Record-setting quarterback Dameyune Craig filled the final coaching vacancy on the 2016 LSU staff when he was named wide receivers coach for the Tigers on February 14.
Craig comes to LSU with credentials of developing both quarterbacks and wide receivers at the collegiate level, while also having proven himself as an outstanding recruiter. He was named ACC Recruiter of the Year in 2012 and three quarterbacks who he either recruited or coached ended up being first round NFL Draft picks.
Craig joins LSU after serving on the Auburn staff as co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach for three years. In 2013, Craig helped Auburn to the SEC title and an appearance in the BCS National Championship game that year.
In 2013, Auburn had the second biggest turnaround in college football history according to NCAA records at +8.0 games as the Tigers went from a 3-9 record in 2012 to a 12-2 mark in 2013. Sophomore Sammie Coates ranked third nationally with 21.48 yards per reception, 42 catches for 902 yards and seven touchdowns.
In 2014, Coates finished his three-year career with 82 receptions for 1,757 yards and 13 touchdowns. He is ranked 10th in Auburn history in receiving yards and ninth in receiving touchdowns. His career average of 21.43 yards per catch is second all-time at Auburn.
Craig played quarterback at Auburn from 1994-97, where he still holds numerous Auburn passing records, including completions (216), attempts (403) and passing yards (3,227) in a season as well as the single-game record for most net yards gained (445 vs. Army in 1996; 75 rush, 370 pass). Craig, who led Auburn to an 18-7 mark in 25 career starts, was an exceptional student-athlete on and off the field, earning Academic All-SEC honors as a senior in 1997.
He was named offensive most valuable player in the 1996 Independence Bowl and then again the following year in the Peach Bowl. He capped his collegiate career by earning MVP honors at the Senior Bowl when he led the South to a 31-8 win over the North.
In three seasons at Florida State from 2010-12, Craig helped the Seminoles to a 31-10 record, including a 12-2 mark in 2012. FSU won the 2012 Atlantic Coast Conference championship and defeated Northern Illinois in the Discover Orange Bowl. The Seminoles were 10-4 in Craigs first year on the staff in 2010 and then followed that with a 9-4 mark in 2011.
Charged with coordinating FSU’s recruiting efforts, Craig’s time in that role helped produce the No. 1 and No. 2 recruiting classes in 2011-12 and recruited 2013 Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston to the Seminoles. Craig was recognized as the 2012 Scout/FoxSportsNet ACC Recruiter of the Year as well as the Rivals.com ACC Recruiter of the Year.
In addition to his recruiting duties, Craig served as quarterbacks coach, where he helped develop E.J. Manuel and Christian Ponder, both of which ended up being NFL first round draft picks. Ponder was a first round pick of the Minnesota Vikings in 2011, while Manuel was selected by the Buffalo Bills in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft.
Craig went to Florida State after a two-year run at South Alabama, where he directed the wide receivers for head coach Joey Jones. Craig was Jones’ first hire when he was charged with starting the Jaguars’ football program, which played its first season in 2009.
At South Alabama, Craig was instrumental in implementing a run-based, spread offense that put up prolific numbers during its seven-game inaugural season in 2009. The Jaguars (7-0) averaged 45.9 points and 439 yards of total offense in 2009.
The Prichard, Ala., native began his collegiate coaching career as an offensive graduate assistant at LSU in 2004 and worked as a special teams assistant with the Miami Dolphins in 2005. Craig returned to the college ranks in 2006 and helped Tuskegee to a two-year record of 22-2.
As the Golden Tigers’ quarterbacks coach he helped the program win a pair of SIAC titles and defeat Virginia Union in the Pioneer Bowl X to cap a 12-0 season in 2007 by winning the Black College National Championship. Craig began his coaching career at his high school alma mater, Blount, near Mobile, Ala., where he was an assistant coach in 2003.
He signed as a free agent quarterback with the NFL’s Carolina Panthers and appeared in six games over a four-year stretch. Craig gained his greatest acclaim on the field as a pro with the Scottish Claymores in NFL Europe, where he passed for a single-game league record 611 yards against Frankfort and matched another league mark with five touchdown passes in a game. He finished his professional playing career in 2002 with Indiana of the Arena Football League.
Craig and his wife, Neke, have two sons, Devin Chanse and Drake Christian.
The Craig File
Year at LSU: First (appointed Feb. 14, 2016)
Birthdate: April 19, 1974
Hometown: Prichard, Ala.
Children: Devin Chanse, Drake Christian
High School: Blount
College: Auburn (2002)
1994-97 Auburn (quarterback)
1998-01 Carolina Panthers (quarterback)
1999 Scottish Claymores (NFL Europe)
2002 Indiana Firebirds (Arena Football League)
2003 Blount (Ala.) High School (assistant coach)
2004 LSU (graduate assistant)
2005 Miami Dolphins (special teams assistant)
2006-07 Tuskegee University (quarterbacks)
2008-09 South Alabama (wide receivers)
2010-12 Florida State (quarterbacks/recruiting coordinator)
2013-15 Auburn (co-offensive coordinator/wide receivers)
2016 LSU (wide receivers)
As a Player
Season Bowl, Team, Opponent, Result
1995 Outback Auburn Penn State L, 43-14
1996 Independence Auburn Army W, 32-29
1997 Peach Auburn Clemson W, 21-17
As a Coach
Season Bowl, Team, Opponent, Result
2010 Chick-fil-A – Florida State – South Carolina – W, 26-17
2011 Champs Sports – Florida State – Notre Dame – W, 18-14
2012 Orange – Florida State – Northern Illinois – W, 31-10
2013 BCS National Championship – Auburn – Florida State – L, 34-31
2014 Outback – Auburn – Wisconsin – L, 34-31
2015 Birmingham – Auburn – Memphis – W, 31-10