The Arizona Wildcats take on the Oklahoma State Cowboys this Thursday at 5:00 Pacific Time in a nationally televised game that could have huge repercussions for the two teams. Days before the match-up takes place, though, both squads are dealing with player issues. Wildcats receiver Juron Criner missed his second day of practice due to an illness, according to Arizona Daily Star. Meanwhile, Cowboys starting safety Johnny Thomas tweets he is ineligible for the season.
Criner is Arizona's best receiver and has developed quite a bit of chemistry with quarterback Nick Foles. He will travel with the team and could play if he gets better ahead of the game, but there is no guarantee. The Wildcats will certainly need their top receiver if they want to make some noise and pull off the upset.
Meanwhile, Thomas dropped the bombshell that he is ineligible for the season on Twitter earlier Tuesday. Questions surfaced when he was held out of last Saturday's season opener with eligibility issues, but no answers came to light until Thomas' statement. The exact reason for his ineligibility still remains unclear at this point.