Craig Yeast


Position: Wide Receivers

Craig Yeast brings a wealth of playing & coaching experience to the Football University Coaching Staff! Yeast played college football at the University of Kentucky for four seasons, from 1995 to 1998. When he graduated, Yeast was the all-time leader in career receptions in the history of the Southeastern Conference, with 208 catches, and was second in career receiving yards with 2,899. In 1998, he returned three kickoffs and one punt for touchdowns. As a senior, he was a third-team All-American according to College Football News and was also a consensus All-Southeastern Conference first-team selection and a semi-finalist for the Fred Biletnikoff Award.

Yeast was the third pick of the fourth round in the 1999 NFL draft. He played for the Cincinnati Bengals and the New York Jets. His best NFL season came as a Bengal in 2000 when he caught 24 passes for 301 yards (12.5 average) and had one rushing attempt for 15 yards. Yeast then went on to play four seasons in the CFL with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Yeast had 158 pass receptions for 2,706 yards (17.1 yards per catch) and 13 touchdowns. In 2004 Yeast had 59 catches for 1,184 yards (20.1 average) and 8 touchdowns. In 2005 Yeast had 65 catches for 1,010 yards (15.5 average) and 3 touchdowns. On July 29, 2006, Yeast was released by the Tiger-Cats. Following his years as a Tiger-Cat, Yeast had a short stint with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.[1]

After one season as head coach at Bryan Station High School in Lexington, Kentucky, Yeast became wide receiver coach at Tiffin University in Tiffin, Ohio. On March 3, 2014, he became the head football coach at Fremont Ross High School in Fremont, Ohio.  December 2018, Yeast was hired as the head coach at Kentucky Wesleyan College in Owensboro, Kentucky. February 15, 2022, Yeast takes over the head coaching job for the Mercer County Titans in his hometown of Harrodsburg, Kentucky

Playing Career

  • University of Kentucky (1996-1999)
  • Cincinnati Bengals (1999-2000)
  • New York Jets (2000-2001)
  • Hamilton Tigercats (2002-2006)
  • Saskatchewan Roughriders (2008)

Coaching Career

  • Bryan Station High School (Head Coach)
  • Tiffin University (2014)
  • Fremont Ross High School (2015-2018)
  • Kentucky Wesleyan College (2018-2021)
  • Mercer County (2022-present)

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