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  Ricky Manning, Jr.
Ricky Manning, Jr.

Player Profile
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Fresno, CA

High School:
Edison

Height / Weight:
5-9 / 180

Position:
CB

Birthdate:
11/18/1980

UCLA — This true senior has demonstrated that he is one of the top cornerbacks in the nation and a prime candidate for All-America honors … Named second-team pre-season All-America by Street & Smith’s and Lindy’s and third-team by Athlon … Also on the pre-season Nagurski Trophy (national defensive player of the year) list … He enters the season with a streak of 32 consecutive games started since moving into the lineup in the 1999 Fresno State game … A two-time first-team All-Pacific-10 Conference selection, he could become only the seventh Bruin to earn first-team all-league honors three times since two-platoon football began in 1964 (quarterback Gary Beban, linebacker Jerry Robinson, defensive lineman Manu Tuiasosopo, safety Kenny Easley, defensive lineman Terry Tumey and offensive tackle Vaughn Parker are the others) … An outstanding all-around athlete (he is also a professional baseball player in the Minnesota Twins organization during the summers), he possesses experience and competitiveness and an attitude that he can not be beaten … A savvy performer, Manning is tough and aggressive and has the knack of making the big play … Enjoyed a productive Spring Practice, focusing on the little fundamentals of the position … Also worked hard at becoming a team leader … His fellow players respond to his work ethic, according to the coaches … An outfielder in baseball, he played in the Gulf Coast League (Ft. Myers, FL) in the summer of 2000 and hit .275 in 26 games with an on-base percentage of .427 … He scored 20 runs, had 10 RBI and stole six bases … The left-handed batter was assigned to Elizabethon, TN, in the Appalachian League for the summer of 2001 and hit .253 in 22 games wih a .364 on-base percentage and four stolen bases … He played on the same team as Joe Mauer, the nation’s number one selection in the 2001 Major League Baseball Draft … In the summer of 2002, Manning played for Quad City, IA, of the Midwest League.

2001 — Manning, a Jim Thorpe Award pre-season candidate listee, earned first-team All-Pac-10 honors for the second straight season in the vote of league coaches … He has started in each of the last 32 games after making his first career start against Fresno State in 1999 … On the year, he was second on the team with his three interceptions and ranked sixth (tied) with 36 tackles, including two for losses … Was on the field for at least 60 plays in nine games … Saw action in 83 snaps at Stanford and 77 at Washington State … Manning was at his best in the 20-17 victory at Alabama … He made four solo tackles, including one for loss … He forced Alabama’s Ahmaad Galloway out of bounds at the two-yard line, helping the Bruins complete a fourth-quarter goal line stand … He also intercepted a pass that the Bruins turned into a field goal and defensed two other passes … Against Kansas, he made his second interception (which led to a touchdown) and had four tackles, including one for loss … In the win at Oregon State, he recovered Jason Stephens’ fumble of an interception and advanced it 17 yards to set up UCLA’s first touchdown … In the win over Washington, he made four solo tackles and had one pass defensed … In the victory over California, he made his third interception of the year, defensed two passes and was credited with three tackles … At Stanford, he made four tackles and had one pass defense … At Washington State, he made four tackles and forced a fumble … Against Oregon, he made three tackles and had one pass defense … At USC, he made three solo tackles … Against Arizona State, he made six tackles to rank second on the squad.

2000 — Manning, who earned first-team All-Pacific-10 honors from the league’s coaches as a true sophomore, has developed a reputation for making big plays … On the year, he ranked fifth on the squad with 65 tackles (four for losses) and first with his four interceptions and 14 pass defenses … During the regular-season, he was tied for fifth in the Pac-10 with his average of 0.36 interceptions per contest and eighth in the Pac-10 in punt returns (6.67 yard average) … Manning started all 12 games and played at least 58 snaps 11 times, including 90 versus Oregon State, 85 at Oregon, 83 against Stanford and Washington and 82 at USC … In the season-opening victory against Alabama, Manning tied for the team lead with six tackles, returned an interception 37 yards and helped hold All-American Freddie Milons to just 49 yards on five receptions … In the win over No. 3 Michigan, Manning made six tackles, including one for loss … He also returned four punts for 20 yards and had a 65-yard scoring return wiped out because of a penalty … In the win over Arizona State, he was credited with three tackles, made his second interception of the year and also broke up a long pass … Against Oregon State, he was second on the squad with 10 tackles and also forced a fumble on third-and-goal at the Bruin one yard-line … UCLA converted that turnover into a field goal with 44 seconds left in the first half … At Arizona, Manning displayed his talents as a difference-maker with his third and fourth interceptions of the season … His first interception led to a Bruin field goal and his second pick came in the end zone to stop a Wildcat drive … In the win over Stanford, he contributed five tackles … At Washington, he made nine tackles … In the regular-season finale versus USC, he led the squad with a career-high 11 tackles, including one-half sack, and defensed three passes … In the Sun Bowl against Wisconsin, Manning suffered a concussion in the first quarter after making two tackles and did not return.

1999 — A starter as a true freshman 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 season-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 … Earned spot on Director’s Honor Roll in Winter 2000 with his 3.00 GPA … Sociology major.

Varsity Statistics - R. Manning
Tackles

Year

TT

T-AT

Sacks

TFL

INT

1999

53

44-9

2-19

10-47

2-83

2000

65

54-11

2-13

4-19

4-64

2001

36

30-6

0-0

2-2

3-51

Totals

154

128-26

4-32

16-68

9-198

Interception Returns

Year

No

Yds

Avg

TD

Lg

1999

2

83

41.5

0

83

2000

4

64

16.0

0

37

2001

3

51

17.0

0

20

Totals

9

198

22.0

0

83

Punt Returns

Year

No

Yds

Avg

TD

Lg

1999

10

102

10.2

0

43

2000

18

120

6.7

0

19

2001

16

53

3.3

0

16

Totals

44

222

7.9

0

43

Kickoff Returns

Year

No

Yds

Avg

TD

Lg

1999

1

20

20.0

0

20

Career Highs
Tackles: 11 vs. USC, 2000; 10 vs. Oregon State, 2000


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