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

2024 Honors – – Phil Steele preseason third-team All-Big Ten.

2023 Honors – – Honorable mention All-Big Ten by league media… preseason second-team All-Big Ten by Phil Steele… Coaches Appreciation Award, defense… one of six juniors named to Player Council… 2023 – – Started at defensive end in all 14 games… recorded 54 tackles (18 solo, 36 assists), including five tackles for a loss of 25 yards and three QB sacks for 22 yards, seven QB pressures and one pass break-up on the season… recorded a career-high eight tackles (one solo, seven assists) and one QB pressure in 26-16 win vs. Michigan State… matched a career-high eight tackles (one solo, seven assists) in 12-10 loss vs. Minnesota… had six tackles (career-high three solo, three assists), including 0.5 tackles for loss, in 10-7 win at Northwestern… collected 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… had five tackles (one solo, four assists) and one QB pressure in 15-6 win at Wisconsin… had four tackles (two solo, two assists), including one QB sack for five yards and 1.5 tackles for a loss of five yards, and one QB pressure in 20-14 win over Purdue… recorded three tackles (two solo, one assist), including one QB sack for seven yards, in 26-0 loss to Michigan… recorded one QB sack for one yard, one pass break-up, and one QB pressure in season-opening 24-14 win over Utah State… had three tackles (one solo, two assists) and one QB pressure in 15-13 win over Illinois… had three solo tackles in 35-0 loss to Tennessee… letterwinner… earned UI Center for Inclusive Academic Excellence Student Leadership Award.

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 season-high five tackles (two solos, three assists) in 24-3 win at Purdue, with a shared QB sack… matched season-high with five tackles (one solo, four assists) in 24-10 win over Wisconsin, 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 (two solo, one assist) in 33-13 win over Northwestern, including 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 (three solo, one assist) in 21-0 Music City Bowl win over Kentucky… career-best 3.5 tackles for loss vs. Kentucky, with one QB sack and a forced fumble… letterwinner.

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… letterwinner.


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 10/29/2001… CLAS non-degree major… earned a bachelor’s degree in sport studies… Silver A recognition as a senior… parents are Shanette and Deon Craig… high school coach was Andrew Dorrel.