2005 -- The Bruin quarterback finished eighth in the 2005 Heisman Trophy balloting thanks to his fabulous senior season. He was one of five finalists for the Manning Award (antion's top quarterback). He was also on the list of 10 "Players to Watch" for the Walter Camp Foundation Player of the Year award and a second-team All-Pac-10 selection. In addition, he was one of seven finalists for the Unitas Award (nation's top senior quarterback) and was one of 15 semifinalists for the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award and led the Bruins to a 10-2 record, including four fourth-quarter double-digit comebacks plus a 22-point rally in the Vitalis Sun Bowl. Named offensive winner of UCLA's Henry R. "Red" Sanders Award for Most Valuable Player, offensive winner of the Captain Don Brown Award for Most Improved Player and offensive winner of N.N. Sugarman Award for Best Leadership. Played in the East-West Shrine Game. On the year, he completed 242 of 378 passes (64.0) for 3,198 yards and 34 touchdowns with six interceptions. His passing efficiency rating of 161.60 ranked fifth nationally. His 34 touchdown passes ranked second in the NCAA and first in the Pac-10 and his interception percentage of 1.587% ranked third. He ranked fifth in points responsible for with 17.83 per game. He ranked third in the Pac-10 in passing yards (266.5) and third in the league and 26th in the nation in total offense (262.5). His 34 touchdown passes also rank T-2nd on the Pac-10 single-season list. Olson's 34 touchdown passes shattered the old school record of 25, set by Cade McNown in 1998 (12 games). In his last seven games, Olson threw 24 touchdowns and just four interceptions. He had a streak of 199 passes without an interception, a school record. His 242 completions rank No. 1 in school history, having passed Troy Aikman's 228 versus USC. His 3,198 yards rank No. 2 on that UCLA list, trailing only Cade McNown's 3,470 yards in 1998. He had 12 completions of at least 40 yards this season and 48 of at least 20 yards. His 510 passing yards against Arizona State rank No. 2 in school history behind only McNown's 513 at Miami in 1998. He threw at least five touchdown passes three times this season (McNown did it twice in his career), including a school-record six against Oregon State and five each versus Arizona State and Washington State. His efficiency rating of 301.26 for the Arizona State game was the second highest in NCAA Division IA history for quarterbacks with between 25 and 49 pass attempts. In his 45-game career (38 starts (24-14) / last 27 straight), Olson had 664 completions which rank No. 2 in UCLA history. In addition, his 8,532 career passing yards rank No. 2 and his career total offense of 8,324 yards also ranks No. 2. His 67 touchdown passes rank No. 2 on the UCLA career list, one shy of McNown's school record of 68, and ninth on the Pac-10 career list. In his final 20 games, he completed 382 of 614 (.622) passes for 5,023 yards, 50 TDs and 14 interceptions. In the four fourth-quarter come-from-behind victories, he completed 45 of 61 passes (.738) for 539 yards, six touchdowns and no interceptions in the fourth quarter and overtime. In the fourth quarter/overtime of all games this season, Olson was 67 of 98 (.684) for 864 yards, 11 touchdowns and no interceptions. In the second half of all games this season, Olson was 123 of 182 (.676) for 1,477 yards, 17 touchdowns and no interceptions. Against Northwestern in the Sun Bowl, he rebounded from a tough start to lead UCLA to its greatest comeback in school history -- 22 points. In the first quarter, he threw three interceptions (matching his season total), two of which were returned for touchdowns and one which set up a touchdown, giving the Wildcats a 22-0 lead with 4:21 remaining in the first quarter. From that point on, he completed eight of 16 passes for 130 yards and three touchdowns -- two in the first half (58 yards to Ryan Moya and eight yards to Marcus Everett) as UCLA took a 29-22 halftime lead. He led UCLA on scoring drives of 80, 58, 90 and 79 yards to close the first half. On UCLA's second possession of the second half, he threw his third TD pass of the game, a five-yarder to fullback Michael Pitre. On the day, he completed 10 of 24 passes for 143 yards with three touchdowns and three interceptions. In the regular-season finale versus USC, he completed 14 of 32 passes for 146 yards and one touchdown. Against Arizona State, he was virtually unstoppable. On the evening, he completed 22 of 27 passes for 510 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions. In the first quarter, he completed eight of 10 passes for 295 yards and three touchdowns (91 yards to Joe Cowan on the first play of the game, 56 yards to Chris Markey and six yards to Marcedes Lewis). In the second half, he completed all 12 of his attempts for 195 yards