Former Auburn Tigers quarterback Dameyune Craig is leaving his co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach roles with the team to return to the LSU Tigers, per Michael Bonnette of LSUSports.com.
Craig, 41, will be the receivers coach for LSU and is the fifth assistant coach to leave Auburn's staff since the end of last season, per James Crepea of AL.com. He was a graduate assistant with LSU in 2004. Craig released a statement Sunday, per Crepea:
I want to thank the Auburn family for all of their love and support over the years. My decision to make this career move is in no way a reflection of Auburn or the Auburn family. It is strictly a professional decision. It's about growing as a coach and, hopefully, one day becoming a head coach.
Auburn has played a pivotal role in my professional and personal life. Words can't express how grateful I am to the Auburn family and all of the incredible people who are part of that wonderful community. I will forever be indebted to the opportunities that Auburn gave me.
Dameyune is a quarterback by nature so he's going to be a tremendous asset to us in all phases of the passing game. He coached a Heisman Trophy winning quarterback at Florida State and developed some outstanding receivers at Auburn.
He comes to us with great coaching credentials as well as being a proven recruiter. We look forward to the contributions that he's going to bring to our football program.
Barrett Sallee of Bleacher Report said Craig's decision will impact both teams:
LSU names Auburn co-OC/WR coach Dameyune Craig its new WR coach. Huge move for LSU and tremendous loss for Auburn.— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) February 14, 2016
Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn said a replacement should be coming soon, per Crepea. "I want to thank Dameyune for his contributions during the last three years and wish him and his family nothing but the best," he said in a release. "We will work quickly to search for his replacement."
Craig's efforts should help LSU on the recruiting trail. He has coached first-round NFL draft picks Christian Ponder, EJ Manuel and Jameis Winston while luring 5-star junior college wide receiver and Louisiana native D'haquille Williams to Auburn, per Crepea.
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