Craig Yeast played four seasons at the University of Kentucky and finished with three career records including most receptions, yards and touchdown receptions. Yeast finished second in career receptions in the Southeastern Conference. Yeast received many collegiate honors including Third Team All-American by College Football News (1998), two All-SEC awards (1997, 1998), and was a semi-finalist for the Biletnikoff Award (1998). Yeast participated in the 1999 Outback Bowl 26-14 loss to Penn State Nittany Lions.
Yeast was drafted as the third pick in the fourth round (98th overall) of the 1999 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals. Yeast completed his best season in NFL during the 2000-2001, catching 24 passes for 301 yards and attempting one rush for 15 yards. Yeast spent the 2001-2002 season with the New York Jets before leaving for the Canadian Football League.
Yeast spent the next four years playing in the CFL for Hamilton Tiger-Cats (2003-2006), Yeast finished with 158 receptions for 2706 yards and 13 touchdowns. In 2006, Yeast was released by the Tiger-Cats and had a short stint with the Saskatchewan Roughriders before returning to Hamilton. Yeast finished second in the CFL in all-purpose yardage in 2004 and posted back-to-back 1000 yards seasons in 2004 and 2005.
After deciding to retire in 2006, Yeast returned to Kentucky to begin his coaching career. Yeast coached as an assistant coach for Lincoln County, Marion County and Washington County before landing his first head-coaching gig. Yeast retuned to Lexington and became the head coach at Bryan Station High School. Yeast took over a team that went 1-10 and finished 7-5 season, second in the district.
After one season at Bryan Station, Yeast was hired as the wide receiver coach at Tiffin University, a Division II school in northern Ohio. Yeast spent two seasons with the Dragons before taking the head-coaching job a Fremont Ross High School, 30 minutes north of Tiffin.
“If you put all those things together, when we go out there on Friday nights, the hope and the goal is for the product we put out there on the field is a tough, disciplined, nasty, great-attitude football team that plays four quarters and, when the clock says zero, we have wins,” Yeast told The News-Messenger. “I’m looking to take this program to another level and get it back to the days when we walked out on the field and people feared Fremont Ross.”
In Yeast’s first season with the Little Giants, he lead them to a 7-4 season, losing in the first round of the Ohio High School Football Playoffs. Yeast’s son, Craig “Russ” Yeast II, is going to be a senior at Ross. Yeast II is a wide receiver/cornerback and has an offer from the University of Kentucky. 247Sports has Russ Yeast’s crystal ball prediction at 100% for Kentucky.
Yeast and the Little Giants are currently preparing for the 2015-16 season that officially begins on Aug. 28 against Springfield High School in Holland, Ohio.