On being given a scholarship:
As a walk-on, that's the dream, immediately, as you get to a college team, to earn a scholarship, since day one. It's a tough grind. It's not an easy grind as a walk-on. You have to deal with humbling yourself and all it's going to take is hard work and work under the map a little bit to work your way up. Eventually, you have to get noticed and good things start to happen. And the most important is to earn the trust of your offensive coordinator and receivers coach, and once you can do that and show that you belong, it makes it an easy decision for the coaches.
On the process of winning over a new staff:
I had to make a new name for myself. Coming in with Coach Neuheisel, that was a great opportunity to get her at UCLA and that was the goal right away, to have a good year right away and earn a scholarship. Then the new staff came in, new names, didn't know who I was, all it was about then was committing to the grind, and working really hard to try to create a name for yourself and let them know who you are.
On how long it took for the new staff to know his name:
Until you deserve to have them know your name. Until you impress them and show them you're a guy who can play, you'll stay under the radar.
On when he realized he could play at this level:
I would say coming in after my freshman year. When you do scout team, and you commit to scout team, that's where you get the most looks so you come out you can't think 'I'm on scout team' or have a bad attitude. You come out and think 'if I'm out here against the No. 1 defense, and I do well, that's going to get noticed.' My freshman year, when I came on and did a good job against our defense, that's when I got noticed. It was all about the work for scout team.
On feeling as a walk-on, scholarship players get it better:
Yeah, that's part of the commitment when committing to a school. Guys come in and say 'hey, I'm going to come in and play, I'm not coming in to sit around, I'm coming in to play.' So as a walk-on, you have to understand that. You have to understand the commitments coaches made to scholarship guys and that's just part of the grind. You have to say 'I'm just as good and I can play with these scholarship guys.' Once you break that barrier of saying I'm not just a walk-on, I'm a guy who can play, than it all works out.
On the frustration of being a walk-on at times when you know you're out-performing scholarship players:
There is probably nothing more frustrating than that. But like I said, it's all part of the process. When you come out here and have that bad attitude, and have it in your mind, that I'm better than that guy, this isn't how it should be, then you're not going to make any progress. Once you accept the fact that that is part of the deal and the system, and really commit to working hard and getting notice, hard work pays off eventually.
On if he'd recommend someone walking on at UCLA:
Absolutely. Even not being on scholarship, this is the greatest place to be. There is no place I'd rather be than at UCLA.
On his feeling on the offense:
After a year, last year was the first year we had been introduced to the offense. We started to pick it up. This year, it's been a night and day difference. This year, we really see the big picture with how the offense should work. I think Brett definitely looks awesome back at quarterback and the receivers have figured it out. So I think it's going to be something special.
On when he finally got it:
It's all about how much time you put in to film and playbooks. I really think that it's how much time you put into it. You get out of it what you put into it. I'm a visual learner. I have to get out here and I have to run it and i have to learn the plays. I'm not as big on the playbook as I am learning the plays, so when I'm out here, as fast as we go, we're getting a lot of reps in so it's easier for me to pick things up as we go. And I picked it up pretty quick and everyone learns at different paces, but you definitely get out of it what you put in.
On watching film:
With our offense, film is big and that's part of seeing the big picture. When you come in at first and you're learning a new offense, you come in and learn your play and run it. But as the offense has evolved from last year to this year, guys on our team now, the same receivers are seeing the big picture, and thats from film. And with our coaches Mazzone and Yarber doing a great job of explaining how things really work, it's really starting to sink in with us.
On his size:
I round up. I say I'm 6-1. It's all part of the game. Shorter guys usually try to boost up. But if you're comfortable with where you're at, and you perform, there is no need to lie about it. I'm 190. My goal weight is 190. So I'm right where I should be, I'm eating right, lifting right and everything is on the right track.
On how he's improved:
Maturity wise, obviously that comes with time, but route-running and being disciplined in running routes and learning coverage's and where other guys are, that's a big part of Coach Yarber, I've never had a receivers coach that I could just sit and listen to and constantly learn stuff from so I owe a lot of credit to him. Coming out here, route discipline and work with the offense, so I can make adjustments on the fly when we're running, really it benefits the whole team, and not just my individual routes. I feel like I have improved in my route discipline. We call him the Yarbanator. No matter what comes out, its something useful and all for our benefit. And everything he says, you want to pay attention to.
On if he pays attention to the depth chart:
Absolutely. It changes, it varies. I've been in the second group and that comes with hard work and even last year, it doesn't really matter where you are, things happen, injuries happen and you always need to be ready, whether you're in the first group, second group or third group, you need to be ready to play. So me being in the second group lately has been a motivational part for me. I'm in there with the big dawgs and I can't afford to make mistakes and do things that will get me out of it so that's a big part of my motivation, doing things that keep my spot. That was a big part of my boost that came with the scholarship is that I feel a better sense of belonging and that I should be up there and I worked hard for that spot. It all comes with the scholarship and the confidence that the coordinator and Yarbs have in me so that's also satisfying.
On if he expects to play on Saturday:
I hope so. That's the plan. That's part of the thing with our offense, the tempo, we've got fresh bodies and fresh legs in there all the time and it makes it really hard for defenses to keep up with us. So that's part of the thing, being with that second group, you're obviously expecting playing time and that's a big deal so come Saturday, we'll see how it goes and if the best guys are playing, it should be exciting.
On if he's gotten game action:
I got in a couple of plays and I scored my first touchdown against Baylor in the bowl game. It's a bigger responsibility this year. I had some playing time last year and that was more than I could have hoped for, this year, I have a little more responsibility.