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  Maurice Drew
Maurice Drew

Player Profile
Class:
Junior

Hometown:
Antioch, CA

High School:
De La Salle

Height / Weight:
5-8 / 205

Position:
TB

Birthdate:
03/23/1985

Experience:
1V

2005-- One of the top players in the nation, Drew played himself into 2006 Heisman Trophy consideration with an outstanding overall season ... He earned first-team All-America acclaim from the American Football Coaches Assoc., the Walter Camp Foundation, AP, Sporting News, SI.com and the Football Writers Association of America and second-team honors from rivals.com ... He was on the Watch List for the 2005 Maxwell Award, given to the nation's outstanding player ... He was one of 10 semifinalists for the Doak Walker Award, presented to the nation's best running back ... He was also on the list of 10 "Players ot Watch" for the Walter Camp Foundation Player of the Year Award ... Winner of UCLA's Tommy Prothro Award for Outstanding Special Teams Player. ... Drew led the nation in punt return average (28.5, a new NCAA record) scoring this year on returns of 72, 66 and 81 ... He had non-scoring returns of 69 and 59 yards and had a 65-yard touchdown return negated by penalty ... His 427 punt return yards set a new UCLA single-season record while his three punt return touchdowns tied the UCLA and Pac-10 single-season records ... Drew was eighth in the NCAA in scoring, averaging 10.00 points per game ... He scored a career-high 20 touchdowns -- 13 running, four receiving and three on punt returns ... He ranked 13th nationally in all-purpose yards (155.2) ... Drew averaged 23.65 yards per touchdown this season and scored every 11.85 times he touched the football ... In 12 games, accounted for 1,863 all-purpose yards (155.2 average) and averaged 7.86 yards every time he touched the football... The 1,863 yards ranks No. 1 in school history, breaking the record of 1,804, set by Theotis Brown in 1978. He led the Bruins in rushing with 914 yards (76.2 average). .. He scored 20 touchdowns, No. 2 (tied) on UCLA's single-season list, and averaged 23.65 yards on those touchdowns, including four of at least 60 yards... He was fourth on the squad with 31 receptions and averaged 14.6 yards per catch, second among players with at least seven receptions...In 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 ... For the season, Drew had 25 plays of at least 20 yards (six runs, six punt returns, 12 receptions and one kickoff return) and eight resulted in touchdowns ... In his 36-game career, he has scored 39 touchdowns, including seven receptions, four punt returns and two kickoff returns ... Sixteen scores have measured at least 40 yards ... His 4,688 all-purpose yards are a new school record, his 39 touchdowns rank No. 4 in school history, his 234 points rank ninth and his 2,503 rushing yards rank ninth on that UCLA career list ... 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 ... Against Oklahoma, he totaled100 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, he compiled 101 all-purpose yards, rushing for 33 yards on 14 carries and scoring 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 ... He was at his best in the victory over then No. 10 (AP) California ... Drew finished 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 ranked 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 one-yard 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 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 ... Following Trey Brown's interception, Drew scored on a fourth-down run from the two-yard line on the game's final play ... For his efforts, Drew 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 ... In the 21-point comeback win at Washington State, 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 ... Drew accounted for 250 all-purpose yards on 26 touches against Oregon State ... He rushed for 120 yards on 21 attempts (his ninth career game over 100 yards) and 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 Stanford, he totaled 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 ... At Arizona, he had 15 touches (12 rushes, three receptions) and 66 all-purpose yards (41 rushing, 25 receiving) ... Against Arizona State, he totaled 113 all-purpose yards and one touchdown, rushing 23 times for 88 yards, including a one-yard touchdown in the second quarter, and making two receptions for 25 yards ... Versus USC, he had 114 all-purpose yards, including 84 rushing on 14 attempts, 14 yards on one reception and 16 yards on two kickoffs ... He also scored on a 15-yard touchdown ... Against Northwestern in the Sun Bowl, he saw limited action after injuring his left shoulder on a kickoff return ... He accounted for 96 all-purpose yards -- 33 on two kickoff returns, 29 yards on two receptions, 20 yards on one punt return and 14 yards on three rushes.

