UCLA: Ricky Marvray

Rebound year for Datone Jones starts strong

September, 4, 2012
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Datone JonesThomas Campbell/US PresswireDatone Jones, shown last season, had a monster start to his season in 2012 against Rice and hopes to keep it going.

LOS ANGELES -- A year later, Datone Jones had the type of impact everyone thought he would.

Jones, looking to rebound from a forgettable 2011 season, wasted little time in doing just that by playing one of the best games of his career in the UCLA Bruins' season-opener last week at Rice.

A 6-foot-4, 275-pound defensive lineman, Jones equaled his career high with six tackles, including a sack, and made a game-changing play by forcing a fumble just before halftime of a 49-24 victory over the Owls.

It was a far cry from his start to last season, when he had only five tackles through the first five games and made it the entire season without forcing a fumble.

"I just wanted to go out there and dominate," Jones said. "It didn't have anything to do with stats. I just wanted to dominate my man every play and every chance I got."

He made an almost immediate impact. Four plays into the game, Jones sacked quarterback Taylor McHargue and two plays later the Owls punted. Then, with UCLA clinging to a 29-24 lead near the end of the first half, Jones burst through the line and disrupted the backfield enough to force a fumble. Damien Holmes scooped up the ball and ran it 44 yards for a momentum-shifting touchdown that gave the Bruins a 35-24 halftime lead.

These were the types of plays expected out of Jones last season, who looked unstoppable during camp then didn't record a sack until Week 6. He disappeared for games at a time, twice registering zero tackles in a game. In one game Thursday, he had more tackles (six), sacks (one) and tackles for a loss (two) than he had through the first five weeks last season.

Jones said he spent the offseason of soul searching. He watched game films over and over and saw a selfish player. He had missed the season before because of a broken foot so maybe he was trying to make up for lost time. He has been touted as an NFL prospect, so maybe he was trying to live up to the hype. Whatever it was, Jones didn't like what he saw.

"I was chasing stats," Jones said. "My biggest thing was making plays and chasing down quarterbacks and my ego and that was one thing I had to let go. I had to check my ego at the door. I was worried about the quarterback so much, I was looking in the backfield instead of playing the block and I wasn’t making the plays I should have been making."

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UCLA season preview: Special teams

July, 31, 2012
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With UCLA training camp set to begin Aug. 4 at Cal State San Bernardino, we're taking a preseason look at the roster and breaking down the Bruins position by position.

We've gone through the offense by looking at quarterbacks, offensive line, receivers and running backs. Before switching to defense, we'll take a look at the guys who help make that transition: Special teams specialists.

DEPTH CHARTS AT THE END OF SPRING PRACTICE:

FG Kicker
Joe Roberts (6-1, 206, So.)

Kickoffs
Jeff Locke (6-0, 207, Sr.)

Punter
Jeff Locke (6-0, 207, Sr.)
Michael Leamy (5-11, 183, Fr.)

Punt / Kickoff Return
None. These positions were listed in numerical order because of the ongoing competition.

Long Snapper
Kevin McDermott (6-4, 234, Sr.)
(others listed numerically)
Peter Hajimihalis (5-6, 180, Fr.)
Jay Weneta (6-0, 216, Fr.)
Christopher Longo (6-3, 200, Fr.)

PROJECTED OPENING-DAY DEPTH CHARTS:

FG Kicker
Ka'imi Fairbairn (6-0, 171, Fr.)
Jeff Locke (6-0, 207, Sr.)

Kickoffs
Jeff Locke (6-0, 207, Sr.)
Ka'imi Fairbairn (6-0, 171, Fr.)

Punter
Jeff Locke (6-0, 207, Sr.)
Ka'imi Fairbairn (6-0, 171, Fr.)

Punt Return
Shaq Evans (6-1, 201, Jr.)
Ricky Marvray (5-11, 192, Jr.)
Steven Manfro (5-9, 192, Fr.)
Devin Lucien (6-0, 200, Fr.)
Kenny Walker (5-9, 175, Fr.)
Randall Goforth (5-10, 173, Fr.)

Kickoff Return
Steven Manfro (5-9, 192, Fr.)
Jordon James (5-8, 193, So.)
Damien Thigpen (5-8, 178, Jr.)
Andrew Abbott (5-8, 180, Sr.)
Kenny Walker (5-9, 175, Fr.)
Randall Goforth (5-10, 173, Fr.)

