Just a quick recap of what this countdown is. Over the next few weeks, we will take a look at our choices for the 25 people who will have a short-term and a long-term effect on the rebuilding of the Auburn football program.
2) Dameyune Craig, wide receivers coach
By Aaron Brenner
Kudos to whoever it was who wouldn’t take no for an answer. Gus Malzahn, Pat Sullivan, Bo Jackson, Pat Dye … whichever guy decided Craig had done enough for Florida State and it was time to bring him home to his alma mater, that was a tide-turning moment in Auburn football. Rodney Garner received the credit for the 2013 class, but now is Craig’s time to shine as Auburn sets out crafting the 2014 prospects. And don’t forget, Craig is probably the reason Nick Marshall picked Auburn over Texas and Kansas State.
But it’s not just recruiting. And it’s not just looking GQ-ready, which Craig usually does in his relative off time. Wide receiver was (Emory) Blake and a black hole in 2012 – blame Trooper Taylor all you want, or don’t, but that position was cataclysmic by major conference standards. What’s intriguing is that Auburn wants Craig to lead that group – it’s not impossible to ponder if Craig, a former quarterback and Florida State’s ex-QB coach, had agreed to move to Auburn initially, maybe he’d be the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Speculation aside, Craig has the command over this young and promising group, which has plenty of motivation to step up and restore this offense’s customary swag