In 2016, Auburn’s recruiting class featured a trio of 4-star wide receivers: Nate Craig-Myers, Kyle Davis and Eli Stove. Even though the Tigers’ passing game has had its ups-and-downs over the years, Gus Malzahn has had no problem signing elite pass-catchers.
Last fall, AU was a run-heavy offense, preferring to keep it on the ground with 645 rushes to only 289 passes. For a receiver like Myers, the lack of passing plays were frustrating. He told AL.com’s Tom Green that the passing game is expanding under new offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey.
“That’s every receiver’s dream,” Craig-Myers said. “Your eyes light up. We’re a run team so when you hear the ball’s coming to the outside, the perimeter, it feels good because now we feel like we can make plays.”
Craig-Myers is looking to show that he’s still the same play-maker from his electric high school highlights. As a freshman, the Tampa Catholic (Fla.) product recorded only 4 catches for 70 yards and a touchdown.
“Sometimes you get lost,” Craig-Myers said. “It was just being a freshman. I feel like this year is better.”
If Craig-Myers is better prepared, he could be poised to shine in Lindsey’s offense. For now, the goal is simply to get better with every practice.
“Just come every day at practice and make myself better, and then making my teammates better,” Craig-Myers said. “Coming out developing, that’s the biggest thing. Did I develop and be the receiver that I need to be going to the end of spring?”