Sources: UCLA's Drew set to enter NFL draft

Updated: January 6, 2006, 4:54 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

UCLA junior running back Maurice Drew is expected to enter the NFL draft and plans to announce his intentions at a news conference in California on Saturday, a source close to Drew told ESPN's Joe Schad on Thursday night.

Drew ran for 961 yards and 13 touchdowns, caught 31 passes for 435 yards and had 15 punt returns for an average of 28.5 yards this season. Drew, 5-foot-8, 205 pounds, has been told by the NFL advisory committee that he would likely be a first-day draft choice.

He led the country in punt return average and was a first-team All-American as the all-purpose player

A UCLA spokesman said Friday that Drew and his family will meet with reporters at De La Salle High in Concord, east of San Francisco.

Eligible underclassmen have until Jan. 15 to declare for the NFL draft. Drew has that option, having played three years at UCLA.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.