Long Snapper
Kevin McDermott (6-4, 234, Sr.)
Christopher Longo (6-3, 200, Fr.)
Peter Hajimihalis (5-6, 180, Fr.)

KEY LOSSES:
Kip Smith, FG kicker, transfered.
Tyler Gonzalez, FG kicker, graduated.
Josh Smith, kick returner, graduated.
Taylor Embree, punt returner, graduated.

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UCLA preseason preview: Receivers

July, 28, 2012
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With UCLA training camp set to begin Aug. 4 at Cal State San Bernardino, we're taking a preseason look at the roster and breaking down the Bruins position by position.

We looked at quarterbacks and the offensive line earlier this week. We stick with the offense and check in a group that must replace its two most productive members over the last three season: Receivers.

DEPTH CHART AT THE END OF SPRING PRACTICE:

X (receiver)
Jerry Johnson (6-3, 211, Sr.) OR
Devin Lucien (6-0, 200, Fr.)
Sam Handler (5-10, 195, Fr.)

Y (receiver)
Joseph Fauria (6-7, 255, Sr.) OR
Darius Bell (5-10, 205, Jr.)
John Young (6-6, 255, Fr.)
Jordan Barrett (6-2, 255, Jr.)
Jackson Reeder (6-3, 194, Fr.)

F (receiver)
Ricky Marvray (5-11, 192, Jr.)
Jordon James (5-8, 193, So.)
Roosevelt Davis (5-6, 155, Fr.)

Z (receiver)
Shaq Evans (6-1, 201,Jr.)
Jerry Rice, Jr. (5-11, 185, Jr.)
Logan Sweet (6-0, 185, Fr.)
Tyler Scott (6-2, 205, Fr.)

PROJECTED OPENING-DAY DEPTH CHART:

X (receiver)
Jerry Johnson (6-3, 211, Sr.)
Devin Lucien (6-0, 200, Fr.)
Javon Williams (6-5, 180, Fr.)
Sam Handler (5-10, 195, Fr.)
Christoph Bono (6-1, 162, Fr.)

Y (receiver)
Joseph Fauria (6-7, 255, Sr.)
Darius Bell (5-10, 205, Jr.)
John Young (6-6, 255, Fr.)
Jordan Barrett (6-2, 255, Jr.)
Jackson Reeder (6-3, 194, Fr.)

F (receiver)
Jordon James (5-8, 193, So.)
Ricky Marvray (5-11, 192, Jr.)
Kenny Walker (5-10, 171, Fr.)
Ahmaad Harris (5-6, 155, Fr.)
Roosevelt Davis (5-6, 155, Fr.)

Z (receiver)
Shaq Evans (6-1, 201, Jr.)
Jordan Payton (6-2, 214, Fr.)
Jerry Rice, Jr. (5-11, 185, Jr.)
Tyler Scott (6-2, 205, Fr.)
Logan Sweet (6-0, 185, Fr.)

KEY LOSSES:
Nelson Rosario, 64 catches, 1,161 yards, 5 TDs. Graduated.
Taylor Embree, 20 catches, 228 yards, 2 TDs. Graduated.
Josh Smith, 11 catches, 243 yards, 1 TD. Graduated.
Cory Harkey, 1 catch, 10 yards. Graduated.
Anthony Barr, 3 catches, 16 yards, 1 TD. Switched to linebacker.

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UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif.--Defensive lineman Ellis McCarthy, the highest-rated defensive recruit in UCLA's incoming freshman class, underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Friday and will miss the first part of training camp, coach Jim Mora said Tuesday.

McCarthy, 6 feet 4, 305 pounds, was ranked as the No. 4 defensive tackle in the nation and was No. 43 in the ESPNU150 for the class of 2012. Mora said the injury was a lingering issue that needed to be addressed before McCarthy took the field for UCLA.

"It’s nothing serious, we just have to proceed with caution early in camp," Mora said.

In other injury news, linebacker Mike Orloff has taken a medical retirement because of a balky knee, Mora said. Orloff, a redshirt freshman, did not appear in a game for UCLA last season after undergoing surgery on the knee.

It wasn't all bad news on the injury front, however, as several players who missed all or part of spring camp have been cleared for the fall. They include: linebacker Patrick Larimore (concussion), linebacker Jordan Zumwalt (bruised kidney), receiver Ricky Marvray (back surgery) and offensive lineman Chris Ward (knee).

