Dec. 9, 2005
UCLA senior tight end Marcedes Lewis and junior tailback Maurice Drew (kick returner) have been selected to the All-America team of the Football Writers Association of America. UCLA was one of just four schools to have multiple players on the team.
The team was announced on Friday night at an awards dinner and ABC television taping in Orlando, FL. The show will air on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. PT on ABC (Channel 7).
On Thursday, both players were named to the Walter Camp Football Foundation All-America team.
Lewis was named the winner of the Mackey Award as the nation's top tight end on Tuesday. He leads the Bruins with 58 receptions, 741 yards (12.8 avg.) and 10 receiving touchdowns -- all career highs and UCLA records for tight ends. His 58 catches shattered the old mark of 44, his 741 yards broke the old record of 631 and his 10 touchdowns broke the mark of seven he set last year.
His average of 5.27 receptions is second nationally among tight ends and his 10 touchdown receptions rank No. 1. He ranks fifth in the Pac-10 with his average of 5.27 receptions, eighth with his average of 67.36 yards per game and third (tied) with his 10 receiving touchdowns. He ranks first in the league among tight ends in all three categories.
His 58 receptions rank No. 7 (tied) on UCLA's single-season list. His 21 career touchdown catches stand as a UCLA record by a tight end and rank No. 2 overall, trailing only J.J. Stokes' record of 28. His 126 receptions rank No. 1 on UCLA's career tight end receiving list and eighth on the school career receptions list. His 1,571 yards also rank No. 1 among tight ends and 13th overall.
One of the top players in the nation, Drew played himself into Heisman Trophy consideration at mid-season. He has also earned first-team All-America acclaim from the American Football Coaches Association, SI.com and CBS Sportsline.com.
Drew leads the nation in punt return average (29.07, which would be a new NCAA record) and has scored on returns of 72, 66 and 81 this year. He also has non-scoring returns of 69 and 59 yards and had a 65-yard touchdown return negated by penalty. His 407 punt return yards have already set a new UCLA single-season record while his three punt return touchdowns have tied the UCLA and Pac-10 single-season records.
Drew is sixth in the NCAA in scoring, averaging 10.91 points per game. He has scored a career-high 20 touchdowns -- 13 running, four receiving and three on punt returns. He ranks ninth nationally in all-purpose yards (160.64) with only 36 yards on kickoff returns.
He is averaging 23.65 yards per touchdown this season and scores every 11.45 times he touches the football.
In 11 games, he has accounted for 1,767 all-purpose yards (160.64 average) and is averaging 7.72 yards every time he touches the football. The 1,767 yards ranks No. 2 in school history, just 37 yards shy of the record of 1,804, set by Theotis Brown in 1978.
He leads the Bruins in rushing (81.82). He has scored 20 touchdowns, No. 2 (tied) on UCLA's single-season list, and is averaging 23.65 yards on those touchdowns, including four of at least 60 yards. He is fourth on the squad with 29 receptions and is averaging 14.6 yards per catch, highest among players with at least seven receptions.