University of Iowa Athletics

#45 Deontae Craig

Height 6-3
Weight 266 lbs.
Class Jr.
Hometown Fort Wayne, Ind.
High School Culver Academies
Deontae Craig - Football - University of Iowa Athletics

Hawk-Item – – One of six juniors named to 2023 Player Council.

2023 Honors – – Preseason second-team All-Big Ten by Phil Steele… 2023 – – Matched a career-high five tackles (one solo, four assists), including one tackle for a loss of three yards, and one QB pressure in 31-0 loss at Penn State… recorded one QB sack for one yard, one pass break-up, and one QB pressure in season-opening 24-14 win over Utah State… collected three tackles (one solo, two assists) in 20-13 win at Iowa State… had two tackles (one solo, one assist) and one QB pressure in 41-10 win over Western Michigan… started at defensive end in first four games.

2022 Honors – – Coaches Appreciation Award, defense… Coaches Appreciation Award, special teams… 2022 – – Played in all 13 games… recorded 31 tackles (12 solo, 19 assists), including 10 for a loss of 65 yards and 6.5 QB sacks for seven yards… tallied three QB hurries, three forced fumbles, 1 blocked punt, one pass breakup and recovered one fumble… posted a career-high five tackles (two solos, three assists) in 24-3 win at Purdue, with a shared QB sack… matched career-high with five tackles in 24-10 win over Wisconsin, including one solo tackle and four assists, with 1.5 QB sacks and one QB pressure… first blocked punt of career vs. Wisconsin led to Iowa’s first touchdown of the game… had three tackles in 27-14 loss to #4 Michigan, including one solo tackles and two assists… QB sack and forced fumble vs. Michigan resulted in 21-yard loss… collected three tackles in 33-13 win over Northwestern, including two solo tackles and one assist, with two tackles for loss, 1.5 QB sacks and a forced fumble… had two solo tackles in 13-10 win at Minnesota… recovered fumble inside Iowa 10-yardline with five minutes remaining to stop a potential scoring threat… collected four tackles in 21-0 Music City Bowl win over Kentucky, including three solo tackles and one assist… career-best 3.5 tackles for loss vs. Kentucky, with one QB sack and a forced fumble.

2021 – – Saw action in 12 of 14 games, missing games vs. Purdue and Wisconsin due to injury… collected 14 tackles (4 solo, 10 assists), including 2.5 tackles for loss of 18 yards, and 1.5 QB sacks for 15 yards… had two tackles in 23-20 win over #4 Penn State, including one solo tackle for a QB sack, and one assist… recorded one solo tackle and one assist in first action of career in 34-6 win over #17 Indiana… recorded one assisted tackle in 27-17 win at #9 Iowa State, which was a shared QB sack… collected three assisted tackles in 42-3 loss to #2 Michigan… posted two assisted tackles in 20-17 Citrus Bowl loss to #22 Kentucky., including a shared tackle for loss.


2020 – – Redshirted… did not see any game action.

High School Honors – – Named to IFCA Top 50 as a junior and senior… named to Indiana Digest Prime Time 25 as a junior… Class 4A all-state as a junior… Career – – Earned four letters as defensive end… helped prep team post 29-14 four-year record… team captain as a senior… holds school records for career tackles, career and season sacks, and tackles for loss in a season and career… also earned four letters in basketball, including winning a state championship.

Personal – – Born 10/29/01… sports studies major… Silver A recognition as a senior… parents are Shanette and Deon Craig… high school coach was Andrew Dorrel.