Marvray catching Prince’s eye…and ear

Kevin Prince is starting to see more – and hear more – from Ricky Marvray.
More on the field, as the UCLA redshirt freshman wide receiver has been a primary target in the early going of Spring Ball.

More in the locker room, as Marvray’s locker is right next to Prince’s, and he reminds Prince every day of it.

And more on Marvray’s phone, which has a “Football is Life” background.

“When I’m out here, I’m not just out here for fun,” Marvray said. “This isn’t a pastime. This is my passion. When I’m out here, I’m 150 percent every play. I’m not out here by mistake. This is not an accident. I’m out here to do work.”

Last year, call it a furlough.

Marvray redshirted as a freshman after performing well early in fall camp. Gradually his production and role decreased, fumbling and dropped passes becoming an issue. The game seemed to be just a bit too fast for him, or perhaps he was too fast for the game, sometimes over-running routes and generally looking raw.

Now, Marvray is making the highlight-reel grabs but also the simple outs and slants, his timing with Prince especially sharp. During Tuesday’s practice, with Colorado transfer Josh Smith nursing a tweaked knee, Marvray worked with the first unit, and caught back-to-back passes during one offense-vs.-defense session.

“We talk a lot, and he just has this love for football,” Prince said. “The background of his phone says ‘Football is Life,’ and it’s real. He’s one of those guys you want to play with. He’s out here making plays, as opposed to last year, when it was tough for him because he really wasn’t getting what was going on.”

Along with sophomore Jerry Johnson, Marvray appears to be giving UCLA some real depth at the position.

They have the swagger, they have the talent, now they just have to put it together.
“He’s not short on swagger; he’s going to look like he knows what he’s doing even when he doesn’t,” UCLA head coach Rick Neuheisel said. “That won’t ever be something we have to coach him on. What we have to do with Ricky is make sure he understands exactly what to do, how to do it, and can do it at full speed.”

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  • Coach Thom

    Sounds like another UCLA star in the making. Ricky, you make your own future. Take it by the horns and run with it.

  • Anonymous

    Jon,

    Thank you for all the hard work, I love the blog and all the info you put out there for us. I know you probably type or write about a million words a day, and you aren’t the only person who does this, but I have to get something off my chest and this seems like the best place for it:

    roll – verb (used without object)

    1. to move along a surface by revolving or turning over and over, as a ball or a wheel.

    role – noun
    1. a part or character played by an actor or actress.
    2. proper or customary function

    role player – A team athlete who plays mainly in specific situations.

    Michael Roll – Four year player on the UCLA Basketball team. Ironically, a role player for much of his career.

    I hate to be a spelling nerd but this has been driving me crazy.

  • UnwantedYetUndauntedGrammarPolice

    You might be considered more of a nerd had this been Jon’s first misuse of the terms roll/role.

  • http://www.insidesocal.com/ucla Jon Gold

    Thanks for the head’s up. Appreciate it.
    JG