VIDEO: Marcus Rios on Becoming a Starter

Aug. 20 -- UCLA cornerback Marcus Rios returned from a serious illness to win a starting spot...

Junior cornerback Marcus Rios talks about fall camp.

On camp so far:
It feels great. This is my first time I've felt good competing out here and being with my teammates. Being out here and going every play and working hard for the team, it feels good to be back out here.

On conditioning:
I'm a lot better. I'd say 100% better. No problems, no anything. I'm just ready to go everyday.

On if the illness seems a long time ago:
Definitely. I've come a long way. I'm just glad to be back out here.

On his weight:
I'm 195. I want to be 195.

On where he wants to go with his body:
I'm always looking for ways to improve my weight, my technique. Every day I can get better. One thing Coach Mora always talks to us is pushing ourselves and being better every day. Not only what I'm doing but what the team is doing.

On what he needs to work on:
Knowing more of the schemes and concepts. The more I practice it, the better I can get.

On potentially starting after all he's been through:
I've never really focused on that. I always knew the day I got out of the hospital, I would work hard every day, push my teammates. We always pride ourselves on being better every day. As a team, we all push each other every day. That's why we get better.

On their receivers:
They're really good. I think they're the best in the Pac-12. Their techniques. They push us, we push them, and we get better.

On the defense confusing offenses:
Our chemistry, as long as we're on the same page, our defense is going to do what we're supposed to do.

On the defense as a whole:
Our mindset is to get better and improve.

On this being a breakout season:
Definitely. We put the work in. I want this to be a breakout year. I put the work in in practice and that's what I want to do.

On if his size is an advantage as a corner:
To press against a bigger receiver, I have to have size and strength.

On the Cal interception:
I'm over that. I'm on to the next. Coming out here, and trying to get better.

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