and two touchdowns (seven yards to Brandon Breazell and 13 yards to Lewis). The 91-yard touchdown to Cowan was the fourth-longest pass play in school history. He became only the second Bruin to break the 500-yard plateau late in the game on Marcedes Lewis' diving 17-yard reception. He engineered five touchdown drives of at least 79 yards. The 510 yards rank No. 2 on UCLA's single-game list (Cade McNown set the school record with 513 yards at Miami) as do his 501 yards of total offense (McNown's 515 yards at Miami is the record). The five touchdown passes were one shy of his school record and the third time this year he has thrown at least five TD passes. He was selected the National Player of the Week by USA Today.com, Division IA National Offensive Player of the Week by the Walter Camp Football Foundation. He was also the Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week for the third time this season. At Arizona, he completed 23 of 38 passes for 232 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. On UCLA's final scoring drive (91 yards), he completed five of six passes (last five) for 70 yards, including his second touchdown pass to Marcedes Lewis (16 yards). In the Oct. 29 21-point comeback at Stanford, he completed 24 of 35 passes for 293 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. In the fourth quarter and overtime, he completed 15 of 20 passes for 206 yards and two touchdowns, a 31-yard strike to Joe Cowan in the fourth quarter and the game-winning 23-yard connection with Brandon Breazell in overtime. In the fourth quarter, he led UCLA on touchdown drives of 65, 72 and 66 yards after Stanford took a 24-3 lead with 8:26 remaining. The three scoring drives took just 3:40. In overtime, he hit Breazell for the winning score after a two-yard run by Maurice Drew. He was at his best in the Oct. 22 victory over Oregon State. That afternoon, he set a school record by throwing six touchdown passes -- two each to Maurice Drew and Marcedes Lewis and one each to Ryan Moya and Brandon Breazell. On the day, he completed 16 of 24 passes for 262 yards, six touchdowns and no interceptions while leading the Bruins to a 51-28 win. He moved into second place on UCLA's career touchdown passes list and was named Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week for his efforts. He also set a school record with 11 touchdown passes in two consecutive games, breaking the previous record of eight. He had 13 in a three-game span, breaking the record of 11 by Wayne Cook in 1993. In the 2005 opener at San Diego State, he connected on 10 of 15 passes for 152 yards with a long of 40. In the first half, he completed six of nine passes for 103 yards. Against Rice, he completed 18 of 25 passes (.720) for 296 yards and three touchdowns (39, 10, 11) with no interceptions. He threw five completions of at least 20 yards and had 302 yards of total offense. He completed passes to eight different receivers. In the first half, he led the Bruins to touchdowns on all six of their offensive possessions, completing 15 of 20 passes for 263 yards and three scores. In the victory over Oklahoma, Olson completed 28 of 38 passes for 314 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions. He completed passes to 10 different receivers and both times Oklahoma scored in the second half, he responded by leading a touchdown drive. When Oklahoma closed to within 20-17 with 3:25 left in the third quarter, he responded by leading a 13-play, 83-yard drive, completing six of seven passes for 78 yards, including a 19-yard scoring strike to Marcedes Lewis. On UCLA's next possession, he drove the Bruins 45 yards for another touchdown, completing three of four passes for 42 yards, including a seven-yard score to Chris Markey. Olson was named Sporting News National Player of the Week and Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week for his efforts against the Sooners. Against Washington, he completed 29 of 44 passes for 287 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. The 44 attempts tied his career high. In the second-half comeback (down 10-0 at half), Olson connected on 20 of 26 passes for 210 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. In the fourth quarter, he completed 11 of 15 passes for 99 yards and one score, including his last six attempts for 72 yards on the winning drive. In the third quarter, with UCLA starting on the UW 28-yard line following a fumble recovery, he hit Joe Cowan for 24 yards and after a run for no yards, he found Marcedes Lewis in the end zone for a four-yard touchdown. After Washington made the score 17-7, he moved the Bruins 80 yards, hitting Michael Pitre for a one-yard score on the first play of the fourth quarter. With 3:39 remaining in the game, he drove the Bruins 73 yards for the winning score, converting a key fourth-and-one from the Bruin 