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Arizona Wildcats Football: Juron Criner Set To Lead Talented Group Of Wide Receivers

Arizona's wide receivers for the upcoming season have a chance to become one of the best groups in program history.

The unit will be led by All-American candidate Junor Criner. The senior-to-be had somewhat of a conspicuous off-season filled with false rumors and reports, though he is back on campus and ready to wreck havoc on the Pac-12. Criner, who hauled in 1,233 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns last season, will be Nick Foles primary target on offense and could become a first or second round draft pick with a big season. Anything less than a big season would be a disappointment for Wildcat fans.

The newcomer to wide receiver is Texas Longhorns transfer Dan Buckner. The junior, who sat out last season, has a monster frame at 6'5, 220 pounds and has the coaching staff drooling over his ability to catch the ball while running across the middle. It may take some time to get adjusted to the offense at game-speed, but Buckner has all of the talent to become a big weapon for the Arizona offense.

David Douglas may not get the recognition others do, but he was as solid and consistent as they come last year. The senior-to-be grabbed 52 passes for 515 yards and five touchdowns last season and he'll look to improve those numbers with the increased number of options for Foles to pass to. For a team planning to throw the ball religiously, you can never have too many options to catch the ball.

Slot-receiver David Roberts thrived in his role last season and will continue to be one of the primary targets for the quick screen and slant routes that Arizona features so predominately in their playbook. In addition to Roberts, Terrence Miller will also see time in the slot and plan to use his size to out-muscle linebackers who attempt to cover him.

While the names listed above all figure to see solid playing time this season, guys like Richard Morrison and Austin Hill could have breakout seasons. Both had excellent summer and fall workouts. 

For all of the uncertainty surrounding the running back position, the wide receiving unit comes in as steady as any in the country. Size, speed and skill; it's a common factor with each of the weapons Nick Foles and the Wildcats will have this season.

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