Griffey focusing on getting better ... and sister's arrival
AUG 04, 2014 8:30p ET
TUCSON, Ariz. -- The last thing Trey Griffey wanted to do was talk about himself as Arizona's football camp begins.
Others? No problem.
Family? Of course.
Never mind that his third year -- he sat out his first year as a redshirt -- should be even better than last season, given how he played like a seasoned veteran by year's end. He started the final four games and had the look of a budding star, finishing with 14 receptions and two touchdowns.
The two scores came in Arizona's impressive 42-19 win over Boston College in the AdvoCare V100 Bowl game.
"All that is over with," he said when asked about last year's great finish and transition into this season. "I'm more worried about what the team is doing. I'm not keying on one person and what they did. We're keying on how the team is doing and how it'll get better.''
It's clear there is no I in Trey, the son of former baseball great Ken Griffey Jr.
Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez describes Griffey as a "hard worker and extremely conscientious." And, of course, he should be better.
With the return of Austin Hill from injury and the addition of transfers Cayleb Jones and DaVonte' Neal, Griffey will have to be to earn his opportunity.
Wide receivers coach Tony Dews said Griffey's made big strides since his arrival two years ago.
"He's improved his quickness," Dews said. "He did a great job in the weight room to make himself stronger. A year -- two years really -- in the system he understands things a lot more. In the first (few) practices he's had limited mistakes compared to this time a year ago and this time two years ago."
Dews says the pecking order of wideouts has yet to be established, but that's of minimal import at this time.
"They are all the same," he said. "That's the beauty of it. And it's great for them to understand as a group. We don't care who plays. There will be four guys, and it's good to have depth. I'm having a great time with the competition."
Griffey says he gotten "a little bit stronger" and does admit to being more comfortable in the system, but beyond that, there wasn't much to say.
"I'm just working with the team," he said. "That's key and important."
What may be most important is he'll have a second Griffey -- and likely more visitors -- around this fall and winter. His younger sister Taryn will be a freshman at Arizona and a member of the UA women's basketball team.
"It's great because I'm going to be able to see her every day," he said. "I'll get to help her go through the college transition. I'm just trying to be a big brother.
"Basically, my sister was my best friend growing up. I didn't let her play with Barbies growing up like most girls would. We'd go out and play basketball, throw a baseball. She's athletic, athletic as you can be. The most athletic in the family."
And that's saying a lot. Their grandfather was a star major-league outfielder, their father is a shoo-in for the Baseball Hall of Fame, and Trey is coming on as key wide receiver on a group that arguably is as good as any in the nation collegiately.
How the roles sort themselves out for all the receivers remains to be seen. Griffey would rather talk about the chance to watch his sister play in November.
"I missed her senior year because we played at the same time," he said. "I'll get to see her here. I'm happy with that."
Rodriguez said Arizona fans will likely see more of all the Griffeys this year.
"You'll probably see his mom here more now that his sister is here," Rodriguez said. "They have a house in the hills and with both here, I imagine Mom and Dad will be here even more."