Former McCallie QB JaVaughn Craig Stepping Up For Austin Peay in Playoffs


Austin Peay is in the FCS playoffs for the first time in school history, thanks in part to the play of former McCallie quarterback JaVaughn Craig. He now has the Governors in the quarterfinals Friday against Montana State.

Craig did his Lamar Jackson impersonation in last week’s win over Sacramento State. Dodging a sack and sprinting 18 yards for a touchdown. The Govs won 42-28.

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Craig threw for 204 yards and rushed for a 164 yards in the victory. For the year, he has over 3,000 yards passing and over 700 yards rushing.

Said Craig:”Easy to say this is a surprise. Austin Peay. They’re not supposed to be there, but at the end of the day we started off with each other at the beginning of the season. We knew the guys that we had on the team. We believed in the coaching staff. We knew that we had the formula for us to put together a great season. We feel like we haven’t played our best football, especially myself. I had an interception last weekend. Some things I need to clean up.”

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Rick Nyman grew up in Anniston, Alabama and attended the University of Alabama. His television career started at WJSU-TV in Anniston where he had the opportunity to cover SEC football with Alabama and Auburn. Anniston is just 20 minutes from the Talladega Speedway, so NASCAR was a big part of his sports coverage. Due to this he was able to interview Davey Allison, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, and several other top-name NASCAR drivers. Rick's next television job was in Savannah, Georgia, where he covered basketball player Kwame Brown (now with the Washington Wizards), who later became the first ever high school player selected as the top pick in the NBA draft. He covered the PGA Tour's annual swing thru Hilton Head and also had the opportunity of covering the Atlanta Falcons Super Bowl appearance in 1999 in Miami. Rick especially enjoys all the atmosphere, tradition and drama of college football. He also likes profiling sports personalities and learning what drives them both on and off the field. If he's not covering sports, he's either watching Seinfield or David Letterman, playing golf, reading, or working out. What he enjoys about Chattanooga is the passion people have for sports. The mountainous region of Chattanooga reminds him of his hometown of Anniston, which also has big, beautiful trees and plenty of hills. You can contact Rick at