Mora also said that Dietrich Riley, out since a scary neck injury against California last Oct. 29, will not play this season despite showing signs of improvement after neck surgery in April. Riley had Tweeted last week that he got good news, leading some to believe he might be able to play this season, but Mora said that isn't going to happen.

"He’s doing fine, but he’s not going to play this year," Mora said. "The earliest we’re going to see him is spring. We’ve got to do what’s right for him. You know how kids that age are, they feel like they’re invincible and they start to feel really good and think they can do more than they can and we have to protect them from themselves sometimes. I will not let him out there until the spring."

Sermons, Marvray to have surgery

April, 21, 2012
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Cornerback Brandon Sermons needs surgery to repair a broken hand and receiver Ricky Marvray will have surgery to repair a disc problem in his back, UCLA coach Jim Mora confirmed Saturday.

Sermons, a reserve cornerback last season who had five tackles, tried to play through his injury with a cast earlier this week but sat out practice Saturday and will probably not return this spring. He joins Dietrich Riley (neck), Alex Mascarenas (concussion), Andrew Abbott (knee) and Librado Barocio (knee) on the list of UCLA defensive backs who are out for the spring.

Marvray, who had 28 catches for 227 yards over the last two seasons, looked good during the first week of spring practice but he has missed the last two weeks with chronic back issues. He will have surgery next Tuesday but said he would be back in time for fall camp.

Upon further review: Neuheisel on Cal

October, 30, 2011
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UCLA's rally cry for Saturday's victory over California was "Burn the Boats," a reference to a war story in which generals, invading by boat, told their troops that they had to succeed or die because the boats would be burned and there would be no way to retreat.

The win-or-die mentality worked. UCLA, with injured players all wearing shirts adorned with "BTB" in large block letters, dominated both sides of the ball in a 31-14 victory.

"You had to get the job done or that was it," coach Rick Neuheisel said Sunday during his weekly conference call with reporters. "That was the idea. And that’s where our football team was."

Neuheisel said he came up with the idea to have the injured players wear the shirts. The "BTB" writing was so large that it was conspicuous to anyone watching on television or even in the stands. Lots of guesses circulated about the meaning, such as "Back to Basics" or "Beat the Bears," but it turns out it was far more inspirational than that. Neuheisel hopes it will continue to be.

"I reminded them today that the boats are still burned," he said.

Other highlights from the call:

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Five things to watch: California at UCLA

October, 28, 2011
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1. BOUNCE BACK EFFECT
UCLA was demoralized in its last game and the Bruins will have sat on that embarrassing 48-12 defeat at Arizona for nine days by the time they take the field against Cal, so the early going in this game will tell a lot about the mindset of the UCLA players. The players say they still have pride and expect to come out with fire and energy that will show their resiliency. But if things don't go well in the first quarter and UCLA comes out flat and uninspired, that will be a bad sign not only for this game, but for the rest of the season. That would be a pretty clear indication that the team has simply given up. UCLA has shown character by following each of its first three losses with victories, but last week's loss will be much more difficult to overcome than the previous three.


CalUCLA2. ANY WARM BODIES?
The Bruins will play without five suspended players for the entire game and will miss a sixth for the first half. Receivers Taylor Embree, Shaquelle Evans, Randall Carroll and Ricky Marvray along with defensive lineman Cassius Marsh will sit out the entire game and offensive lineman Albert Cid is out for the first half because of their roles in a brawl last week against Arizona. The receiver corps is a particular issue because the Nelson Rosario and Josh Smith will be the only receivers with playing experience this season available for the game. Jerry Rice, Jr. is coming off the scout team to fill in and Jerry Johnson is expected to come back from an ankle injury that has kept him out almost a year, but Smith and Rosario will certainly need to stay near the oxygen tanks when they are on the sidelines. Marsh's absence is significant because the defensive line has struggled this season and he has been one of it's better performers.

3. BATTING DOWN THE PASSES
Cal features one of the top receiver tandems in the country with Keenan Allen and Marvin Jones. Allen leads the nation with 129.43 yards receiving per game and Jones averages 85.57. That will put a lot of pressure on the UCLA secondary, with cornerbacks Aaron Hester, Sheldon Price and Andrew Abbott in the thick of that battle. Price is still recovering from a knee injury and tried to play through it last week, but clearly wasn't at full speed. UCLA has struggled against the pass at times this season, giving up 244 yards per game through the air and top-flight receivers such as Juron Criner of Arizona, Marquess Wilson of Washington State, Markus Wheaton of Oregon State and Tyron Carrier of Houston have all had big games against the Bruins. Now they have to face two elite receivers and prevent both from breaking out.

