2005 Heisman Trophy Candidate|
2005 Maxwell Award Semifinalist
2005 Doak Walker Award Semifinalist
NCAA Leader in Punt Returns
Fourth in NCAA in Scoring
Sixth in NCAA in All-Purpose Yards
Maurice Drew In The News
10/28/05 - UCLA's Maurice Drew: Running with a spirit, San Francisco Chronicle
10/28/05 - Pacing a legend, Orange County Register
10/27/05 - UCLA: The reluctant Heisman candidate, LA Daily News
10/26/05 - UCLA Back's No. 1 Fan Always With Him, LA Times
10/25/05 - Bruins seek more of Drew, Orange County Register
10/25/05 - UCLA's Drew makes his name, honors grandfather, USA Today
10/23/05 - Bruins' Drew more than OSU's defense can handle, The Oregonian
10/19/05 - The Bruins' Reluctant Hero, Eugene Register Guard
2005 Fast Facts
MAURICE DREW CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
One of the top players in the nation, junior tailback Maurice Drew has played himself into Heisman Trophy consideration. He is on the Watch List for the 2005 Maxwell Award, given to the nation’s outstanding player and for the Doak Walker Award, presented to the nation’s best running back.
Drew leads the nation in punt return average (29.07) 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 fourth in the NCAA in scoring, averaging 11.40 points per game. He has scored a career-high 19 touchdowns — 12 running, four receiving and three on punt returns. Drew ranks ninth nationally in all-purpose yards (165.30) with only 20 yards on kickoff returns.
He is averaging 24.11 yards per touchdown this season and scores every 11.16 times he touches the football.
In 10 games, he has accounted for 1,653 all-purpose yards (165.30 average) and is averaging 7.80 yards every time he touches the football. He leads the Bruins in rushing (81.60).
He has scored 19 touchdowns, No. 3 on UCLA’s single-season list, and is averaging 24.1 yards on those touchdowns, including four of at least 60 yards. He is third on the squad with 28 receptions and is averaging 14.6 yards per catch, highest among players with at least seven receptions.
In UCLA’s wins over Washington, California and Washington State, all come-from-behind victories, he scored the winning touchdown. Against Washington, he scored the winning touchdown with 1:08 remaining. Against California, his 28- yard reception with 1:35 remaining gave UCLA the lead for good and he iced the game with a touchdown on the last play of the game. Against Washington State, he scored the winning touchdown in overtime. In the come-from-behind win at Stanford, he scored the tying touchdown on a one-yard run with 46 seconds left in regulation.
This season, Drew has 23 plays of at least 20 yards (six runs, five punt returns, 11 receptions and one kickoff return) and eight have resulted in touchdowns.
In his 34-game career, he has scored 38 touchdowns, including seven receptions, four punt returns and two kickoff returns. Sixteen scores have measured at least 40 yards. His 4,478 all-purpose yards are a new school record, his 38 touchdowns rank No. 4 in school history, his 228 points rank ninth and his 2,405 rushing yards rank 10th on that UCLA career list.
In the 21-point comeback win at Stanford (Oct. 29), he accounted for 175 all-purpose yards on 26 touches. He rushed for 82 yards and two touchdowns on 18 attempts, tied for the team lead with a career-best six receptions for a team-high 87 yards and netted six yards on two punt returns. He scored UCLA’s first touchdown on a six-yard run with 7:04 remaining in the fourth quarter and tied the game with 46 seconds remaining in regulation on a one-yard run.
In the win over Oregon State (Oct. 22), he accounted for 250 all-purpose yards on 26 touches. He rushed for 120 yards on 21 attempts (his ninth career game over 100 yards) and he made three receptions for 67 yards, including UCLA’s first two touchdowns on catches of 43 and 20 yards. He also returned two punts for 63 yards, including a return of 59 yards to set up his second scoring reception.
In the 21-point comeback win at Washington State (44-41 in overtime) on Oct. 15, he accounted for 187 all-purpose yards. He ran for 109 yards (career-high 29 carries), including 19 of UCLA’s 20 yards in overtime, scoring the winning touchdown on a one-yard run, and made three receptions for 78 yards, including a 45-yard catch-and-run for a third quarter touchdown.
He was at his best in the Oct. 8 victory over No. 10 (AP) California.
Drew dominated the game with 299 all-purpose yards - 162 on punt returns, 65 rushing, 52 receiving and 20 on a kickoff return -- and tied his own school record with five touchdowns -- three rushing, one receiving and one on a punt return. He averaged 14.24 yards on each of his 21 touches against the Golden Bears. His 299 all-purpose yards rank No. 5 in the NCAA this season.