36-yard line. He completed six of seven passes (the final six) for 72 yards on the drive, which was capped by Maurice Drew's one-yard run with 1:08 remaining in the game. Against California, Olson rallied the Bruins to victory for the second straight week. He brought them back from a 14-0 deficit less than three minutes into the game, pulling them into a 14-14 tie just 10 seconds into the second quarter. Trailing 40-28 with 12:55 remaining, he drove the Bruins 80 yards to make the score 40-35, scoring on a one-yard sneak. With 2:30 remaining, UCLA took possession on its own 25-yard line and Olson drove them 75 yards, completing passes of 38 and nine yards to Marcus Everett. On third-and-one at the 28-yard line, he found Maurice Drew in the right flat and he sped 28 yards for the winning score. UCLA regained possession with 1:01 remaining and Olson helped run the clock until Drew scored on the final play of the game. On the night, Olson completed 17 of 33 passes for 225 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions and twice rallied his team from double-digit deficits for the win. He also moved into second place on the career total offense list. At Washington State, he rallied the Bruins from deficits of 21 points in the first half and 17 points in the fourth quarter, tying school records in both categories. On the night, he completed 31 of 43 passes for a then career-high 338 yards, five touchdowns and one interception. His five touchdown passes tied the old school record held by Cade McNown (1997 at Texas, 1998 at Miami) and his 31 completions were one shy of Troy Aikman's school record of 32 (USC, 1998). In the final three quarters, he hit on 28 of 34 passes (.824) for 310 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions. In the fourth quarter, he connected on 13 of 16 passes for 132 yards and two scores. UCLA trailed 28-7 near the end of the first half, but Olson drove the Bruins 80 yards, hitting Marcedes Lewis for four yards with 26 seconds remaining to cut the deficit to 14 points. Midway through the third quarter, his 45-yard touchdown pass to Maurice Drew completed a 73-yard drive and brought the Bruins to within seven points. However, UCLA still trailed by 17 entering the final quarter. With 14:32 remaining in the game, Olson and Lewis hooked up for a nine-yard score to complete an 80-yard drive. UCLA trailed by seven points with 4:52 remaining when it took over on its four-yard line. He drove the Bruins 96 yards for the tying score, finding Marcus Everett in the back corner of the end zone with 44 seconds remaining in regulation. On the final drive, he was six of seven for 78 yards.
2004 -- The starter in all 12 games, Olson completed 196 of 341 passes (57.5) for 2,565 yards, 20 touchdowns and 13 interceptions (four on deflections) ... He ranked fifth in the Pac-10 and 36th in the NCAA in total offense (222.6 yards), sixth in the Pac-10 in passing (213.8 yards), and fourth in the Pac-10 and 40th in the NCAA in passing efficiency (132.39 rating) ... In the Pac-10, his average of 13.09 yards per completion was first among players with at least 100 completions and his completion percentage of 57.48% was fourth ... Olson threw 20 touchdown passes, putting him fifth on that UCLA single-season list ... Only Cade McNown (25 in 1998 and 24 in 1997), Troy Aikman (24 in 1988) and Tom Ramsey (21 in 1982) have thrown for more touchdowns in a season ... His 2,671 yards of total offense rank sixth on that single-season list ... In Olson's last seven regular-season games, he completed 134 of 226 passes (59.29%) for 1,729 yards, 15 touchdowns and eight interceptions ... Olson's eight touchdown passes in a two-game span tied the UCLA record for most TD passes in a two-game span (Wayne Cook threw four against BYU and four against Washington in 1993) ... Olson totaled 10 scoring passes in a three-game span (the record is 11 by Cook, 3-4-4) ... In the opener against Oklahoma State, the true junior completed 16 of 36 passes for 252 yards ... He completed passes to six different receivers, including seven to wide receivers, seven to running backs and two to tight ends ... He also had two fourth-quarter interceptions, both on tipped passes ... His 57-yard pass play to Maurice Drew in the fourth quarter was the longest of his career at the time ... He enjoyed an outstanding afternoon at Illinois throwing three touchdown passes (41 and 14 yards to Craig Bragg and 15 yards to Marcedes Lewis) ... On the day, he completed 14 of 21 passes for 208 yards with one interception (tipped pass) ... He led UCLA on scoring drives of 96 and 65 yards on its first two possessions to build a first-quarter lead of 14-0 ... He also had a career-long 29-yard run and finished with 29 net rushing yards ... At Washington, the site of his first career start in 2002, he helped rally the Bruins from a 24-7 deficit ... On the afternoon, he completed 12 of 17 passes for 122 yards and one interception on a deflected pass ... In the second half, he completed nine of 10 passes, including his final seven, for 97 yards and five passing first downs ... Against San Diego State, Olson completed 14 of 29 passes to eight different receivers for 158 yards with one touchdown and one interception ... His 23-yard scoring strike to Tab Perry on third-and-16 gave UCLA a 27-3 lead on its first possession of the second half ... He also led the Bruins to a touchdown on their opening possession of the game ... In the second half, he completed seven of 10 passes (six of eight in third quarter) for 90 yards and one touchdown ... He was at his best in the win against Arizona ... With the running game not as effective as it had been, Olson completed 17 of 25 passes for 234 yards and a career-high four touchdowns with no interceptions ... Three of his five scoring drives measured at least 70 yards ... In the first half, he completed 10 of 13 passes for 148 yards and three touchdowns as UCLA built a 23-3 halftime lead ... With UCLA leading 2-0, Olson capped UCLA's opening possession with a pass to fullback Michael Pitre, who rambled 28 yards for the score ... Leading 16-3 with 5:03 remaining in the first half, Olson and the Bruins drove 95 yards to make the score 23-3, the final 12 yards coming on Marcedes Lewis' second touchdown reception ... In the third quarter, following an Arizona touchdown, he drove the Bruins 80 yards to make the score 30-10, throwing an 18-yard strike to Lewis for the score ... At California, Olson threw four touchdown passes for the second straight week, finding Marcedes Lewis for 15 yards, Maurice Drew for 27 and 43 yards and Joe Cowan for 46 yards ... The final TD pass brought the Bruins to within 10 points (38-28) with 2:39 remaining in the game ... On the afternoon, he completed 20 of 36 passes for 299 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions ... He had five completions of at least 25 yards, including three of at least 40 yards ... At Arizona State, Olson rallied the Bruins from a 14-3 deficit to a 42-31 fourth-quarter lead ... On the afternoon, he completed 30 of 44 passes for a career-high 325 yards with two touchdowns and four interceptions ... He completed passes to 10 different receivers ... It was the second straight week he set a career best in passing yardage ... His second touchdown pass, a nine-yarder to Tab Perry, gave the Bruins the 42-31 lead ... The 30 completions rank No. 2 in UCLA history, topped only by Troy Aikman's 32 against USC in 1988 ... The 44 attempts tied for No. 7 on that list (Aikman attempted 44 vs. Washington State in 1988 and Steve Bono threw 44 passes vs. Oregon in 1984) and was the second-highest total of his career (he threw 49 passes against Oregon in 2003) ... The last time a Bruin threw for more yards was in 2002, when Cory Paus had 378 against Oregon State ... Against Stanford, the junior completed 17 of 28 passes for 177 yards with one touchdown and one interception ... Against Washington State, he completed 18 of 38 passes for 201 yards with two touchdowns and one interception ... Both touchdown passes came in the fourth quarter as the Bruins tried to rally from a 15-point deficit ... The second TD pass came with 42 seconds remaining in the game, but the Bruins were then unsuccessful on their two-point conversion pass attempt ... In the win at Oregon, he completed 12 of 21 passes for 215 yards and one touchdown ... He also scrambled for 59 yards with a net of 39 yards ... With the score tied at 7-7, he directed back-to-back touchdown drives of 68 and 94 yards to build a 21-7 lead ... Late in the third quarter, Olson and Junior Taylor connected on a slant pass that Taylor turned into an 83-yard touchdown, the seventh-longest pass play in school history ... Nursing a five-point lead (31-26) after an Oregon touchdown, Olson engineered a 12-play drive that used 5:34 and resulted in Justin Medlock's 50-yard field goal and an eight-point lead with just 2:08 remaining ... In the second half, Olson completed seven of nine passes, including his final six attempts, for 132 yards and one TD ... Against USC, Olson completed 20 of 34 passes for 278 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions ... He engineered second-half drives of 81 and 80 yards to pull the Bruins to within five points with 2:20 remaining in the game ... Against Wyoming in the Pioneer PureVision Las Vegas Bowl, he suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in the second quarter ... He also had damage to his medial collateral ligament ... On the night, he completed six of 12 passes for 96 yards, including a 29-yard touchdown strike to Junior Taylor ... He finished the season having thrown at least one touchdown pass in each of the last nine games of the season.
