Olson for the Heisman?

Drew Olson

The P.R. machine got rolling for Maurice Drew to be considered for the Heisman Trophy earlier this year, but with the season the other Drew is having -- quarterback Drew Olson -- should he be considered for the award?

Here is the case being made by UCLA:

Bruin quarterback Drew Olson has played himself into Heisman Trophy consideration with his fabulous senior season. In addition, he has been named one of seven finalists for the Unitas Award (nation's top senior quarterback) and one of 15 semifinalists for the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award. He has led the Bruins to a 9-1 record, their highest victory total since 1998, including four fourth-quarter double-digit comebacks.

On the year, he has completed 218 of 322 passes (67.7) for 2,909 yards and 30 touchdowns with three interceptions. His passing efficiency rating is 172.5 leads the nation, as do his 30 touchdown passes and his interception percentage of 0.93 (three interceptions in 322 attempts).

Olson has thrown 30 touchdown passes this season, shattering the old school record of 25, set by Cade McNown in 1998 (12 games). In his last six games, he has thrown for 22 touchdowns and just one interception.

His 218 completions rank No. 2 in school history, trailing only Troy Aikman's 228 in 1998. His 2,909 yards rank No. 4 on that UCLA list, trailing only Cade McNown's 3,470 yards in 1998, McNown's 3,116 yards in 1997 and Tom Ramsey's 2,986 yards in 1982.

His 510 passing yards against Arizona State on Saturday rank No. 2 in school history behind McNown's 513 at Miami in 1998. He has thrown at least five touchdown passes three times this season (McNown did it twice in his career), including a school-record six against Oregon State and five each versus Arizona State and Washington State.

In his 43-game career (36 starts (23-13) / last 25 straight), Olson has 640 completions which rank No. 2 in UCLA history. In addition, his 8,283 career passing yards rank No. 2 and his career total offense of 8,022 yards also ranks No. 2. His 63 touchdown passes rank No. 2 on the UCLA career list.

In his last 18 games, he has completed 358 of 558 (.642) passes for 4,734 yards, 46 TDs and 11 interceptions.

In the four fourth-quarter come-from-behind victories, he completed 45 of 61 passes (.738) for 539 yards, six touchdowns and no interceptions in the fourth quarter and overtime. In the fourth quarter/overtime of all games this season, Olson is 62 of 86 (.721) for 820 yards, 10 touchdowns and no interceptions. In the second half of all games this season, Olson is 113 of 157 (.720) for 1,393 yards, 15 touchdowns and no interceptions.

Last Saturday against Arizona State, Olson was virtually unstoppable. On the evening, he completed 22 of 27 passes for 510 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions. In the first quarter, he completed eight of 10 passes for 295 yards and three touchdowns (91 yards to Joe Cowan on the first play of the game, 56 yards to Chris Markey and six yards to Marcedes Lewis). In the second half, he completed all 12 of his attempts for 195 yards and two touchdowns (seven yards to Brandon Breazell and 13 yards to Lewis). The 91-yard touchdown to Cowan was the fourth-longest pass play in school history.

The 510 yards rank No. 2 on UCLA's single-game list (Cade McNown set the school record with 513 yards at Miami) as do his 501 yards of total offense. The five touchdown passes were one shy of his school record and the third time this year he has thrown at least five TD passes.

The Walter Camp Football Foundation Named Drew Olson the National 1-A Offensive Player of the Week.

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