OSU football notebook: RB Kye Staley stands out in new role

BY JOHN HELSLEY, Staff Writer, jhelsley@opubco.com Published: September 6, 2011

Now comes word that UA star wide receiver Juron Criner missed Monday's practice with an undisclosed illness, although Wildcats coach Mike Stoops expects Criner to play Thursday night.

In addition, projected starting guard Trace Biskin is questionable with a knee injury, as is second-team running back Daniel Jenkins, who missed the opener with an ankle injury.

STOOPS: WEEDEN ‘BIG-TIME PLAYER'

While Arizona finished with a comfortable 41-10 win over Northern Arizona in its opener, the defense endured some rough patches defending the pass.

The Wildcats allowed 16 straight completions at one point and corner Shaquille Richardson, replacing the injured McKnight, was reportedly picked on repeatedly.

Now the 'Cats face a step up in competition.

“This quarterback is a big-time player and a big-time thrower,” Stoops said of Weeden. “So, your precision (in the secondary) needs to be better than it was a week ago.

“Their skill guys can really run. It's going to be important that our guys compete out there on the perimeter. We're going to have to have some solo coverage out there, and you just have to make plays.”

ANDERSON LOOKING FOR MORE

Cowboys junior Isaiah Anderson scored his first career touchdown against Louisiana-Lafayette, a 7-yard reception from backup quarterback Clint Chelf.

“It was great,” Anderson said. “Clint Chelf and I were on the same page. He just laid it out into the corner of the end zone and I got it.”

For Anderson, who continually drew raves in the preseason, he took advantage of the late-game opportunity, adding a 20-yard catch and run to his night.

Now he's looking for more opportunities.

“I don't know if it will happen again Thursday,” Anderson said, “but I hope it does.”


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