Arizona WR Criner likes what he sees from his quarterbacksby Anthony Gimino on Jun. 30, 2010, under Sports
Before senior receiver Delashaun Dean‘s recent legal trouble and subsequent departure from the program, Arizona’s receiving corps ranked among the best in the Pac-10.
It probably still does because junior Juron Criner can be a star and the Wildcats have excellent depth.
Criner was superb in the spring, and he said after the spring game that his surge was a matter of “just getting more comfortable around my teammates and with the plays and being on a better page with Nick Foles.”
Criner and Foles were especially in sync near the goal line, with Foles using his touch on fade passes and Criner using his 6-4 height to go up over any defensive back to get those throws.
“They can try,” Criner said of the possibility of defenses stopping that play. “But when we get down near the goal line, we’re just hoping for it. Like Coach tells us, when the ball is in the air, it belongs to me.”
As for Foles, Criner said he saw improvement this spring in Foles, who started 10 games last season after taking over for Matt Scott.
“The best thing I noticed is his eyes,” Criner said. “He has gotten a lot better with his eyes, looking off the safety, not looking to where he is actually going to throw it. He has gotten a lot better at that. And that has helped everybody a lot.”
Scott also appeared much improved this spring, using a more efficient throwing motion under the tutelage of new quarterbacks coach Frank Scelfo.
Said Criner: “The best thing about Matt is he puts a lot more touch on his passes. When he first got here, everyone knew him for having the cannon of an arm, but he’s learned how to control that.”
After the spring game, coaches were raving about Criner, including co-offensive coordinator Bill Bedenbaugh.
“The guy is a big-time talent,” Bedenbaugh said. “There are not many guys like him in the country. …
“He really understands the offense now. He’s confident. To be a great football player, you have to be confident.”