“Maurice Drew is so elusive, so shifty, and he makes so many big plays,” Bruins receiver Marcus Everett said. “I think he’s the best player in the Pac-10. He’s just a great player.” Drew’s 299 all-purpose yards – 65 rushing, 52 receiving, 20 on kickoff returns and 162 on punt returns – was the second-highest total in Division I this season, and earned him the Walter Camp offensive player of the week award. A little more than two hours after UCLA tailback Maurice Drew compiled his latest one-game highlight film, the e-mails began flowing from the sports information staff touting the junior as a Heisman Trophy candidate. After the final play of the most memorable game the Bruins played under third-year coach Karl Dorrell, players followed suit by claiming Drew, who matched his school record with five touchdowns, is Heisman campaign-worthy. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 In UCLA’s 47-40 victory against No. 10 Cal at the Rose Bowl on Saturday, Drew averaged 14.2 yards on his 21 touches. His effort enabled UCLA to climb eight spots in the Associated Press poll to No. 12, its highest ranking since 2001. The Bruins are also No. 12 in the coaches’ poll, and according to the release sent out by UCLA, “Drew is playing himself into Heisman Trophy consideration.” Drew is eighth nationally in all-purpose yards at 172.4 per game, tied for the NCAA lead with 14.4 points per game and leads the nation in punt returns at 33.8 yards per attempt. “That dude is amazing,” said UCLA tight end Marcedes Lewis, an All-American candidate. “I don’t know the word for that guy. He’s the real deal. When you have a running back like that, it makes everyone’s job easier. He does everything. What can’t he do? Return team, running back, receiver? He can do it all.” Drew’s 12 touchdowns match his career high, and his average scoring play is 28.4 yards. His three punt-return touchdowns this season, and four in his career, tie Pac-10 and school records. And more special things could be on the way. Dorrell hinted Drew could join the kick-return unit permanently. “Whenever we needed a play made, he stepped up and made a play,” Dorrell said. “He’s just one of those guys that when the ball is in his hands, he makes plays. He has incredible ability.” Drew ran for 322 yards and five touchdowns last season at Washington. It was a spectacular day for the 205-pounder, who would have to be accused of heightening to reach the 5-foot-8 he’s listed at, but it came against the downtrodden Huskies, and for a mediocre UCLA team. Drew’s breakout against the Bears came on national television, against a top-10 team expected to be top-ranked USC’s toughest regular-season challenge, and helped UCLA win a game in which it looked overmatched for much of the night. Drew showed off his power with his first score when he bowled over Cal defensive back Harrison Smith at the goal line on a 12-yard run, and added a 1-yard touchdown later in the half. He showcased his speed with a 69-yard punt return in the first quarter, then added an 81-yarder for a score midway through the third to give the Bruins their first lead, 28-27. In the closing minutes, Drew demonstrated his versatility when he caught a swing pass, raced to the sideline and beat Smith to the corner of the end zone for a go-ahead 28-yard score, putting UCLA in front 41-40. He capped the night with his 2-yard run as time expired. “We let Maurice Drew get loose too many times,” Cal coach Jeff Tedford said. “Every week he’s a key factor. You just try to limit him. He runs the ball very well. He’s a good receiver out of the backfield. He’s a great kick returner. “In open space with people spread out, the guy is very, very difficult to tackle. (His performance) was very impressive, no question about it.” Brian Dohn, (818) 713-3607 email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!