4. RUNNING ON EMPTY
Last year when these teams met, UCLA was on a roll running the ball, having averaged 322.3 yards rushing in the three previous games but California defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast devised a defensive scheme that nullified the Pistol attack and became the blueprint for UCLA opponents the rest of the season. The Bruins gained only 26 yards rushing in that game and averaged only 128 yards on the ground the rest of the season. UCLA has a more diverse offense this year, but will rely heavily on Johnathan Franklin, Derrick Coleman and the run game this week because of the receiver shortage. Cal is No. 27 in the nation against the run this season, so if Pendergast again draws up an effective plan, it could turn into a long day for UCLA.

5. THE HOT SEAT
Keeping an eye on coach Rick Neuheisel may prove a worthwhile endeavor in this game. Publicly, he's handled a difficult week with class and dignity, but you have to wonder what's really brewing under the surface. On game day, he'll be exposed by the heat of the battle. It's doubtful much will change. He's usually pretty animated and emotional on the sideline, but look for subtle differences. Does he appear stressed? Are his players responding to his coaching? Are they listening to him? Is he yelling as much? Also try and steal a glance of the athletic department brass. Athletic director Dan Guerrero and senior associate athletic director Bob Field may give away their thoughts about Neuheisel and the direction of the program with their expressions as the game progresses.

Juggling receivers because of suspensions

October, 25, 2011
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Even regulars at UCLA practice needed a roster to tell who the players were on Tuesday.

Four regulars in the receiver rotation, Taylor Embree, Shaquelle Evans, Randall Carroll and Ricky Marvray have been suspended from the game for their parts in a bench-clearing brawl Thursday at Arizona so all four were in scout jerseys in practice.

Embree was wearing No. 11, Evans had on No. 21 and Marvray wore No. 1. Carroll wasn't even in an offensive scout jersey. He was wearing number 21 in the defensive blue. He had been working a bit as a defensive back in recent weeks, but Tuesday was the first time he spent and entire practice on defense.

Aside from the identity crisis, it also made clear just how thinned the Bruins' receiving corps will be when UCLA faces California Saturday at the Rose Bowl.

"We are always in football dealing with attrition," coach Rick Neuheisel said. "This is just an unusual amount of attrition at a particular position. So we’ve got to figure out exactly how to play the game and how to still have all the things you need as an offense to impact the defense and that’s what we’re working on."

The suspensions leave Nelson Rosario and Josh Smith as the only eligible receivers with significant experience. To pick up the slack, Jerry Rice, Jr. has been promoted from the scout team and Jerry Johnson, out for the last year while recovering from a broken ankle, will make his return.

Neuheisel said he hoped Johnson, who had five catches in a limited role last season before the injury could play about 15 plays.

"If we could get 15 plays from him, that would be a great help to us and I think we can get that," Neuheisel said. "I know he’s doing everything he can. He made a couple of plays today. I know this, they have to cover him and they have to respect that he can run."

Rice, a walk-on who has never played, also figures to contribute.

"Jerry Rice will play every play if you ask him to," Neuheisel said. "He just needs an opportunity and now he’s got one and we’ll see how he does. I’m excited to watch him."

F-back Jordon James could also get some time as a wide out and Neuheisel said Anthony Barr, out for the last three games because of a knee injury, will practice Wednesday and could be available for Saturday's game. The good news is that in Rosario and Smith, the Bruins will have two of their top three receivers for the game. Rosario leads the team with 30 catches for 558 yards and Smith has 158 yards receiving--third most among wide receivers-- and is averaging a team-best 26.3 yards per reception.

"We’ve got enough guys who have made big plays here to still play a complete football game," Neuheisel said.

The only caveat is that Smith may have to relinquish his kick return duties because he is going to be on the field for more offensive plays than usual. Smith is averaging 23.5 yards on kickoff returns.

"He certainly is a weapon back there, but we also believe Jordon [James] can do that job and do it well," Neuheisel said.

First look: California at UCLA

October, 25, 2011
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Another week, another top-notch pass offense standing in UCLA's way.

