WR Nate Craig-Myers picking up right where he left off for Auburn football

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AUBURN, Ala. — Outside of Jarrett Stidham, no other Auburn football player energized the fan base during the annual A-Day spring game as much as Nate Craig-Myers.

The last time fans saw Craig-Myers on the field at Jordan-Hare Stadium, he caught 5 passes for 154 yards to lead all receivers in an offensive showcase for the first-team Tigers. According to Auburn receivers coach Kodi Burns, Craig-Myers carried that momentum into a strong fall camp.

“No doubt, he had a big spring. Coming off that spring game and really this summer, he’s put in the work,” Burns said earlier this month. “But also right now this fall, he’s playing multiple things, multiple positions and doing a really good job. He’s really one of the guys we’re looking at to take the next step for us and become a playmaker.”

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Craig-Myers has mostly worked at the split end, or 9, receiver position with fellow sophomore Darius Slayton. Both stand 6-foot-2, which is an ideal size for one-on-one matchups with smaller cornerbacks.

But while Slayton and other Auburn receivers such as Eli Stove and Ryan Davis are defined by their speed, Craig-Myers brings the physicality Auburn needs in a possession receiver.

“All of them bring something different to the table,” junior cornerback Carlton Davis said. “Darius is fast. Ryan is quick. Nate Craig is strong. Eli Stove is fast. They all bring something different, so it’s not like I can never take off a play.”

(Watch Craig-Myers make a highlight-reel catch at the 0:23 mark in the above video.)

The 218-pound Craig-Myers has built back up to that strength after a frustrating freshman season on the Plains. Injuries affected his play throughout the season, and he only came up with 4 catches for 70 yards last fall — much less than what was expected from one of Auburn’s highest-profile 2016 signees.

After returning to 100 percent health, Craig-Myers showed in preseason practices he has what it takes to be one of the Tigers’ best receivers.

“He’s such a big, strong, physical athlete,” Burns said earlier this year. “I think that a guy like that, you just try to hold a point and throw it in the vicinity and he should be able to come down with the ball like he did last year. Some of the catches that he had were a one-hand catch on the sideline or a dig route.”

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While he might not be a starter next week when the Tigers open their season against Georgia Southern, Craig-Myers has made a push in practice, catching the eye of offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey.

“Nate Craig-Myers has come on here in the last week or so,” Lindsey said Thursday on Auburn’s weekly Tiger Talk radio show.

Craig-Myers has the potential to be a top deep-ball threat in Lindsey’s offense, especially with a quarterback such as Stidham locked into the starting lineup.

Now that he’s injury-free, teammates say Craig-Myers looks like the player who was a highly coveted prospect at Tampa (Fla.) Catholic.

“Nate has been doing the same since high school,” Stove said. “He’s doing great. You all saw him at the spring game.”

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