Texas A&M Football: Dameyune Craig joins Aggies as wide receivers coach

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Texas A&M Football and new head football coach Jimbo Fisher announced on January 3 that the offensive coaching staff is complete.

As a proud Aggie Letterman, I received my update from Assistant Athletics Director Cathy Capps. Most everyone already knew that Dameyune Craig was on the staff, but in what capacity was never really confirmed. That all ended on January 3.

Craig was born in Mobile, Alabama. He helped lead Mattie T. Blount High School to two state championships in 1990 and 1992. Craig would take his talents to Auburn playing for coach Terry Bowden. He would redshirt in 1993 during Auburn’s undefeated season. He would be the backup to starter Patrick Nix in 1994 and 1995. Craig would become the starter for the 1996 and 1997 seasons.

Craig was signed by the Carolina Panthers as an undrafted free agent in 1998. He would play sparingly for four seasons. One major highlight in his professional career came while playing for the Scottish Claymores of NFL Europe in 1999. Craig threw for a professional American football record of 611 yards in a road victory over the Frankfurt Galaxy. He also saw action in 2002 in the Arena and Canadian Football Leagues.

Coaching resume

Craig would turn his attention to coaching in 2003 back at his alma mater Blount High School. He would spend a year there before becoming a Graduate Assistant under head coach Nick Saban and offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher.

The 2005 season saw Craig follow Saban to the Miami Dolphins as the special teams assistant coach. He left in 2006 and spent two years as the quarterbacks coach at Tuskegee University in Division II. The 2008 and 2009 seasons were back in Mobile, but this time at the University of South Alabama.

He would be hired in December of 2009 by Fisher and would spend three years at FSU as the quarterbacks coach. The quarterbacks at the time were Christian Ponder and EJ Manuel. He would also help recruit and land future Heisman winner Jameis Winston.

Craig then left to head back to Auburn under head coach Gus Malzahn as the co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach. After three season, he would join Les Miles and the LSU Tigers for the 2016 season. The 2017 season saw him back with Fisher at FSU as an offensive quality control coach.

Offensive Pedigree

Craig is a great hire for Fisher, he brings tons of experience having coached both the quarterback and wide receiver positions. And having played the quarterback position himself, he understands what needs to happen.

Working for guys like Saban, Fisher, Miles and Malzahn is not a bad place to start for a young coach with several more years in front of him.

Being a coaches kid whose dad has coached the wide receiver position his entire life makes me more than a novice with the position. I’m always the hardest on this group and I thought the 2017 Aggies played well at times, but in several games missed out on some really big plays.

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Expect this young crop of receivers now with Christian Kirk declaring for the NFL to take a big leap forward this offseason. Look for Fisher, coordinator Darrell Dickey and Craig to unveil a new offense which will help bring this group along. Heading into spring camp, there’s not one upper classmen and with the additions of Caleb Chapman and Montel Parker, this group will need to play big in 2018.