So far this season, UCLA has faced four of the top-20 passing offenses in the nation and gets a fifth Saturday when California visits the Rose Bowl for a 4 p.m. Pac-12 game.

That means that if UCLA is going to get its season back on track, the Bruins will have to find a way to contain California quarterback Zach Maynard and receiver Keenan Allen, who lead a Golden Bears offense that ranks No. 19 in the nation with 293 yards passing per game.

CalUCLAAnd not only that, but the short-handed Bruins must also figure out a way to decipher a California defense that is fourth in the Pac-12 in total defense and leads the conference in pass defense.

"We’ve got our work cut out for us," UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel said.

Allen, a 6-foot-3, 205-pound sophomore, is among the top receivers in the nation. A freshman All-American last season, he leads the country this season with 129.43 yards receiving per game and is eighth with 60 receptions. Maynard doesn't quite fit into the elite group of quarterback UCLA has faced this season, but he is improving in his first year as a starter and has passed for 1,840 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Last year when these teams met, Cal dominated with a running attack that gained 304 yards rushing in a 35-7 Golden Bears victory. Shane Vereen led that charge with 151 yards. Vereen is now with the New England Patriots, but Isi Sofele, who gained 80 yards in 13 carries in last year's game, is back and is having a strong season. He's averaging 89.57 yards per game, fourth in the Pac-12.

The Bruins are No. 106 in the nation in total defense, giving up 436.14 yards per game, so facing such a balanced offense could lead to more problems, but it's the other side of the ball that has Neuheisel most concerned.

Linebacker Mychal Kendricks, brother of UCLA linebacker Eric, is among the top defensive players in the conference, if not the country. He is third in the conference with eight tackles per game and is a key reason why Cal gives up only 115 yards rushing per game.

"They've got, in my mind, the best defensive player in the conference in Mychal Kendricks," Neuheisel said. "I think he is spectacular football player."

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Upon further review: Neuheisel Sunday call

October, 23, 2011
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Coach Rick Neuheisel addressed the issue of his job security with his players over the weekend, telling them that they need to keep the focus on the field if they are to make this a successful season.

"I told them only that our job is to focus on what we can do on the field and to forget all that outside stuff," Neuheisel said Sunday during his weekly conference call with reporters. "Nothing can be accomplished by worrying about that stuff. We do the best we can and we have to have the right mindset to go forward and the mindset has to be about playing a complete football game and enjoying playing with one another and looking forward rather than looking backward."

Neuheisel's job status has been the subject of rampant debate since Thursday's 48-12 thrashing at Arizona in which the teams engaged in a bench-clearing brawl just before halftime. Neuheisel admittedly entered this season on the hot seat and Thursday's performance seemed to seal his fate.

Athletic director Dan Guerrero said he would not fire Neuheisel during the season, but that hasn't stopped the speculation the coach is going to be let go as soon as the season ends.

"That’s for someone else to talk about," Neuheisel said. "My focus is strictly on the task at hand, which is trying to get our team ready to play a great game against Cal and see if we can’t get our third conference win."

Other highlights from the call:

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UCLA season may now be beyond saving

October, 23, 2011
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Normally after a loss such as UCLA's 48-12 embarrassment at Arizona on Thursday, a football team will try to regroup and put it in the past as quickly as possible.

This loss, however, is one that will haunt UCLA for the rest of the season.

The blowout loss stained the program for many reasons, may very well cost UCLA it's next game because of the brawl-related suspensions and all but assured that coach Rick Neuheisel, if he makes it through the season, will do so as a lame-duck coach.

To lay such a colossal egg when the team entered the game in the hunt for the Pac-12 South title is the type of bubble-bursting defeat from which a team may not recover. To try and recover with a coach who probably won't be around much longer is pretty much asking the impossible.

"We just weren’t expecting to be in this predicament that we’re in right now," quarterback Kevin Prince said. "It’s frustrating. It’s pretty bad. It doesn’t remove our goal of winning the Pac-12 South and playing for the championship, but it’s definitely a step backwards."

Lost in the fiasco at Arizona desert is the fact that, mathematically, UCLA is still in the driver's seat for the Pac-12 South title. Should the Bruins win out, it would mean victories over Arizona State and USC, the two teams ahead of the Bruins in the standings, and give UCLA the head-to-head tiebreakers over those teams.

