BATON ROUGE – LSU filled the final vacancy on its coaching staff on Sunday as record-setting quarterback Dameyune Craig has been named the wide receivers coach for the Tigers, head coach Les Miles announced.
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.
“Dameyune is a quarterback by nature so he’s going to be a tremendous asset to us in all phases of the passing game,” Miles said. “He coached a Heisman Trophy winning quarterback at Florida State and developed some outstanding receivers at Auburn.
“He comes to us with great coaching credentials as well as being a proven recruiter. We look forward to the contributions that he’s going to bring to our football program.”
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.
“I want to thank the Auburn family for all of their love and support over the years,” Craig said. “My decision to make this career move is in no way a reflection of Auburn or the Auburn family. It is strictly a professional decision. It’s about growing as a coach and, hopefully, one day becoming a head coach.
“Auburn has played a pivotal role in my professional and personal life. Words can't express how grateful I am to the Auburn family and all of the incredible people who are part of that wonderful community. I will forever be indebted to the opportunities that Auburn gave me.”
In 2013, Auburn had the second biggest turnaround in college football history in NCAA records at +8.0 games. 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) and passing yards (3,227) in a season as well as a 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.
In three seasons at Florida State, 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.
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 Pritchard, 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.