UCLA — Drew honors grandfather on uniform

first_img Jones was a central figure in teaching his grandson about teamwork and to remain humble. He encouraged him in football and to take ballet lessons to aid his balance. Drew said he was told his grandfather suffered a mild heart attack, but paramedics couldn’t revive him. Drew left the Rose Bowl field midway through the fourth quarter. Tailback Adrian Peterson was suspended from practice Monday and Tuesday for missing too many classes, according to The Oklahoman. He is expected to play Saturday, but it was unclear whether he would start. Peterson, a Heisman Trophy candidate, ran for 220 yards and three touchdowns in last week’s win against Tulsa. “It’d be nice if that suspension was for a week, but it’s not,” UCLA coach Karl Dorrell said with a smile. “He’s going to play, and he’s going to get his 30 touches, one way or another.” Odds and ends Quarterback Ben Olson (broken hand) threw in practice, but still experienced soreness when throwing intermediate and long passes. His status for Saturday is uncertain. … Receiver Marcus Everett (shoulder) practiced and is expected to play. … Linebacker Wesley Walker (knee) practiced and could play in a backup role. … Plenty of tickets remain for the contest. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Junior tailback Maurice Drew, UCLA’s leading rusher, will honor his late grandfather by adding his last name to the back of his jersey for the rest of his collegiate career. His grandfather, Maurice Jones, died after suffering a heart attack in the stands during the second half of the win against Rice. When the Bruins face No. 21 Oklahoma at the Rose Bowl on Saturday, the back of his No. 21 jersey will read Jones-Drew. “I lived with him for more than half my life, so he was kind of like my dad,” Drew said. “My mom had to travel an hour to work every day, so she couldn’t take me to school. I stayed with him, so he took me to school every day. He taught me a lot of things.” center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “It’s tough, but he kind of prepared me beforehand a little bit by giving me little hints. He knew it was coming,” Drew said. “Just knowing that he died at a place like the Rose Bowl, where he loved to watch me play, and he was having fun while he was there. “The doctor told me he didn’t feel anything when it happened, so it makes it that much easier for me to work through it.” In the final game that Jones witnessed, Drew electrified the crowd with a 66-yard punt return for a touchdown. He also scored on a 4-yard run. Drew said he doesn’t think it will be emotionally challenging facing the Sooners at the Rose Bowl on Saturday. “The only thing that kind of gets my mind off of it is football,” Drew said. “I don’t want that to sound rude, but I know he would have wanted me to play football. That’s why I came here.” Peterson sits last_img read more

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