The Raiders selected WR Juron Criner out of Arizona in the 5th round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Photo courtesy of the Univeristy of Arizona.
University of Arizona
Las Vegas, Nev.
Canyon Springs High School
Criner started 31-of-50 games at Arizona – 26 at split end and five at slot receiver…Caught 209 passes for 2,859 yards (13.6 ypc) and 32 touchdowns, adding 125 yards on 17 rushing attempts (7.3 ypc)…Also recorded five tackles (4 solo)…His 209 catches rank fourth in school history, as his career-high 82 receptions in 2010 rank fourth and his 75 grabs in 2011 rank sixth on the Arizona season-record chart…His twelve catches vs. Stanford in 2009 and repeated in 2010 vs. Oregon State rank second on the Wildcats game-record list behind Jeremy McDaniel's fourteen receptions vs. California in 1996…He also ranks fourth in school annals with 2,859 yards receiving, finishing third on the UA season-record chart with 1,233 receiving yards in 2010, as his 956 receiving yards in 2011 rank eighth on the school annual record list…Criner's 32 touchdown catches set the school all-time record and tied Ken Margerum of Stanford (1977-80) and Jason Hill of Washington State (2003-06) for second in Pac-12 Conference history, topped by only Dwayne Jarrett of Southern California (41; 2004-06)…His nine touchdown catches in 2009 rank tied for seventh on the school season record chart, which Criner is the UA record-holder with eleven scoring grabs for each of the 2010 and 2011 campaigns…Among his 32 touchdown receptions, Criner gained at least 20 yards on seventeen of those scoring grabs…127 of his 209 receptions produced first downs.
Criner earned All-Pac 12 Conference second-team honors from The NFL Draft Report…Started eleven games at split end…Still managed to lead the team with 75 catches (sixth on the school season-record chart) for 956 yards (eighthhighest season total by a Wildcats), averaging 12.7 yards per grab while matching his 2010 school season-record with 11 touchdown catches…Rushed once for no gain and recovered a fumbled kickoff that he advanced 24 yards in the season finale vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, as he also recorded a solo tackle vs. the Ragin' Cajuns and closed out his career with nine catches for 129 yards that included touchdowns of 9 and 35 yards…Criner had hauled in six balls for 151 yards and scored the Wildcats' first touchdown for the season on a 10-yard toss from Nick Foles vs. Northern Arizona…Made six catches for 48 yards and a score vs. Stanford, followed by nine receptions for 96 yards vs. Oregon…Found the end zone three times as he totaled 101 yards on ten catches vs. UCLA and increased his total to 11 receptions the next week vs. Washington, gaining 116 yards with a pair of touchdowns…Gave the Wildcats a 31-27 victory over Arizona State with a game-winning 23-yard touchdown reception late in the fourth quarter to capture the Territorial Cup, as he finished with 134 yards on nine grabs.* *
Criner earned All-American second-team honors from The NFL Draft Report, CBS Sports and Sports Illustrated…The All-Pac 10 Conference first-team pick led the league and ranked 19th in the nation with an average of 6.3 receptions per game, as his average of 94.8 receiving yards also led the league and placed seventh nationally…Led the team with a career-high 82 receptions, the fourth-highest total in a season by a Wildcat, as his 1,233 receiving yards (15 ypc) and 11 touchdowns established new school annual records…Gained 66 yards on eight carries (8.2 ypc) as the split end started all but the Oklahoma State clash…Pulled in 10 balls for 176 yards and a touchdown vs. Toledo…Would reach the 100- yard receiving level in four other games, including 179 yards and a score on 12 grabs vs. Oregon State, as his 12 catches are tied for second on the school game-record chart…Caught eight balls for 108 yards and a 21-yard touchdown vs. Washington and followed with 127 yards and a 41-yard score on eight more receptions vs. UCLA…Ran three times for 50 yards and scored once on nine catches for 98 yards vs. Stanford…Came off the bench to snare nine balls for 47 yards and a touchdown vs. Oklahoma State in the Alamo Bowl.
Criner played in all 13 games, starting at the slot position vs. Central Michigan, Stanford, UCLA, Southern California and Nevada…Ranked second on the team with 45 receptions for 582 yards (12.9 ypc), as his nine touchdown grabs rank tied
for seventh on the school season-record list…Carried eight times for 63 yards (7.8 ypc)…His 12 receptions vs. Stanford tied for second on the Arizona game-record chart, finishing the day with 152 yards…Added 85 yards and two touchdowns
on four catches and 39 yards on three carries the next week vs. UCLA…Scored three times via five receptions for 93 yards vs. Oregon.
Criner appeared in thirteen games as a true freshman, starting vs. Idaho, Toledo and California…Recorded 88 yards with a touchdown on seven catches (12.5 ypc).
Criner attended Canyon Springs High School, Las Vegas, Nevada, playing football for head coach Matt Jenkins…Two-time All-State receiver…Named to the Las Vegas Sun All-Decade Team in early January 2010 for his prep
accomplishments, in addition to being selected to the Class 4A All-Sunrise Region first-team…The Prep Star All-West choice led the state of Nevada with 58 receptions for 1,631 yards (28.12 ypc) and 25 touchdowns his senior year…Was also the team's scoring leader with 172 points including 10 two-point conversion catches in 2007…As a junior, he was credited with 36 catches for 788 yards on an 8-4 squad…In addition to competing on the gridiron, Criner also lettered in basketball.
PERSONAL Family Studies and Human Development major…Born 12/12/89 in Las Vegas, Nevada.