Dec. 1, 2005
UCLA junior tailback Maurice Drew has been selected to the AFCA Coaches' All-America team, it was announced today. He was selected as the team's punt returner.
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 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. He also ranks sixth 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.