“(Teams) are going to find a way to get him the ball on offense with screens and certain types of runs, but I don’t think he can be a third down back,” said an NFL scout. “I don’t think he can block. He’s a tough little ball of fire, but last year I saw people jump over Darren Sproles (at Kansas State). I don’t care how strong you are, if you’re 5-7, 5-8 and linebackers are coming, they’re going to run your (butt) over.” Drew’s departure is a blow to UCLA’s offense, which already lost quarterback Drew Olson and tight end Marcedes Lewis. UCLA (10-2) won 10 games for just the seventh time in school history and finished the season ranked 16th. Drew said his leaving doesn’t hurt UCLA `at all’ because of incumbent running backs Chris Markey and Kahlil Bell _who ran for 151 and 136 yards, respectively, in the Sun Bowl – and Derrick Williams. Drew separated his left shoulder in the Sun Bowl and had just three carries. Today, Drew will begin the process of hiring an agent. If he doesn’t sign an agent, he can change his mind and return to UCLA. Eligible underclassmen must make themselves eligible for the draft by Jan. 15. Drew won’t return to UCLA this quarter and isn’t sure where he’ll work out, although he’s currently working out in the Bay Area, where he’s from. He also said he’ll finish his degree at UCLA. Austin commits: Wide receiver Terrence Austin (5-10, 165) of Long Beach Poly officially committed to UCLA on Saturday. Austin announced his decision during Saturday’s U.S. Army All American Bowl in San Antonio. Austin had 48 catches for 891 yards (18.5 average) and scored five touchdowns last season. He also considered Oregon and Notre Dame. Earlier this year, Austin told the Daily News: “When (UCLA) beat (Oklahoma), it shows the program has made a complete turnaround, that (UCLA) is someone to look out for, and it definitely means a lot to me,” Austin said. “That’s a big thing for me because they’re on the rise, they’re coming up, and it shows me that if I did chose that program, then I will be in that situation with the possibility of winning a national championship.”… Allen Bradford, considered one of the top linebackers in the country, chose USC over UCLA. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “Before my grandpa passed away, we had discussed it,” Drew said in a conference call. “Nothing in big detail but it was something we talked about. … On the way down to the Rose Bowl, he was talking to my grandmother and he said if I could try to go to the NFL, that was something he wanted me to do. I would do anything he wanted.” Maurice Jones, for whom Drew is named, suffered a heart attack during UCLA’s win over Rice at the Rose Bowl on Sept. 10 and died on the way to the hospital. Drew honored his grandfather the rest of the season by wearing `Jones-Drew’ on the back of his jersey. Drew lived with his grandparents, Maurice and Christina Jones, for much of his childhood. Maurice Drew wanted to honor a wish made by his late grandfather. He made good on that Saturday as he declared himself eligible for the NFL Draft in a news conference at Concord De La Salle, where he starred in high school. The UCLA tailback steadfastly maintained during the season that he’d return for his senior season. But after UCLA’s loss to USC, his grandmother, Christina Jones, told him about a conversation she had with his grandfather.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Drew was an All-American punt returner and set an NCAA record with a 28.5-yard average and scored on three punt returns. He ran for 914 yards and scored 13 touchdowns. Drew is likely to be a punt returner and spot running back in the NFL. He had his draft status evaluated and said he was told he would be a first-day pick but NFL drafts are hardly predictable. Drew said if he would’ve been drafted in the second round, he probably would’ve stayed at UCLA. “Maurice has made the decision that he feels is best for himself and his family,” Karl Dorrell said in a statement. “While I would counsel players to enjoy the college experience and earn a degree, I am supportive of his decision to move onto the next stage of his life.” There probably wasn’t much left for Drew to do to raise his stock, with the exception of staying healthy for an entire season. “I really don’t know (what I could’ve improved on),” Drew said. “I guess I could’ve shown that I can run the ball again. (Teams) decided they wouldn’t punt to us.” Drew is 5-foot-8, 205 pounds and has flourished in college. Issues are his size and durability. He missed the better part of three games last year with an ankle injury and had knee and shoulder injuries this season.