2003 -- Olson appeared in 12 games and was the starter in nine of those contests ... On the year, he completed 173 of 325 passes (53.2%) for 2,067 yards with 10 touchdowns and nine interceptions ... Ranked seventh in the Pac-10 in passing yards per game (172.2), ninth in total offense (157.2) and 10th in passing efficiency rating (111.27) ... His 173 completions ranked 12th on UCLA`s single-season list ... He became the 14th Bruin to pass for more than 2,000 yards in a season and just the fourth sophomore, trailing only Tommy Maddox (2,681 in 1991), Cade McNown (2,424 in 1996) and Cory Paus (2,154 in 2000) ... Came off the bench against Colorado to replace an injured Matt Moore and completed 13 of 23 passes for 164 yards and two touchdowns ... His scoring tosses measured 42 yards to Craig Bragg and 13 yards to Marcedes Lewis ... Made the sixth start of his career against the Illini and completed 11 of 31 passes, with several drops, for 94 yards ... Completed 18 of 34 passes at No. 1-ranked Oklahoma for 144 yards ... Enjoyed one of his best days against San Diego State, throwing for 258 yards while connecting on 18 of 28 passes and two touchdowns (41 yards to Junior Taylor and 13 to Ryan Smith) ... His 54-yard completion to Bragg was the longest of his career ... Against Washington, he completed 16 of 24 passes for 258 yards in the game, including nine of 13 in the second half for 160 yards ... At Arizona, he hit on 15 of 22 passes for 189 yards ... His two touchdown drives measured 73 and 80 yards ... Against California, he completed nine of 20 passes for 173 yards and two scores (Lewis for 31 yards and Bragg for 40 yards) ... Did not play against Arizona State following the return of Matt Moore to the lineup ... At Stanford, he came off the bench in relief of Moore to complete five of 12 passes for 94 yards ... On his first series, he moved the Bruins 80 yards down the field for a touchdown to cut Stanford's lead to 21-14 ... Played most of the fourth quarter at Washington State and completed seven of 12 passes for 82 yards ... Started against Oregon and completed 29 of 49 passes for 249 yards and one touchdown ... His 49 attempts were the second-most in school history (51 by Dennis Dummit vs. California in 1970) while his 29 completions tied for No. 2 on UCLA's single-season list (32 by Troy Aikman v. USC in 1988) ... At USC, he completed 21 of 39 passes for a career-high 266 yards and two touchdowns ... He hit 11 of 31 passes for 96 yards and one touchdown against Fresno State in the Silicon Valley Classic.