2004 -- A powerful back with a breakaway burst of speed, the spectacular sophomore had an outstanding season ... On the year, Drew ranked fourth in the Pac-10 and 24th in the nation in all-purpose yards (146.0) despite leaving the Washington State game in the first quarter (after one carry) with a sprained ankle, sitting out the entire Oregon game and seeing limited action versus USC (two carries) ... His 384-yard effort at Washington was the nation's top total of the year ... He also had 222 yards vs. San Diego State and 221 against Stanford ... Drew ranked third in the Pac-10 in rushing with his average of 91.5 yards per game ... He also ranked seventh in the Pac-10 in scoring (6.55 points per game) ... He averaged 15.2 yards on 10 punt returns and would have ranked fourth in the Pac-10, but was two returns shy of qualifying ... 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 average, 325 yards), including runs of 62, 58 and 57 yards ... Overall, he scored 12 touchdowns -- eight rushing, three receiving and one on a punt return ... At the time of his injury, 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 with his average of 111.50 yards per game and 13th in the NCAA and second in the Pac-10 in scoring (9.00 points per game) ... Drew had nine plays of at least 40 yards (five runs, two receptions, one kickoff return and one punt return) and scored on seven of them ... He had 25 plays of at least 20 yards (13 runs, five receptions, six kickoff returns and one punt return), including nine touchdowns ... His 1,606 all-purpose yards in 11 games rank No. 4 on UCLA's single-season list ... He is the first player in school history to have at least 100 yards in all four all-purpose categories in the same season ... Drew was a second-team All-Pac-10 selection ... He was also the offensive winner of UCLA's Henry R. "Red" Sanders Award for Most Valuable Player. Drew enjoyed the greatest rushing afternoon in UCLA history in the Bruins' 37-31 victory at Washington ... UCLA rallied from a 24-7 first-quarter deficit on the legs of Drew ... On the afternoon, the 5-8 dynamo rushed for a school-record 322 yards, breaking DeShaun Foster's mark of 301 yards, set in 2001 against Washington ... He also scored a school-record (rushing and overall) five touchdowns on runs of 47, 62, 58, 15 and 37 yards thanks to huge holes, great moves, broken tackles and outstanding speed to the outside ... Drew's 322 yards rank No. 3 all-time in the Pacific-10 conference, bettered only by Reuben Mayes' 357 yards for Washington State in 1984 and Ricky Bell's 347 for USC in 1976 ... He tied the Pac-10 record for rushing touchdowns, held by five players ... His effort was the 75th 300+ game in NCAA history ... On the day, he compiled 384 all-purpose yards ... For his efforts at Washington, he was named the Walter Camp Football Foundation National 1-A Offensive Player of the Week and the National Player of the Week by The Sporting News magazine and radio, USA Today and collegefootballnews.com ... He was also named Sports Illustrated's Five-Star Player and was selected Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week ... On his first carry of the game, he burst to the outside and raced 47 yards to tie the game at 7-7 ... On his second carry, with UCLA trailing 24-7 and 2:30 remaining in the first quarter, he raced 62 yards for his second score of the quarter ... On his fourth carry, a third-and-12 with 40 seconds left in the quarter, he sped 58 yards for his third touchdown ... In the first quarter alone, he rushed for 169 yards and three touchdowns on four attempts ... He gave the Bruins the lead for good (27-24) with 4:16 remaining in the half when he scooted around right end for a 15-yard touchdown ... He finished the half with 235 yards and four touchdowns on 13 attempts ... In the third quarter, he broke several tackles en route to his school-record fifth touchdown, a 37-yard run on the Bruins' first possession of the half ... Despite suffering calf cramps, he broke Foster's record on a two-yard run in the fourth quarter ... Late in the game, he helped the Bruins run over five minutes off the clock by picking up two first downs on third-down runs ... On the day, he had eight runs of at least 12 yards, 13 of at least five yards and only one for negative yardage and one for zero yards ... Against San Diego State, he led the Bruins in rushing with his third straight 100-yard game, finishing with 161 yards and one touchdown on 21 carries ... He had four double-figure runs and just two for negative yardage ... His touchdown, which measured 57 yards, gave UCLA a 7-3 lead and included a 360-spin, two broken tackles and a footrace to the end zone ... In addition, he made one reception for nine yards, returned one kickoff for 27 yards and returned three punts for 25 yards, giving him 222 all-purpose yards ... He also completed the first pass of his career for 47 yards to Michael Pitre ... Drew saw limited action against Arizona, carrying the ball just 11 times for 22 yards ... He also made one reception for 31 yards on UCLA's first scoring drive ... At California, he accounted for 128 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns ... In the second quarter, he tied the game at 14-14 when he took a screen pass and raced 27 yards for a score ... In the fourth quarter, he turned another screen into a 43-yard touchdown, his sixth of the year which measured at least 40 yards ... On the day, he made three receptions for 76 yards, rushed for a team-high 42 yards on 14 carries and added 10 yards on two punt returns ... At Arizona State, Drew had 118 all-purpose yards ... He rushed for 54 yards on 15 attempts, made three receptions for 23 yards, returned one kickoff for 22 yards and returned one punt for 19 yards ... He scored his 10th touchdown of the year on a two-yard run in the second quarter ... Against Stanford, Drew accounted for 221 all-purpose yards ... He rushed for 105 yards on 12 attempts, made five receptions for 23 yards and one touchdown (three yards) and returned three punts for 93 yards, including a 68-yard touchdown that gave the Bruins a 14-0 lead early in the second quarter ... It was his first touchdown ever on a punt return and the fourth different type of touchdown in his career (rushing, receiving, kickoff return, punt return) ... Five of his 12 rushes measured in double figures, including runs of 30 and 20 yards ... He was named Pac-10 Special Teams Player of the Week for his efforts ... Against Washington State, he suffered a sprained right ankle on a five-yard punt return midway through the first quarter and never returned ... He rushed the ball just once and caught only one pass ... Drew did not play at Oregon the following week ... Against USC, he was hampered by the ankle injury and carried just twice for minus-five yards ... In the Pioneer PureVision Las Vegas Bowl, he flashed his form of earlier in the year ... He led both teams with 126 yards on the ground and also returned a kickoff 49 yards, finishing with 175 all-purpose yards ... In the season opener, Drew rushed for 44 yards on 12 carries against Oklahoma State ... He also made three receptions for 92 yards, including a 57-yard catch-and-run that gave the Bruins a first down at the 12-yard line with just under seven minutes remaining in the contest ... On the afternoon, he had 136 all-purpose yards ... At Illinois, Drew showed his speed and strength, rushing for 142 yards and one touchdown on 21 attempts ... On UCLA's second possession, he broke a couple of tackles and ran away from the defense for a 47-yard touchdown ... He had four runs of at least 10 yards ... Drew also returned one kickoff for 25 yards and added one reception for nine yards to total 176 all-purpose yards.

