Drew finished with nine carries for 86 yards and three catches for another 79 yards. During his junior season, Jones-Drew rushed for nearly 2, yards, averaged nearly 12 yards per carry, and scored 26 touchdowns. He was rated as a four-star recruit and ranked as the No. He is pictured outrunning a slew of defenders on the cover of the book When the Game Stands Tall , which chronicles the De La Salle Spartans' all-time-record game winning streak.
Jones-Drew also ran track for the De La Salle track team and was a member of the Spartans' 4 x metres relay state champion team, with a time of At the age of 16, he posted a personal best time of Despite being undersized, Jones-Drew led the Bruins in rushing all three years he was on the squad and showed good pass catching ability and big playmaking skills as both a punt and kickoff returner. He was the fifth player in Bruins history to lead the team in rushing in three seasons. His career average of Jones-Drew also established a number of UCLA records, including the career all-purpose yardage record 4, yards.
As a sophomore against Washington, Jones-Drew set UCLA's all-time record for yards rushing in a single game yards and also scored a school-record five touchdowns. On his first carry of the game, he burst to the outside and raced 47 yards to tie the game at 7—7. On his second carry, with UCLA trailing and remaining in the first quarter, he raced 62 yards for another touchdown. On his fourth carry, a third-and with 40 seconds left in the first quarter, he sped 58 yards for his third touchdown.
In the first quarter alone, he rushed for yards and three touchdowns on four attempts. He gave the Bruins the lead for good 27—24 with remaining in the first half when he scooted around right end for a yard touchdown. In the third quarter, he broke numerous tackles en route to his school-record fifth touchdown, a yard run on the Bruins' first possession of the half. His total of yards rushing was the 3rd most in the history of the Pac Conference , and his overall performance earned him several National Player of the Week awards. His final year in college, his junior year, he was a first-team All-Pac selection as a punt returner, and was recognized as a unanimous first-team All-American as an all-purpose back and kick returner.
Additionally, Jones-Drew was named second-team All-Pac 10 as a running back. The run was the longest ever by a Bruin true freshman and ranked ninth tied overall on the school's list of long runs.
His yard day ranks No. Jones-Drew led the Bruins in rushing that season, becoming the first true freshman to lead the Bruins in rushing since DeShaun Foster in Jones-Drew, age 21, was selected in the second round of the NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars , 60th overall, to eventually replace veteran running back Fred Taylor. In the beginning, he was used mostly for kick-off returns, but he eventually became the Jaguars' primary third-down running back, behind Taylor. After a relatively slow start, Jones-Drew suddenly exploded.
Against the Colts on December 10, Jones-Drew set a franchise record with rushing yards and all-purpose yards, which included a yard kickoff return for touchdown. He already had broken Jaguars team records by scoring at least one rushing touchdown in eight consecutive games the previous record was four straight games and by gaining 2, all-purpose yards. Jones-Drew finished third in the NFL in both kickoff returns He was also one of only two players in the NFL to score at least one touchdown rushing, receiving, and returning kicks Reggie Bush was the other.
Jones-Drew also led all AFC running backs in scrimmage yards per touch. Narrowly missing 1, yards for the season, his rushing average of 5. In addition, he had the third-most all-purpose yards of any rookie in history. He's got the biggest legs for a shorter guy and way more power than anybody gives him credit for. And he's got outstanding speed. He's just a little dynamo. He finished tied for second in the balloting for Offensive Rookie of the Year, awarded to quarterback Vince Young of the Tennessee Titans.
In his second season in the NFL, Jones-Drew had already proven to be one of the most versatile running backs in the league. Overall, Jones-Drew averaged 4. In his season debut, Jones-Drew's production was just average. During a win against the Titans , Jones-Drew had 32 yards on seven carries in a game that produced just 48 rushing yards between Jones-Drew and Fred Taylor combined. Jones-Drew's fumble at the 8-yard line in the 4th quarter was the last scoring opportunity for the Jaguars in that game.