Anyone who watched UCLA's meltdown, however, realizes that the team on the field Thursday night resembled anything but a conference-title contender. They gave up 573 total yards against a team that hadn't defeated an FBS team since the last time it played UCLA.

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Passing game is better, but is it enough?

September, 27, 2011
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UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel has gone to great lengths over the last year in an effort to improve a passing game that was among the worst in the nation last season and when the Bruins came out with 310 yards through the air in their season opener, it appeared he had, indeed, made strides.

Richard Brehaut
Jim Z. Rider/US PresswireRichard Brehaut only attempted 11 passes against Oregon State in Corvallis.
Lately, though, that Week 1 performance seems more like a passing fancy.

UCLA has passed for only 145, 176 and 146 yards in its last three games, and attempted only 12 passes Saturday against Oregon State, bringing back memories of the one-dimensional offense that stonewalled UCLA’s season last year.

But a closer look reveals that while the passing numbers don't exactly make UCLA a high-powered attack, the Bruins are a better, more efficient passing offense than they were last year. They have 789 yards passing through four games this season--more than double the 327 they had through four games last season.

They are averaging 8.87 yards per attempt and 15.78 yards per completion—both very respectable numbers and up significantly from last year’s averages of 5.32 yards per attempt and 10.45 per completion.

They rank No. 14 in the nation in yards per attempt after finishing 114th in that category last season and they are No. 6 in yards per completion, up from No. 110 last season.

"When you’re averaging that much per attempt, I don’t worry about it," Neuheisel said. "If you can throw that little and average that much per attempt then that means we’re doing what we want to as an offense."

What Neuheisel wants to do is grind it out on the ground, control the clock and play keep away. He acknowledges that it’s not always pretty or exciting to watch, but argues that it is an effective way to win.

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UCLA receivers still dropping the ball

August, 10, 2011
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If UCLA's passing attack is to improve from last season, it's going to need a better performance by its wide receivers.

Wednesday's practice didn't offer much hope in that regard as receivers continued to be plagued by the kinds of dropped passes that stifled several scoring drives last season.

Randall Carroll missed a perfectly thrown pass by Kevin Prince, freshman Devin Lucien couldn't come up with an over-the-shoulder ball after getting behind the defense, Ricky Marvray had a ball go right through his hands and Taylor Embree had one pop out of his bread basket and nearly into the arms of linebacker Sean Westgate -- who stayed with the theme and dropped it.

Later, the running backs got in on the act with Johnathan Franklin and Malcolm Jones each dropping wide open screen passes.

"As you get into camp, concentration wanes and that’s what we as coaches have to fight against," coach Rick Neuheisel said. "We have to make sure that every day is a competitive environment and we have to make sure that guys are hanging on to the ball and doing the things that they are capable of doing if we’re going to achieve our full potential.

"As disappointed as I am in it, I’m also aware that they are capable of making those plays and they will."

Each successive dropped pass drew louder and louder sighs and cat calls from the restless fans in attendance, with one fan shouting "Aw, come on!" after Carroll's inexplicable drop.

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Depth chart review: Receivers

August, 7, 2011
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Nelson Rosario, who over the spring seemed to figure out how to use his size and leaping ability, seems poised for a breakout season.
With UCLA preparing to open fall camp on August 8, we will break down the depth charts at each position in order to look at how the Bruins stack up heading into this season. We've previously looked at quarterbacks, the defensive line, the offensive line, the running backs and the linebackers. Now let's take a look at the receivers.

Current depth chart:

WIDE RECEIVER

Nelson Rosario (Sr., 6-5, 219)

Randall Carroll (Jr., 5-10, 189) OR

Jerry Johnson (Jr., 6-3, 219)

Shaquelle Evans (So., 6-1, 196)

FLANKER

Taylor Embree (Sr., 6-3, 207)

Josh Smith (Sr., 6-1, 213) OR

Ricky Marvray (So., 5-11, 187)

TIGHT END

Cory Harkey (Sr., 6-4, 270)

Joseph Fauria (Jr., 6-8, 252)

John Young (Fr., 6-4, 246)

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Video: In the huddle with Ricky Marvray

April, 11, 2011
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Caught up with redshirt sophomore Ricky Marvray following UCLA's scrimmage on Saturday. He talked about his touchdown reception, his comfort with quarterback Richard Brehaut and the strides the receivers have made since last season:

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