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Stoops says Arizona's Criner 'ready to go'

Posted on: July 19, 2011 1:04 pm
Edited on: July 19, 2011 1:12 pm
 
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

It sounds like this summer's Juron Criner story is going to have a happy ending.

Reports late last month claimed that Arizona's All-American wide receiver status for the 2011 season was "uncertain" after an "erratic episode" that had resulted in his hospitalization. But Wildcat head coach Mike Stoops told the Arizona Daily Star today that Criner was "here and ready to go" once the team's fall camp opens on Aug. 4.

"We anticipate him being the same player - or a better player - than he was a year ago," Stoops added.

Stoops declined to offer details on Criner's summer absence from a scheduled ESPN publicity event or address the prior reports, saying only that the Biletnikoff Award Watch List member was forced to deal with "family issues" that would remain "personal."

The news could not be any better for Wildcat fans who have already had to deal with four torn ACLs on the Arizona roster this offseason, inclduing starters Jake Fischer and Adam Hall.  Criner isn't only the Wildcats' best player at any position by a substantial margin; he accounted for 31 pecent of the 'Cats 2010 receiving yardage singlehandedly. If there was one player Stoops absolutely, positively could not afford to lose this offseason, Criner was him.

Fortunately, it doesn't look like Stoops will lose him after all. Pac-12 secondaries can officially start worrying again.




Comments

Since: Mar 20, 2009
Posted on: July 20, 2011 1:59 am
 

Stoops says Arizona's Criner 'ready to go'

What the hell is "AU"?

Morons.  CBS, get it right.  CHANGE IT.

It's U of A  or UA.  NEVER FREAKING AU!!



Since: Aug 8, 2010
Posted on: July 19, 2011 7:04 pm
 

BEAT OREGON !

right on , so glad he is going to play !



Since: Jul 15, 2011
Posted on: July 19, 2011 5:53 pm
 

Stoops says Arizona's Criner 'ready to go'

Good to see that Juron is going to be able to play, but "[i]f there was one player Stoops absolutely, positively could not afford to lose this offseason" Nick Foles was him.  Criner won't suffer any from missing this summer, and you could make a case that he's better off given the injuries the Cats have incurred during the past few months; Criner is just waiting to become a 1st/2nd round draft choice next year.  Matt Scott is a good back-up QB, but the U of A will succeed of fail this year on the right arm of Nick Foles; Criner will only add to Foles' success.



Since: Apr 8, 2009
Posted on: July 19, 2011 5:50 pm
 

Stoops says Arizona's Criner 'ready to go'

ha ha, they called them AU. for some reason that really irks their fans. i would bet most of them don't even know where "AU" came from. (hint- Penn State, national TV, blowout)

on a serious side, good to see Criner coming back. Even though I root for ASU I never ill on opposing players. This young man is a great talent and is a sure fire top round draft pick.



Since: Jul 19, 2011
Posted on: July 19, 2011 4:23 pm
 

Stoops says Arizona's Criner 'ready to go'

It is not AU!!! It's the University of Arizona...UA or as we like to say. UofA!


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