DESTIN, Fla. — You might think Dameyune Craig’s departure to LSU was a lateral move after spending three seasons at Auburn.
The receivers coach, who held the same position at both schools, doesn’t see it that way. And apparently neither does LSU coach Les Miles, who has high hopes for the former Auburn quarterback and assistant coach.
“He’s got a quarterback’s mentality in terms of how he looks at a play and it starts with formation,” Miles said last week at the SEC’s spring meetings. “He is trained as well to lift that position group as anybody that I’ve had. He’ll be special.”
Craig will coach receivers at LSU. It may be the same title he held at Auburn, but he doesn’t see it as a lateral move because of his “personal” and “team” goals.
“I’ve always said those as a player, now as a coach, that you just want to see growth and development in your career on and off the field and that was part of the reason that I’m coming here,” Craig said at his introductory press conference Feb. 17. “Getting a chance to work with coach Miles is definitely not a lateral move.”
Craig’s departure from Auburn arrived at an awkward time: only 11 days after signing one of the nation’s top receiving classes at Auburn.
Miles “absolutely” believes Craig will grow into a bigger role at LSU or elsewhere in the near future.
“I think he’s a coordinator and soon-to-be head coach at some point in time,” Miles said.