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Report: medical issue could cost Criner season

Posted on: June 29, 2011 12:51 pm
Edited on: June 29, 2011 2:14 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

It's far too soon to panic, but Arizona could be staring down the barrel of a major, major blow to its 2011 hopes.

That's if you listen to Arizona Daily Star columnist Greg Hansen, who dropped this little bombshell into a piece about Canyon Del Oro High School's Pac-12 recruits (emphasis added):
[Wildcat running back signee Ka'Deem] Carey's availability somewhat offsets concerns that All-Pac-10 receiver Juron Criner might not be available for training camp in August. Criner's status for the 2011 season remains uncertain because of undisclosed medical reasons.
To reiterate how big a deal this might be (and how surprised we are to see a lead like this buried), Criner isn't just your average All-Pac-12 wideout, if there are such things. We're talking about the nation's seventh-leading receiver a year ago with 1,244 yards, a second-team All-American, a first-round lock in next year's NFL Draft and the Wildcats' leading receiver a year ago by more than 30 receptions and 700 yards.

If Criner really does miss the entire 2011 season, this is a hammer blow for a team that's already struggling mightily with injuries. (How mightily? Try four different ACL tears.)

As for the likelihood of that scenario, as we said, the time for the wailing and gnashing of teeth from Wildcat fans isn't at hand just yet. But it doesn't look good. The Mercury News's Jon Wilner reports (in response to Hansen) that Criner withdrew from a recent ESPN "publicity tour" over what was termed a "family matter." He added this:
I heard last night that it’s not an injury, but it’s serious.
If it is, so are the offensive issues suddenly confronting Mike Stoops' football team.


Since: Apr 19, 2009
Posted on: June 29, 2011 4:46 pm

Report: medical issue could cost Criner season

On the flip side, losing criner gives you aa excuse for why you'll suck again.

Since: Feb 3, 2011
Posted on: June 29, 2011 3:31 pm

Report: medical issue could cost Criner season

Loosing Criner would be a major blow to our offense, but all would not be lost.  We still have our signal caller Nick Foles, plus towering Texas transfer WR Dan Buckner.  Buckner showed serious playmaking ability in practice last year, so it's not as if their isn't any talent besides JC on our bench.  My biggest worry is on the defensive side where the majority of those knee injuries have occured.

Since: Dec 13, 2007
Posted on: June 29, 2011 3:13 pm

Report: medical issue could cost Criner season

This whole story is strange and really wonder what is going on?  However, if there is a position where we can afford to lose a guy, even our best guy, it's at WR.  Buckner looks like the real deal and Miller was really stepping up at the end of the year.  We still probably have the best WR corps in the Pac 12 even without Criner.  Hope everything is OK with JC and either he heals quickly or his family situation comes out well.

Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: June 29, 2011 2:59 pm

Report: medical issue could cost Criner season

If true, this would be a cripling blow to any chance Arizona has of being a contender in the Pac 12.  With games at Oklahoma State, vs Stanford, vs Oregon, at USC, and at Oregon State to start the year after a warmup against Northern Arizona, even being out for 5-6 weeks would be devistating.  With a new offensive line, Foles would lose a very valuable target.  If this is NOT an injury, but a "family matter" then who knows what may or may not happen.  The term "family matter" can mean anything.

Since: Feb 3, 2011
Posted on: June 29, 2011 2:36 pm

Report: medical issue could cost Criner season

As a Duck fan, it's a shame to see such a talented player possibly out with an injury for the season. I always want the Ducks to play opposing teams with a full (or close to it) complement of their players. Criner is crazy good so hopefully he can come back this season, not just for my selfish reasons but for him personally.

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