Heisman not a priority on Drew’s list

first_img USC’s Reggie Bush surely is the front-runner, but Drew has the credentials to be considered. He padded his resume Saturday in UCLA’s 51-28 win over Oregon State with 250 all-purpose yards. He had two touchdown receptions and ran for 120 yards. Drew, humble as usual, certainly won’t lobby for the award. “Coach (Tom Cable) did a great job calling the plays,” Drew said. “I was on a middle linebacker and just tried to make a play for the team.” That’s what Drew is best at. He now has 16 touchdowns this season and 35 in his career. He moved into a tie for fourth on the school’s all-time touchdown list with Gary Beban, who won the Heisman. “(Drew is) the best player in the nation,” UCLA linebacker Spencer Havner said. “He’s awesome.” Maybe even more so to one UCLA recruit who watched in awe as Drew walked by him in the locker room after the game. His impression? “Man, he’s short,” he said. Drew didn’t return a punt for a touchdown Saturday because he was chased down, and teams inexplicably are still punting to him. Oregon State coach Mike Riley said he didn’t want to kick it where Drew could return it, but that’s what happened. Drew’s 59-yard return nearly resulted in a score, and punter Sam Paulescu then started kicking the ball out of bounds. That’s just fine with Drew. Better field position for the offense, he said. He’s now worried about winning at Stanford this week, not how No. 8 UCLA (7-0) is viewed by the country. “It’s not how other people look at us,” Drew said. “It’s how we feel about ourselves and how we go perform each week.” And with the ball in Drew’s hands, they’re feeling awfully good. Jill Painter can be reached at (818) 713-3615. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “Geez, I don’t care about that. That has nothing to do with what we’re out here working for,” Drew said. “I’m out here working for guys like (offensive lineman) Bob Clearly and (defensive lineman) Chase Moline. They’re playing their hearts out. “I have school during the week and I have another opponent to worry about. I don’t have time to worry about the Heisman. I’ve got guys around me that are busting their butts. “They say they want me to win it but we’re just going to keep playing. If it happens, it happens. If it doesn’t, oh well.” What happens on a regular basis is Drew finds his way into the end zone. On Saturday, coach Karl Dorrell made good on his promise to use Drew more as a receiver and it worked brilliantly. The Beavers played mostly man coverage and Drew was matched up against a linebacker on his touchdown receptions of 43 and 20 yards. Anyone can guess how that worked out for Oregon State. That defense resulted in touchdowns. center_img PASADENA — Maurice Drew for Heisman? His teammates believe it has a nice ring to it, but no opponent ever will catch Drew striking the Heisman pose. UCLA already has launched its campaign, but after another stellar performance, Drew avoided the subject just as easily as he does the grasp of defensive linemen, linebackers and punt return units. last_img read more