UCLA - In just his first year in the program, Manning demonstrated the ability necessary to become one of the top cornerbacks in school history...An outstanding all-around athlete (he is also a professional baseball player in the Minnesota Twins organization), he possesses good skills and is very competitive...Manning is tough and aggressive and should be better than last season because of his added experience...He has a very bright future and figures to be a fixture at cornerback throughout his career.
1999 - One of the few true freshmen to start at cornerback for the Bruins, Manning ranked fourth (tied) on the squad (second in the secondary) with 53 tackles...Named third-team Freshman All-America by The Sporting News...He led the squad with 10 stops behind the line of scrimmage...He also led the team with his 10.2 punt return average (10 kicks)...Appeared in all 11 games, starting the final nine...Played at least 64 defensive snaps in 10 of 11 games, including 82 against USC and Arizona, 80 at Oregon State and 79 at Arizona State...Against Ohio State, Manning made a career-high eight tackles, including two for losses, and also broke up two passes...The following week against Fresno State, in his first start, he returned an interception 83 yards to UCLA’s 11-yard line with 12 seconds remaining to set up a Bruin field goal...In the victory over Washington, Manning made seven solo tackles, including two for losses (one sack)...He also forced a fumble, broke up a pass and returned four punts for 25 yards...He also made seven tackles against both Boise State and Arizona...At Stanford, he had six stops, including one for loss, and added four against Oregon...He also made three tackles and his second interception of the season at Oregon State and three tackles versus USC...Against the Trojans, he returned four punts for 71 yards, including a 43-yard return that was UCLA’s longest of the year… Selected defensive winner of UCLA’s John Boncheff, Jr. Memorial Award for Rookie of the Year.
HIGH SCHOOL - Lettered three years in football for coach Ray Reyes at Edison High in Fresno, CA...Rated the No. 99 player in the nation by RivalNet and by Tom Lemming (The Sporting News.com)...A SuperPrep All-American and ranked the nation’s No. 8 defensive back and the No. 10 player in the California/Arizona/Hawaii region...A PrepStar All-American who was rated the No. 2 ‘athlete’ in the Western Region...A Super 30 All-Western selection by PrepStar...Member of Long Beach Press-Telegram National 100...Cornwell All-American...Ranked 11th (tied) among cornerbacks by the National Recruiting Advisor...Member of Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West squad with eight votes...Member of Tacoma News-Tribune Western 100...First-team All-State selection by Cal-Hi Sports...Member of Orange County Register Fab 15 second team...An outstanding all-around athlete...As a senior, he made 89 tackles...Also intercepted five passes and deflected 14 others...Returned three punts for touchdowns...On offense (quarterback), he passed for 2,834 yards (rated among the top 10 all-time in Central Section history) and 30 touchdowns (rated among top five in Central Section history)...Also had 15 rushing touchdowns...Selected to play in the annual California-Texas Shrine All-Star Game...PrepStar pre-season All-American and Super 30 All-West selection...In SuperPrep’s pre-season issue, he was ranked No. 71 among players in the California/Nevada/Hawaii area...As a junior, he made over 100 tackles on defense...Passed for 1,844 yards and 21 touchdowns and ran for 914 yards and 12 scores...For his career, he totaled over 6,460 passing yards, 67 TD passes, 31 rushing TDs and seven punts returned for TD...Only the fourth player in the State to have accounted for more than 100 career touchdowns...Team Most Valuable Player for all three seasons...As a senior, he was named North Yosemite League Offensive Player of the Year and Central Section Player of the Year...As a junior, he was named League Defensive Player of the Year...Also an outstanding baseball player who stole 40 bases as a junior...Totaled over 100 stolen bases for his career and had more than 100 career base hits, each rank as Section records...Drafted in the 22nd round by the Minnesota Twins and signed to play professional baseball during his summers.
PERSONAL - Full Name: Ricky Manning, Jr....Born: November 18, 1980 in Fresno, CA...Parents: Ricky and Pauline Manning...Has two younger sisters...Lists winning the League title with a 10-0 mark and advancing to the championship game in the Valley as his biggest thrill in sports to date...Lists former Heisman trophy winner and current NFL star Charles Woodson as one of the athletes he admires most...Hobbies include basketball and video games...Lists Math as his favorite class...Earned spot on Director’s Honor Roll in Winter 2000 with his 3.00 GPA...Major undeclared.
Varsity Statistics - R. Manning
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|7||vs. Boise State, 1999|