everybody is focused on you, waiting for you to make a big play.”

The slender senior was set back by leg and abdomen injuries in preseason, but has proven his worth on a receiving corps eager to fill in the big catches made last year by Fred Stamps.

�I was really looking forward to my senior year,” Crist said. �I wanted to be part of the team and make it happen. It has worked out so far, but I’m not done. I’m looking forward to making bigger plays.

�I want to help us win the Sun Belt Conference and go to the New Orleans Bowl. That’s our ultimate goal.”

On Saturday’s flight back from Kansas, Crist dozed with a red football in his lap. The ball is symbolic of his leadership in all phases of playing the game as part of a program of recognition launched by receivers coach Brian Crist.

Attention to detail, running routes, consistency in making catches and downfield blocking all play into the demands of the position in the Cajun offense, and so far Crist has met those high standards.

He had five catches for 50 yards last week at Louisiana Tech, and paced the squad with three for 55 at KSU. But Crist and the rest of the Cajuns are focused on next week’s Sun Belt opener against Middle Tennessee.

�We have to put this one behind us,” coach Rickey Bustle said. �The preseason is over and we need to get ready for Middle Tennessee.”

�We have a tough conference, with a lot of good players,” Crist said. �We’ve got to stick together. Then we’ll see how it turns out.”

�The Lafayette Daily Advertiser
September 19, 2004