In the first quarter, with UCLA trailing 14-0, he returned a punt 69 yards to give the Bruins a first down on the four-yard line and they scored on the next play. His first touchdown, a 12- yard run, allowed UCLA to tie the score at 14-14. His oneyard run with 21 seconds remaining in the half brought the Bruins to within six points (27-21).
In the third quarter, he gave the Bruins their first lead when he returned a punt 81 yards for his third touchdown of the night. It was the longest punt return of his career and the third longest scoring punt return in school history. It was also his third scoring punt return of the year and fourth of his career, tying UCLA and Pac-10 records in both categories.
In the fourth quarter, he took a swing pass from Drew Olson in the right flat, broke a tackle and raced down the sideline for a 28-yard touchdown to give the Bruins a 41-40 lead with just 1:35 remaining in the contest. Following Trey Brown’s interception, Drew scored on a fourth-down run from the twoyard line on the game’s final play for the margin of victory.
For his efforts, he was named the Walter Camp Football Foundation National 1-A Offensive Player of the Week, The Sporting News National Player of the Week, the Cingular Wireless/ ABC Sports All-America Player of the Week and the Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week.
On UCLA’s first offensive play of 2005, he broke through the line and sped 64 yards for a touchdown at San Diego State. In the second quarter, he scored on a one-yard run and then broke the game open by taking a punt back up the middle for a 72-yard score.
Despite touching the ball just once in the second half, he finished the night with 194 all-purpose yards, 114 on the ground on 11 carries and 80 on two punt returns. He averaged 14.92 yards each time he touched the ball and scored three times on those 11 opportunities.
Against Rice, he accounted for 168 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns. He rushed for 95 yards, including a four-yard touchdown that gave the Bruins the lead for good, on 11 carries.
He had one run of 42 yards. He also returned a punt 66 yards for a score and made two receptions for seven yards.
In the win over Oklahoma, he accounted for 100 all-purpose yards and one touchdown (a nine-yard run) one week after the death of his grandfather. He rushed for 69 yards on 15 carries, including a 38-yard run on the first play following an Oklahoma touchdown that cut the lead to 10 points (34-24).
Against Washington (Oct. 1), he accounted for 101 all-purpose yards. He rushed for 33 yards on 14 carries and scored the winning touchdown with 1:08 remaining on a one-yard blast.
He also made five receptions for 43 yards and returned two punts for 25 yards. In the second quarter, he had a 65-yard touchdown on a punt return wiped out due to a penalty and was credited with a six-yard return.
At Arizona on Nov. 5, he had 15 touches (12 rushes, three receptions) and accounted for 66 all-purpose yards (41 rushing, 25 receiving).
Against Arizona State on Nov. 12, he accounted for 113 allpurpose yards and one touchdown. He carried 23 times for 88 yards, including a one-yard touchdown in the second quarter, and made two receptions for 25 yards.
In 2004, Drew averaged 8.19 yards every time he touched the football (1,606 yards on 196 touches). He averaged 6.3 yards per rush and five of his eight rushing touchdowns were at least 47 yards (40.63 avg., 325 yds.), including runs of 62, 58 and 57 yards. Overall, he scored 12 touchdowns -- eight rushing, three receiving and one punt return. Drew, with 1,007 yards in 2004, became the 10th Bruin to rush for at least 1,000 yards in a season. It was the 17th time in Bruin history that a back has had a 1,000-yard season.
Drew ranked T-ninth in the Pac-10 in scoring (6.55 points/game).
He averaged 15.2 yards on 10 punt returns and would have led the league, but was two returns shy of qualifying.
At the time of his ankle injury against Washington State, Drew ranked second in the nation and led the Pac-10 in all-purpose yards (179.75). He also ranked 16th in the NCAA and second in the Pac-10 in rushing (111.50 avg.) and 13th in the NCAA and second in the Pac-10 in scoring (9.00 points per game). Overall in 2004, he ranked third in the Pac-10 and 17th in the nation in all-purpose yards (146.0). Drew achieved that ranking despite leaving the WSU game in the first quarter (sprained ankle) and carrying twice against USC. His total of 384 all-purpose yards at Washington was the best in the nation.
Drew had nine plays of at least 40 yards in 2004 (five runs, two receptions, one kickoff and punt return) and scored on seven of them. He had 25 plays of at least 20 yards (13 runs, five receptions, one punt and six kickoff returns), including nine touchdowns.
His total of 1,606 all-purpose yards ranked No. 4 on UCLA’s single-season list. He was the first UCLA player to have at least 100 yards in all four all-purpose categories in the same season.
