AUBURN - For Dameyune Craig, the chance to return to his alma mater and make some history in the process was too much to turn down.
Dameyune Craig spent three seasons at Florida State
Craig, who broke records as Auburn's starting quarterback in 1996 and 1997, joined first year Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn's staff as co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach Thursday night. He is the first African-American to hold an offensive coordinator title at Auburn.
“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 spent the past three seasons at Florida State, working on the staff of Jimbo Fisher, his position coach 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.
Malzahn welcomed Craig back to Auburn.
“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.
In addition to his recruiting duties, Craig served as quarterbacks coach, where he helped develop EJ Manuel and Christian Ponder.
Craig came to Florida State after a two-year run at South Alabama, where he coached 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.
A native of Pritchard, Craig 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.