2003 -- Drew was named third-team Freshman All-America and first-team Freshman All-Pac-10 as a kick returner by The Sporting News ... Selected honorable mention all-conference as a kick returner by the league coaches ... Saw action in all 13 games, starting twice (Washington State and Fresno State) ... Played 20 or more snaps in each of the last eight games, including 48 against Fresno State and 46 at USC and Stanford ... He was the team`s leading rusher with 582 yards on 135 attempts ...First true freshman to lead the Bruins in rushing since DeShaun Foster in 1998 ... Led the team with seven touchdowns (five rushing and two kickoff returns) ... Ranked second in the Pac-10 and 14th nationally with his kickoff return average of 26.65 and 12th in the conference in rushing (44.77) ... His 83-yard run from scrimmage against Arizona State was the longest of the season in the conference ... His 15 receptions ranked tops among Bruin running backs ... Scored two of UCLA's three touchdowns against No. 1 Oklahoma ... Recovered a fumble on the three-yard line and carried it into the end zone for his first score ... Returned a kickoff 91 yards for his second score of the day ... The kickoff return was UCLA's first for a touchdown since 1999 and only its second since the 1980 season ... Rushed for 41 yards on five carries against the Sooners ... Against San Diego State, Drew returned three kickoffs for 75 yards, including one for 32 ... Against Washington, he rushed for 18 yards on four carries, including a nine-yard scoring dash late in the fourth quarter ... He also returned two kickoffs for 43 yards and caught two passes for 22 yards ... At Arizona, he carried six times for 17 yards and caught two passes for two yards ... Led the Bruins with 55 yards on 12 attempts against Cal ... Enjoyed one of the best days in school history against Arizona State when he rushed for 176 yards on 18 carries, including an 83-yard scamper down the left sideline to the end zone which put UCLA ahead in the game for good in the third quarter ... The run was the longest ever by a Bruin true freshman and ranked ninth (tied) overall on the school's list of long runs ... His 176 yards rushing rank No. 2 on UCLA's all-time list for true freshmen, trailing only Kevin Nelson's total of 186 versus Arizona State in 1980 ... At Stanford, he came off the bench to lead the team with 65 yards on 17 carries and scored two touchdowns on runs of nine and two yards ... At Washington State, he made the first start of his career and rushed for 80 yards ... Against Oregon, he came off the bench to rush for 25 yards on 13 carries and make four receptions for 18 yards ... Against USC, he returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown, the longest by a Bruin since 1980 ... He became the first Bruin since at least 1957 to return two kickoffs for touchdowns in the same season ... He made four receptions for 76 yards and rushed for 27 yards on 10 attempts ... Led the team with 65 yards on 17 rushing attempts in the bowl game against Fresno State ... He made one reception and averaged 18.0 yards on three kickoff returns.