Drew enjoyed the greatest rushing afternoon in UCLA history in the Bruins’ 37-31 victory at Washington in 2004. UCLA rallied from a 24-7 first-quarter deficit on the legs of Drew who totaled a school-record 322 yards, breaking DeShaun Foster’s mark of 301 yards, set in 2001 against Washington.
Drew also scored a school-record (rushing and overall) five touchdowns on runs of 47, 62, 58, 15 and 37 yards. In the first quarter alone, he rushed for 169 yards and three touchdowns on four attempts. He finished the first half with 235 yards and four touchdowns on 13 attempts.
Drew’s 322 yards rank No. 3 all-time in the Pacific-10 conference, bettered only by Reuben Mayes’ 357 for Washington State (1984) and Ricky Bell’s 347 for USC (1976). He tied the Pac-10 record for rushing touchdowns, held by five players, and compiled a Pac-10 record 384 all-purpose yards. In 2003, Drew led the team in rushing (582 yards) and returned two kickoffs for touchdowns (vs. Oklahoma and USC). He was named first-team Freshman All-Pac-10 as a kick returner by The Sporting News. Drew’s 83-yard touchdown run from scrimmage against Arizona State was the longest of the 2003 season in the conference. His total of 176 yards rushing against the Sun Devils ranked as the second-best total ever by a UCLA true freshman.
Receptions: 5 vs. Stanford, 2004; Washington, 2005
Receiving Yards: 92 vs. Oklahoma State, 2004
|2005 Drew Rushing (* indicates game started)|
|@San Diego St.*||11||114||10.4||2||64|
|2005 Drew All-Purpose Yards (*indicates game started)|
|@San Diego St.*||114||0||80 (1)||0||194||3|
|2004 Drew Rushing (* indicates game started)|
|San Diego St.*||21||161||7.7||1||57|
|Wyoming (Las Vegas)||25||126||5.0||0||0|
Drew’s Career Touchdowns (Rushes unless noted)
2005: 64, 1, 72 (PR), 4, 66 (PR), 9, 1, 12, 1, 81 (PR), 28 (REC), 2, 45 (REC), 1, 43 (REC), 20 (REC), 6, 1, 1
2004: 47, 47, 62, 58, 15, 37, 57, 27 (REC), 43 (REC), 2, 68 (PR), 3 (REC)
2003: 3, 91 (KOR), 9, 83, 9, 2, 99 (KOR)
|UCLA Season All-Purpose Yards|
|1. Theotis Brown||1978||1,283||74||0||447||1,804|
|UCLA Career All-Purpose Yards|
|1. Maurice Drew||‘03-||578||2,405||776||559||738||4,478|
|2. Gaston Green||‘84-87||752||3,731||281||-||271||4,283|
|3. Craig Bragg||‘01-04||307||151||2,845||961||207||4,164|
|4. DeShaun Foster||‘98-01||797||3,194||548||57||229||4,028|
|5. Theotis Brown||‘76-78||594||2,914||301||-||729||3,944|
|UCLA Career Rushing|
|1. Gaston Green||’84-87||708||3,731||5.27|
|8. Kevin Nelson||’80-83||574||2,583||4.50|
|9. Kermit Johnson||’71-73||370||2,495||6.74|
|10. Maurice Drew||’03-||464||2,405||5.18|
|UCLA Season Touchdown List|
|1. Skip Hicks||1997||26|
|2. Skip Hicks||1996||20|
|3. Maurice Drew||2005||19|
|4. J.J. Stokes||1993||17|
|4. Gaston Green||1986||17|
|UCLA Single-Season Scoring List|
|1. Skip Hicks||1997||26||0||0||156|
|2. Skip Hicks||1996||20||0||0||120|
|3. John Lee||1984||0||21||32||117|
|4. Maurice Drew||2005||19||0||0||114|
|5. Chris Sailer||1997||0||52||19||109|
|UCLA All-Time Touchdown List|
|1. Skip Hicks, RB||1993-94,96-97||55|
|2. DeShaun Foster, RB||1998-01||44|
|3. Gaston Green, >RB||1984-87||40|
|4. Maurice Drew, RB||2003-||38|
|5. Gary Beban, QB||1965-67||35|
|UCLA’s All-Time Scoring List|
|1. John Lee||1982-85||0||135||85||390|
|2. Skip Hicks||93-94,96-97||55||0||0||330|
|6. Chris Griffith||1999-02||0||136||42||262|
|7. Gaston Green||’84-87||40||4||0||248|
|8. Justin Medlock||2003-||0||106||38||220|
|9. Maurice Drew||2003-||38||0||0||228|