Freshmen help UCLA, Michigan

The play of Michigan and UCLA freshmen Steve Breaston and Maurice Drew is leading their teams.

Originally Published: October 27, 2003
By Mel Kiper Jr. | Special to ESPN Insider
With the spectacular individual effort by Kansas City Chiefs kick returner Dante Hall this season, more attention than ever is being given to punt and kickoff situations.

A similar situation is brewing at the collegiate level with Michigan's brilliant redshirt freshman, Steve Breaston. Like Hall, he's a dual threat at wide receiver and in the return game. He scares the daylights out of opponents whenever he tracks a punt.

Steve Breaston
Getty ImagesSteve Breaston is finally healthy and able to be a factor.
Against Illinois on Oct. 18, Breaston took a reverse 30 yards for a TD. Through nine games, he's also hauled in 24 receptions for a 12.8-yard average and three TDs.

Mel Kiper Jr.

Football analyst
Mel Kiper has served as an NFL draft analyst for ESPN since 1984. He is a regular contributor on SportsCenter and ESPN Radio and writes weekly for ESPN Insider.