HIGH SCHOOL -- Earned three varsity letters in football for coach Bob Ladouceur at Concord, CA De La Salle High School ... Parade All-American ... A four-star selection by rivals.com ... Rated No. 1 all-purpose back nationally by rivals.com ... rivals.com also ranked him the No. 7 prospect in the West and No. 54 nationally ... PrepStar All-American ... SuperPrep Elite 50 (No. 27) ... SuperPrep All-American (No. 3 running back) ... SuperPrep FarWest Offensive Player of the Year and No. 5 prospect ... Rated No. 3 running back in West by PacWest Football.com ... All-West selection (No. 65 prospect) by Tom Lemming ... TheInsiders.com four-star selection ... Ranked No. 6 nationally at running back by TheInsiders.com ... Max Emfinger six-star selection as all-purpose back ... Member of Tacoma News Tribune Western 100 ... Selected first-team All-State by CalHiSports.com ... Named State Running Back of the Year by CalHiSports.com ... Named Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West honorable mention ... Quick, tough compact back with great acceleration... De La Salle defeated San Leandro, 42-14, in the CIF North Coast Section 4A title game and has won 138 straight games ... Ran for 1,457 yards, averaging 11.9 yards per attempt, and 26 total touchdowns in 12 games ... Played in the CaliFlorida Bowl ... A pre-season Rivals/PrepStar All-American ... In 2001, he was selected to the CalHiSports.com All-State Junior team after rushing for 736 yards on just 59 carries ... Also a four-year member of the track team for coach Kevin Selby where he ran the sprints. PERSONAL -- Full Name: Maurice Christopher Drew ... Born: March 23, 1985 in Oakland, CA ... Parents: Dana and Andrea Drew ... Has one sister, Taylor ... Biggest thrill in sports was when his team played Long Beach Poly in the first ever battle between the nation's No.1 and No. 2 ranked high school teams and he scored all four touchdowns for De La Salle ... Athlete he admires and patterns his style after is former NFL great Barry Sanders ... Hobbies include snowboarding and swimming ... Favorite academic class is Mathematics ... Undeclared major.

Varsity Statistics - M. Drew
Receiving

Year

No

Yds

Avg

TD

Lg

2004

18

262

14.6

3

57

2003

15

104

6.9

0

28

Totals

33

366

11.1

3

57

Rushing

>

Year

TCB

Yds

YL

Net

Avg

TD

Lg

2004

160

1069

62

1007

6.3

8

62

2003

135

620

38

582

4.3

5

83

Totals

295

1689

100

1589

6.4

13

83

Kickoff Returns

Year

No

Yds

Avg

TD

Lg

2004

7

185

26.4

0

49

2003

20

533

26.6

2

99

Totals

27

718

26.6

2

99

Punt Returns

Year

No

Yds

Avg

TD

Lg

2004

0

0

0

0

0

2003

10

152

15.2

1

68

Totals

10

152

15.2

1

68

Career Highs
Touchdowns: 5 vs. Washington, 2004
Rushing Yards: 322 vs. Washington, 2004
Receptions: 5 vs. Stanford, 2004
Receiving Yards: 92 vs. Oklahoma State, 2004


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