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Sunday, January 17, 2010

Former Auburn Quarterback Dameyune Craig Lands Job as FSU Quarterbacks Coach

Former Auburn quarterback Dameyune Craig has been hired by Jimbo Fisher to serve as Florida State's next quarterbacks coach.

Craig played quarterback under head coach Terry Bowden at Auburn from 1993-1997.

He started his junior and senior seasons on the Plains, leading the Tigers to an Independence Bowl victory over Army and a Peach Bowl victory over Clemson.

In Craig's final season, Auburn won 10 games and the Western Division of the Southeastern Conference, but fell short to highly favored Tennessee 30-29 in the SEC championship game.

Before his record-breaking career as a quarterback at Auburn, he won two state championships at Mattie T. Blount High School in his hometown of Mobile, Ala.

He sat two years behind starter Patrick Nix at Auburn but eventually won the MVP of the annual A-Day game and then the starting job.

Upon graduation from Auburn, Craig played in mostly a back-up role for the Carolina Panthers from 1998-2001. He then fell off the depth charts and was traded among three other professional teams in 2002 before calling it quits for his playing career.

Craig has since coached in both the college and professional ranks, including stints at LSU, Miami, Tuskegee, and most recently at South Alabama, in various roles.

The 35-year-old father of two will recruit the Mobile area, as a huge portion of Florida State's players come from the southwest Alabama and northwest Florida belt.

In his other coaching jobs, he's quickly made a name for himself as one of the country's most prolific recruiters.

The coach joins new FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher's staff—a hire that's unique.

Fisher was Craig's offensive coordinator during his career at Auburn, a fact Craig commented on during a recent interview with the Mobile Press-Register .

"Coach Fisher has been a major part of my life from the moment I met him," Craig said. "He coached me at Auburn, but he even recruited me when he was at Samford, but they didn't think they could (sign) me. So when he went to Auburn (as an assistant coach), I was the first person he called.

"It's going to be exciting to learn football from him, and being a part of his staff...I'll get a chance to learn from one of the best, if not the best, offensive minds in the country.

"That's exciting. I'll get a chance to work with him and learn from him. I'll be able to get under his wing and become a better coach. It's a great situation for me."

The hire adds to a staff that looks poised and highly capable of bringing FSU back to the top of the college football ranks.

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