Jan. 3, 2013
AUBURN—Former Auburn standout quarterback Dameyune Craig has been hired as co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach at Auburn, announced head coach Gus Malzahn Thursday. Craig spent the past three seasons at 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 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.
“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.
Charged with coordinating FSU's recruiting efforts, Craig's time in that role helped produced the No. 1 and No. 2 recruiting classes the past two seasons. For his efforts in 2012, Craig was recognized as the 2012 Scout/FoxSportsNext ACC Recruiter of the Year as well as the Rivals.com ACC Recruiter of the Year. He was named one of the top 25 recruiters in the country by Rivals and one of the top 50 recruiters by 247Sports.
In addition to his recruiting duties, Craig served as quarterbacks coach, where he helped develop EJ Manuel and Christian Ponder.
FSU shined in passing efficiency with Ponder in 2010, ranking third in the ACC and 44th nationally (135.7 passing efficiency). Ponder and Manuel combined to throw for 2,905 yards while Ponder completed 61.5 percent of his passes and Manuel completed 69.9 percent of his passes. Ponder was a first-round draft pick of the Minnesota Vikings in the 2011 NFL Draft.
Manuel finished his FSU career as the school career completion percentage leader (66.9 percent) while ranking in the school’s top five all-time in passing yards and total offense. In 2012, Manuel threw for 3,392 yards and 23 touchdowns while completion 68 percent of his passes, while helping FSU set a school single-season record for total offense (6,591).
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 Pritchard, Ala., native 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.
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, 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.
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.