Maurice Drew for the Heisman?

After his performance Saturday against Cal, UCLA junior running back Maurice Drew is starting to get some hype for the Heisman Trophy. UCLA's remaining schedule, actually, is conducive for a Drew-for-Heisman run...

Some Heisman Trophy Hype has officially begun for Maurice Drew.

The UCLA Sports Information Department is sending out e-mails. Sports writers are starting to tout him as a candidate.

Some of the accomplishments from this week that got Drew noticed:

-- Drew was named Pac-10 Player of the Week, after gaining 299 all-purpose yards against Cal.

-- He leads the nation in punt returns, averaging 33.8 yards per return.

-- He's tied for the national lead in scoring, averaging 14.4 points per game.

-- Drew is 8th nationally in all-purpose yards, averaging 172.4 yards per game.

Drew could be just a couple of big rushing games away from being seriously considered for the award. UCLA's schedule could actually play right into it, in fact, and help build the momentum. If UCLA continues to win, and finds itself 10-0, that would greatly enhance his chances, and then, in addition, many of UCLA's upcoming opponents don't have very good run defenses. Washington State, UCLA's opponent this weekend, has a decent run defense, fourth in the Pac-10. But then three of UCLA's next four opponents, Stanford, Arizona State and Arizona, have three of the four worst run defenses in the conference, each allowing more than 170 yards per game. UCLA's last two games before the USC game are Arizona and Arizona State, which are allowing 227 yards and 197 yards per game on the ground.

If UCLA finds itself 10-0 in early December, and Drew has had some big games against those defenses, he could be a serious contender for the Heisman.

Brian Dohn of the Daily News wrote an article entitled, "He's Heisman-worthy".

CBS Sportsline now lists Drew on Heismal Hopefuls list.

Drew is listed on HeismanPundit.com


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