BATON ROUGE, La. — Dameyune Craig was hired away from Auburn to help mentor LSU’s talented wide receiving corps, but the first-year assistant hasn’t completely forgotten his roots.
A former SEC quarterback at Auburn, Craig has utilized his experience under center to help alter the mindset of LSU’s wide receivers.
That has made a major difference quickly, Tigers junior receiver D.J. Chark said after Thursday’s spring practice session.
“This spring, I feel like a lot of the receivers like me, Malachi (Dupre), Jazz (Ferguson) and Tyron (Johnson), we know what Brandon (Harris) is thinking,” Chark said of LSU’s quarterback. “Having Coach Craig talk to us from a quarterback’s standpoint is showing a lot on the field.
“It’s very helpful because if we’re running a route, we know where the quarterback is looking to try and put the ball. He (Craig) telling us what they’re looking for really helps, and it shows when we’re running one-on-ones with the defensive backs or seven-on-seven or team pass. All of those things show up because that’s what Coach (Cam) Cameron is teaching in the quarterback room.”
There are other things being discussed in the quarterback room.
This spring, one constant theme has been the supposed quarterback competition between Harris and former Purdue transfer Danny Etling.
Chark pleaded the fifth regarding who will be the starter, though he hinted there is one obvious candidate based on which quarterback is taking the first-team reps.
“Everything is always a competition,” Chark said. “Brandon is our leader right now, but Danny is constantly pushing him, and that’s good competition.”
More importantly, Chark believes Harris has made significant strides this offseason, not only physically but mentally as well.
That elevated level of maturity is something the wide receiver has already noticed on the field.
“Brandon has stepped up a lot with his confidence and his leadership,” Chark said. “I feel like he’s more of the SEC quarterback we want out there on the field. He has experience under his belt and he’s stepping up, and having Coach Craig telling us what Brandon is looking for is helping us out.”