Tiger Star Craig Returning Home to Auburn

Former Auburn star Dameyune Craig will coach wide receivers for the Tigers as he makes the move to AU from Florida State.

Auburn, Ala.--Former Auburn star Dameyune Craig, one of the most exciting and popular players in Auburn football history, has been hired as co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach at Auburn.

Head coach Gus Malzahn made the announcement on Thursday night, hours after announcing Rich Bisaccia as the running backs and special teams coach.

Craig spent the past three seasons as the quarterbacks coach and recruiting coordinator at Florida State.

"This is a great opportunity for me and my family to come back home to Auburn," Craig said. "I have a tremendous amount of confidence in Coach Malzahn and the staff he has assembled and I look forward to getting Auburn back to being a force in college football. Auburn speaks for itself and I'm excited to returning to a place that holds a special place in my heart."

Craig played quarterback for the Tigers from 1994-97. 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).

"I am a life-long Auburn fan," Craig told Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I remember watching my first Auburn game on TV. When you are from the state of Alabama you automatically have to pick a side. Everybody in my house was for Alabama, but I wanted to make my own name and so things my own way so I gravitated to Auburn."

The new Auburn coach noted he grew up watching Bo Jackson, Lawyer Tillman and Reggie Slack. "I said to myself, 'When I grow up I am going to be the quarterback at Auburn University.'"

Craig, who led Auburn to an 18-7 mark in 25 career starts, was a strong student-athlete on and off the field, earning Academic All-SEC honors as a senior in 1997.

Dameyune Craig comes to Auburn from FSU.

"We're extremely excited to welcome Dameyune back to Auburn," Malzahn said. "Dameyune is one of the top young coaches in college football and has established himself as one of the best recruiters in the country. He is very passionate about his alma mater and will be a valuable asset to the Auburn football program and the entire Auburn family."

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.

Dameyune Craig

In charge of coordinating FSU's recruiting efforts, Craig's time in that role helped produced the Top 10 ranked recruiting classes the past two seasons. For his efforts in 2012 Craig was recognized as the 2012 Scout/FoxSportsNext ACC Recruiter of the Year.

In addition to his recruiting duties, Craig served as quarterbacks coach and he helped develop E.J. Manuel and Christian Ponder. Craig came to Florida State after a two-year run at South Alabama where he directed the wide receivers for head coach Joey Jones. Jones made Craig his first hire when he was charged with starting the Jaguars' football program, which played its first season in 2009 and is in the process of becoming a Football Championship Subdivision program.

The Prichard, Ala., native, who was a star at Blount High School, began his collegiate coaching career as an offensive graduate assistant at LSU in 2004 and also worked as a special teams assistant with the Miami Dolphins in 2005.

Dameyune Craig is shown in action at Auburn.

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 defeated Virginia Union in the Pioneer Bowl X to cap a 12-0 season in 2007 by winning the Black College National Championship.

At South Alabama the former star player 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.

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 began his coaching career at his high school alma mater, Blount, near Mobile, Ala., where he was an assistant coach in 2003.

Craig and his wife, Neke, have two sons, Devin Chanse and Drake Christian.

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