Awards & Honors
Craver played in every game since his arrival as a true freshman in 1998, making 38 consecutive starts (including bowl games) to end his career. He led the Huskers with eight tackles in the 2002 Rose Bowl loss to Miami. He also hauled in an interception of a first-quarter pass from the Hurricanes' Ken Dorsey.
Craver played in the bowl game with his degree in hand, graduating from Nebraska in December 2001.
Craver provided blanket coverage on the top opponent receiver and was one of NU's top tacklers, ranking among team leaders in tackles in each of his final three seasons, including a career-best 60 tackles in 2001.
He closed his career ranked second only to fellow All-American Ralph Brown with 41 pass breakups in the Nebraska record books, while his 192 tackles were the most ever by a Husker cornerback and ranked fourth all-time among NU defensive backs.
Along with his abilities as a defender, Craver showed a knack for the big play, recording 10 tackles for loss, including 2.5 sacks, and three career touchdowns (one interception and two blocked punts). He blocked four kicks in his career, scoring a pair of touchdowns on blocked kicks in 2000. In 2001, the Husker coaching staff found more ways to get the versatile Craver on the field, as the senior returned 21 punts for 246 yards (11.7 avg.) to rank 25th nationally.
A three-year letterwinner on the Nebraska track and field team, Craver helped the Huskers to back-to-back indoor league titles in 2000 and 2001 as a triple jumper. During the spring of 2001, Craver placed fourth at the indoor conference meet. He posted a career-best triple jump of 55-1. Although he did not compete in track as a senior, Craver became the first Husker male athlete 20 years to earn seven to earn seven letters in his career.
Nebraska ranked seventh in pass efficiency defense and among the nation's top 30 teams in all four major defensive categories. He earned first-team All-Big 12 honors from the Houston Chronicle and second-team all-conference accolades from The Sporting News and Dallas Morning News.
Craver scored the first points of his college career when he blocked a Baylor punt and recovered it in the end zone. He added his second career sack against the Bears, after recording his first career sack against Iowa. He scored the second touchdown of his career when he recovered a punt blocked by Aaron Terpening in the end zone at Kansas State. In the 2000 Alamo Bowl win over Northwestern, Craver had six tackles, including two for loss, and three pass breakups, which tied the NU bowl record.
Craver finished the year with three interceptions and 18 return yards, while ranking second on the squad with 12 pass breakups. Craver added two blocked punts, one fumble recovery, three quarterback hurries and two tackles for loss. He had a season-high 10 tackles against Kansas and had two fourth-quarter interceptions to preserve NU's win over Southern Miss.
Craver had two blocked punts (Iowa State, Kansas State). His block against Kansas State was one of three in the game by the Huskers, giving NU seven blocked punts on the year and 10 total blocked kicks on the season. Craver also had 10 punt returns for 106 yards, including five returns for 63 yards against Iowa.
On the season, Craver totaled 25 tackles and three breakups. He had two solo tackles in the Holiday Bowl.
At Harleton High School
Craver had 2,329 yards and 36 touchdowns as a junior to earn second-team all-state honors. In 1997, Craver was the district MVP, the offensive player of the year and an All-American as named by the National Recruiting Advisor. He had 192 tackles as a junior and senior, five interceptions and a punt and kickoff return for 80-plus yard touchdowns. Craver was also a four-time champion in the triple jump.
Craver's Career Statistics
Interception Returns: 7-115-1 Total; 1-0 yards vs. Kansas State, 1998; 2-18 vs. Southern Miss, 1999; 1-0 vs. Texas A&M, 1999; 1-57-1 vs. ISU, 2001; 1-16 vs. Baylor, 2001, 1-24 vs. Oklahoma, 2001
Punt Returns: 31-352-0; 10-106-0, 1999; 21-246-0, 2001
1998 Holiday Bowl vs. Arizona: Tackles, 2 UT, 0 AT, 2 TT
Craver's Personal Bests