2002 -- Served as the primary backup to Cory Paus through the first half of the season ... Came on to start five games after Paus was injured in the California game ... Completed two of three passes for 24 yards in the opener against Colorado State ... Did not complete a pass in two attempts at Oklahoma State ... Did not play against Colorado ... Completed two of three attempts for 22 yards at San Diego State ... Did not see action in the games against Oregon State and Oregon ... Completed five of seven passes for 58 yards in relief of Paus at California ... Suffered a sprained right shoulder late in the third quarter that sidelined him for the remainder of the contest ... Saw limited practice the following week and did not play against Stanford ... Made his first career start at Washington and became the first true freshman since Tom Ramsey in 1979 to win his first career start on the road ... Completed 13 of 27 passes for 189 yards and did not commit a turnover against UW ... Directed two 80-yard scoring drives in the game and the offense produced three touchdowns and a couple of field goals on the day ... Started for the second straight game at Arizona and completed seven of 12 passes for 111 yards and the first touchdown of his career, a 33-yard wide receiver screen to Craig Bragg ... Directed a touchdown drive and a field goal drive on his first two possessions of the game, before coming out late in the first quarter and letting Matt Moore take the helm ... Returned to the game in the third quarter and directed touchdown drives on his first two possessions ... Became just the third Bruin true freshman quarterback to start against USC (Tom Ramsey and Cade McNown) ... Completed eight of 17 passes for 121 yards and one interception ... Led the Bruins on a 10-play, 89-yard scoring drive which narrowed the deficit to 21-7 early in the second quarter ... The next time he came on the field, the first possession of the second half, the Bruins were down 35-7 ... He completed three of nine second half passes for 30 yards ... Against Washington State, he had the first multiple touchdown game of his career ... Olson tossed a 39-yard scoring pass to Junior Taylor late in the first half and a 27-yard touchdown to Mike Seidman in the third quarter ... He completed 13 of 27 passes for 163 yards against the Cougars, but threw two interceptions to offset his two scoring passes ... Started the bowl game win over New Mexico, but had to leave the game in the first quarter when he injured his throwing hand on a helmet during the contest ... Completed three of six passes in the game for 14 yards and threw one interception.
HIGH SCHOOL -- Earned four varsity letters in football for coaches Pat George and Russ Robb at Piedmont High School ... PrepStar All-American and No. 6 quarterback in West ... Rated No. 16 quarterback in nation and four-star rating by PacWest Football ... Four-star prospect by Max Emfinger ... No. 15 quarterback prospect by Max Emfinger ... Tom Lemming All-American (No. 93) and No. 15 player in West ... Rated No. 14 quarterback in nation by Tom Lemming ... Rated No. 4 quarterback in West by PacWestFootball.com ... Rated No. 46 player in Far West (CA/HI/NV) by SuperPrep ... Member of Tacoma News Tribune Western 100 ... First-team All-State Small Schools (Cal Hi Sports) ... Orange County Register Fab 15 second team ... Member of Las Vegas Sun Super 11 second team ... Named All-East Bay by the A.N.G. Newspaper Group in 2000 and 2001 ... Served as team captain in 2001 ... Named first-team All-Bay Shore League in both 2001 and 2000 ... League Most Valuable Player as a junior ... Led his team to the Bay Shore League championship in 2000 and 2001 ... Played in the 2002 CaliFlorida Bowl all-star game ... As a senior, he completed 101 of 195 passes for 1,700 yards and 16 touchdowns ... Pre-season SuperPrep All-American (No. 16 quarterback in nation and No. 22 player in Far West) ... As a junior, he threw for 2,740 yards and 29 touchdowns while completing 165 of 270 passes ... Member of Student Sports Junior All-America squad ... For his career, Olson, a three-year starter, completed 439 of 774 passes (57%) for 6,103 yards, 60 touchdowns and 29 interceptions ... Also four-year varsity starter at catcher on the baseball team for coach Mike Humphries ... Batted .478 as a junior with six home runs and 25 runs batted in and earned league MVP honors ... Team captain in 2002 ... Invited to the 2001 USA Baseball Jr. National trials.
PERSONAL -- Full Name: Drew Martin Olson ... Born: April 6, 1983 in San Francisco, CA ... Parents: David and Gail Olson ... Has one brother, Eric, and one sister, Sarah ... Dad graduated from UCLA School of Law and captained the Bruin rugby team ... Biggest thrill to date is winning a championship against a rival high school team ... History major.
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