Football heritage has helped Coastal QB change roles

CONWAY, S.C. (WCIV) -- If there is one thing to know about the Craig family -- they love their football.

Art Craig is the longtime head coach at Timberland High School. His son Wyatt is starting for the Wolves these days. Dylan is a student manager for the Gamecocks. And Art's oldest son, Cody, is a former quarterback for his father and now a red-shirt junior at Coastal Carolina.

Cody Craig's love for the game is helping him make a few adjustments and a position change as well. But there's no denying his passion for his team and the game.

"I'm going to stay in football the rest of my life. I'd love to play after college and if it doesn't happen I'll be a coach. It's what I want to do," Craig said.

But for a guy who lives for football, it's been a tough couple of years not seeing the field much as a backup quarterback for Coastal.

"Cody is a wonderful athlete. He understands the game, smart, well-coached by his dad," said Coastal's head coach Joe Moglia. "At end of the day, he recognized Alex was going to be QB going forward. He's a good enough athlete he could adjust to other positions."

So he has.

With plenty of reps at tight end, Craig should be seeing the field plenty this fall.

"With the offense we ran basically the same thing I did in high school; a lot more plays and stuff, blocking, running routes. I enjoy the physical part. The biggest difference is I'm a lot sorer than playing QB at practice. I've adapted real well -- enjoying it," Craig said.

Coming from a football family and having his dad as a coach has helped Craig in his transition into a new role at Coastal Carolina.

"If I tell him, he's going to tell me to stop being a punk -- get out there and play. He's not forgiving in that aspect. It helps out he knows a lot about positions -- helps me out a lot," Craig said.

He's a football guy and he'll do whatever it takes to stay on the football field.