The following week against the Houston Texans , Jones-Drew recorded his first yard rushing game of the season, rushing for and 2 touchdowns on 12 carries. He also recorded 4 catches for 59 yards. In week 10 he reached the yard mark for the second and final time in the season, rushing for yards and a touchdown against the Tennessee Titans. He would score a touchdown in each of the following three weeks. Although his role as a running back was diminished during the postseason , he still managed to impact the game with his capabilities as a receiver and a return man.
In the Wildcard game against Pittsburgh he totaled all-purpose yards and 2 touchdowns. His first touchdown was a yard pass from David Garrard , his second was a yard run which put the Jaguars up in the third quarter. He also returned a kick-off 96 yards to set up the Jaguars' first score of the night, a Fred Taylor 1-yard run.
A week later against New England , he rushed for just 19 yards on 6 attempts as the Jaguars lost 31— He did manage to catch 6 passes for an additional 49 yards. Three Jaguars offensive linemen were injured by week one of the season and Jones-Drew was not as explosive as he was in His first yard rushing game of the season came against the Indianapolis , where the Jaguars won by a score of on a last second field goal by kicker Josh Scobee.
Teammate Fred Taylor also compiled over yards in the game. Another good performance came in week 10 against the struggling Detroit Lions , where Jones-Drew posted three touchdowns, all in the first half. The ball was handed to Jones-Drew 20 times and with that he gained 91 yards for a 4. He also caught the ball 7 times for 71 yards.
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In the season, Jones-Drew gained yards on attempts, posting a 4. He also gained 12 touchdowns on the ground. Jones-Drew was used more in the passing game than his previous seasons and he managed yards on 62 receptions. Jones-Drew had a record-breaking season in for the Jaguars. In a loss in Tennessee during Week 8, Jones-Drew rushed for yards and two touchdowns on only 8 carries, one for 80 yards and another for 79 yards.
This performance tied Hall of Famer Barry Sanders' record of rushing for two touchdowns in a single game of 75 yards or more, which was set by Sanders in a Week 7 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Jones-Drew became the third player to share the record, as San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore , also tied Sanders' record in a Week 2 game against the Seattle Seahawks during the same season. At season's end Jones-Drew compiled an impressive stat line.
He rushed for 1, yards on attempts for a 4.
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He was also one of the big components in the Jaguars passing attack, as he had 53 receptions for yards and a touchdown. During the game, he rushed for 30 yards and a touchdown on 5 attempts. Jones-Drew played the entire season with a torn meniscus in his left knee. He became aware of the extent of the injury in training camp, but tried to keep it a secret to prevent opponents from intentionally taking shots at his knee.
Although the Jaguars did not make the playoffs, Jones-Drew drew attention in the postseason with comments he made questioning the severity of an in-game injury to Jay Cutler in the NFC Championship Game.
I played the whole season on one", as well as comparing Cutler to former University of Florida head coach Urban Meyer. On December 12, against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jones-Drew had 85 rushing yards, two rushing touchdowns, six receptions, 51 receiving yards, and two receiving touchdowns in the 41—14 victory. Jones-Drew began the season by not attending organized team activities or training camp in hopes of signing a new contract with the Jaguars. There were rumors that he was open to being traded.
In , Jones-Drew finished the season with 5 touchdowns and yards on carries. After eight seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars, he became a free agent on March 11, His number of carries would be limited due to the solid performances of teammates Darren McFadden and Latavius Murray.
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He finished his career as the Jaguars' second leading rusher of all time behind Fred Taylor. Statistics taken from ESPN. At age 28, Jones-Drew resumed his studies at UCLA in to complete his bachelor's degree, and lived in a dormitory. At the height of his college career in , his grandfather died of a heart attack while watching him play at the Rose Bowl against Rice University on September Coach Dorrell broke the news to Drew on the sideline during the game, and he ran to the locker room and left to go to the hospital.
To honor the man who raised him, he had his entire legal surname affixed to his jersey, making him "Maurice Jones-Drew. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. American football running back. Retrieved December 27, Bleacher Report. Archived from the original on August 16, Retrieved January 11, McKee is far from a random sample of N.