Roger Craig played three seasons for the University of Nebraska, where he rushed for 2,446 yards and 26 touchdowns, with an average of 6 yards per carry. He was an integral running back in Tom Osborne’s I-formation option offense. He was inducted into the Nebraska Football Hall of Fame in 1989.
Craig finished his career at Nebraska just three yards shy of Rick Berns for No. 3 on the NU career rushing list. Injuries hampered an early-season experiment that saw Craig at fullback and Mike Rozier at I-back. His top rushing game of the season was a 127-yard performance in the regular-season finale against Hawaii.
The third-leading rusher in the Big Eight, Craig led NU in rushing yards with 1,060 yards on 173 carries and six touchdowns. He averaged 6.1 yards per carry and 96.5 per game. He became Nebraska’s seventh single-season 1,000-yard rusher. Craig and Mike Rozier combined for 2,003 yards from Nebraska’s I-back spot. Craig topped 100 yards four times–121 vs. Penn State, 121 vs. Oklahoma, 102 vs. Oklahoma and a career-best 234 vs. Florida State, the third-best single-game performance in Nebraska history. Craig tied the longest run in NU history with a 94-yard touchdown run against the Seminoles. In addition to his rushing exploits, Craig was fourth on the team with 12 receptions (87 yards).
Even though he was the third-string I-Back, Craig gained 769 yards on 108 carries for a 7.1 average and scored 15 TDs, good for sixth nationally in scoring. He was second in the Big Eight in scoring and seventh in rushing. He was named Big Eight offensive player-of-the-week after rushing 21 times for 176 yards and three touchdowns against Colorado with Jarvis Redwine and Craig Johnson both injured. Against Kansas State, he ran nine times for 183 yards.
For the freshman squad, Craig rushed 48 times for 447 yards and three TDs as the starting I-back. He also played part-time for the varsity.
At Davenport Central HS
Craig was an All-American and all-state performer for Coach Jim Fox at Davenport Central High School. Craig was a teammate of NU tight end Jamie Williams.
The son of Ernestine Craig, Roger was born July 10, 1960. His older brother, Curtis, played wingback for NU from 1975-77.