Receiver Ricky Marvray had the most-talked about offensive play in UCLA’s scrimmage Saturday afternoon, a highlight-reel quality, leaping grab over defensive back Anthony Jefferson for a gain of about 25 yards.
But even though the play drew rave reviews from fans, Marvray wasn’t all that excited about it.
“I caught that ball over Anthony Jefferson and that’s something to be happy about, but that’s a freshman and I should do that so I’m not too happy about it,” Marvray said. “It’s a nice play, but I’m trying to do that over an [Aaron] Hester or a Sheldon Price. Not to take away from Anthony Jefferson, he’s a good player, but it’s something I should do—you feeling me?—he’s a new guy.”
That Marvray is not satisfied comes as no surprise to the Bruins coaching staff. Marvray, a redshirt freshman, has always been a hard worked and shared the Charles Pike Memorial Award last season given to the team’s outstanding scout team player.
“Ricky Marvray comes out to every practice like it’s the Super Bowl,” Coach Rick Neuheisel said. “If more guys can get that, we’re going to get where we need to be so we just keep pushing that kind of tempo and that kind of mentality.”
Marvray said his attitude comes partly from his high school coach Matt Logan at Corona Centennial High and partly from his desire to get some playing time this season.
“Every day, I wake up and I say, ‘What am I going to do today that is going to show these coaches that I need to be playing,’” Marvray said. “Whether it’s a big catch, a big block or a big run, I feel like I need to be every day giving them a new reason why I should be on the field.”