Craft (#3) passes during an October 2008 game against the California Golden Bears
No. 3 IBM BigBlue
|Date of birth:October 15, 1985|
|Place of birth: Escondido, California|
|High school: Valley Center High School
Valley Center, California
|Undrafted in 2010|
|Debuted in 2010 for the Cougars de Saint-Ouen-l'Aumône|
Career highlights and awards
Kevin Craft (born October 15, 1985 in Escondido, California) is a former college football quarterback at UCLA, who played for the Cougars de Saint-Ouen l'Aumône, France in France and currently plays for the IBM Big Blue in the Japanese X-League.
High school years
Craft attended Valley Center High School in Valley Center, California and was an excellent student and a letterman in football, basketball, and track. In football, he was a three year letterman and earned All-California Interscholatic Federation honors. Kevin Craft graduated from Valley Center High School in 2004.
Craft originally attended San Diego State University, where his father, former SDSU Aztecs quarterback Tom Craft, was head coach. Arriving in 2005, Craft redshirted his first year; his father was fired at the end of the season and replaced by Chuck Long. Craft remained and, as a redshirt freshman, appeared in nine games and started five as the Aztecs went onto a 3-9 record in 2006; he had a 109.8 passer rating. In his first career start at San Diego State, Kevin Craft completed 20 of 32 passes for 216 yards against BYU.
Craft transferred from SDSU after the season and played football at Mt. San Antonio College (Mt. SAC) in Walnut, California during the 2007 season; again for his father Tom, who became the offensive coordinator at Mt. SAC.
Craft transferred to UCLA in time for the 2008 spring practices. He soon found himself in as the starting quarterback for the UCLA Bruins Football team after the two veteran starters, Ben Olson and Patrick Cowan, both fell to extended injuries. In the Bruins opener for the 2008 season, Craft led the Bruins to a 27-24 victory against 18th ranked Tennessee in overtime. After throwing 4 interceptions in the first half he came back to complete 18 of 25 passes for 193 yards and 1 TD in the second half.
The Bruins finished the season with a record of 4-8 (3-6 Pac-10) and failed to participate in a post-season bowl game. He competed with Kevin Prince and freshman Richard Brehaut for the quarterback position in 2009.
In the 2009 Washington game at the Rose Bowl, Craft came in after Kevin Prince went out to guide the Bruins to a one point victory, 24-23, and an end to the team's five straight Pac-10 conference losses. He had 10 of 14 completions for 159 yards with an interception.
In 2010, Kevin signed with the Cougars de Saint-Ouen l'Aumône, France. The Cougars play in the highest level of competition in France (Division 1) and in the EFAF Cup. Every team in the French national championship is eligible to sign two American players. Kevin decided to choose this challenge over his coaching job in order to help the Cougars to reach the national title. Craft chose the Cougars despite a late offer from the CFL's Calgary franchise.
During the 2010 season, Kevin completed 216 of 398 passes for 2,851 yards, 28 TDs and 13 INTs. He rushed for 245 yards and scored 4 TDs.
In 2012, Kevin played for IBM Big Blue in Japanese X-league. He was an all league selection and a rookie of the year for the central division. Craft passed for 199 yards in a May 31, 2014 game.
Craft majored in sociology and participated in the 2009 UCLA commencement ceremony with former quarterback Troy Aikman, who came back to UCLA to finish his degree.
- UCLA player's profile
- Foster, Chris - UCLA 27, NO. 18 TENNESSEE 24 (OT) Kevin Craft rallies UCLA past Tennessee. Los Angeles Times, September 2, 2008.
- Chris Foster, Craft cmes through for Bruins, Los Angeles Times, November 7, 2009
- Signature of QB 2011, lescougars July 2010