Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Stoops: Criner on campus, ready to practice
By Ted Miller
You might not be an Arizona fan, but this is good news: Wildcats receiver Juron Criner, a potential All-American, apparently is ready to go for the 2011 season, according to a report from the Arizona Daily Star.
Coach Mike Stoops told the newspaper Monday: "We anticipate having Juron. He had some family issues that were concerning over the summer, and those are personal. We anticipate him being the same player -- or a better player -- than he was a year ago."
You might recall vague reports at the end of June about Criner's health, which inspired all sorts of rumor. The situation, never formally defined by Criner or the school, was serious enough for Criner to cancel a scheduled trip East to the ESPN studios. A source with knowledge of the situation told ESPN.com that Criner was dealing with a "non-injury, medical issue."
And it was serious enough that it could have endangered Criner's season.
But, apparently, this crisis has been averted, which is a good thing for everyone.
Criner, first-team All-Pac-10 in 2010, is one of the best players in the conference and is a leading Biletnikoff Award candidate. He led the conference in receptions (82) and receiving yards (1,233) while scoring 11 touchdowns.
We can now return to our regularly schedule hyping of the Arizona passing attack.