HOOVER, Ala. — If LSU is going to live up to national-championship expectations, the passing offense will need to be vastly improved from last season.
Enter Dameyune Craig, the former record-setting Auburn quarterback who is now coaching the LSU wide receivers.
Craig, who played from 1994-1997, has coached at Florida State and — most recently — Auburn, where he helped Gus Malzahn install a fast-paced spread offense that reached the national title game in Jan. 2014. He got his coaching career started under Nick Saban as an LSU graduate assistant in 2004.
Monday, Auburn wideout Marcus Davis gushed about Craig during SEC Media Days.
“He believed in me, and he gave me a shot,” Davis said. “That’s a guy that the receivers at LSU are gonna love. He’s got a great personality. He’s a great guy. He wants the best for guys that’s around him. I think it’s always good to have somebody like that: a positive person around you. A positive role model. A guy that actually played in the SEC. It’s gonna be great for those guys to have him.”
Last season was not a banner year for Auburn’s passing game, but Craig helped shepherd a group of talented receivers that included Duke Williams — currently with the Los Angeles Rams after being kicked off the Tigers in October — and Ricardo Louis, a fourth-round pick by the Cleveland Browns.
Davis thinks Craig will not only be able to help LSU’s receivers, but also quarterback Brandon Harris, whose inconsistently helped sink Les Miles’ team in 2015.
“Coach Craig is a football guy,” Davis said. “If you ask him anything, he’ll be able to respond and give you the answer you’re looking for because he’s very intelligent.”
According to Auburn’s official site, Craig still holds Tigers passing records for 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).
He threw eight career passes for the Carolina Panthers, all of which came during the 2001 season.