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Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew (32) scores on a 30-yard run against the Oakland Raiders during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010, in Jacksonville, Fla. Jaguars beat the Raiders 38-30. (AP Photo/Stephen Morton)

When we last saw Maurice Jones-Drew at O.co Coliseum, he rushed for 142 yards, two touchdowns and set up his team's first score by intercepting a Dennis Dixon pass and returning it 36 yards to the 1-yard line.

De La Salle High-Concord beat San Leandro 42-14 for the North Coast Section 4A championship, the Spartans' 11th straight NCS title and 139th consecutive victory.

That was Dec. 7, 2002, when the Raiders were poised to win their third straight AFC West title and Jones-Drew was about to move on to UCLA and eventually the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The Bay Area hasn't been nearly as kind over the past 10 years in terms of wins and losses.

"My record is like 1-4 right now, so that's not a good thing," Jones-Drew said Wednesday by conference call.

UCLA lost at Stanford and to Fresno State in the Silicon Valley Bowl in San Jose in 2003, lost to Cal in Berkeley in 2004 and won at Stanford in 2005. The Jaguars lost 20-3 to the 49ers in San Francisco in 2009.

A Raiders fan growing up in Antioch -- his favorite player was running back Napoleon Kaufman -- Jones-Drew will be the focal point of the Oakland defense Sunday. At 27, Jones-Drew is 15 pounds heavier at 210 pounds than the last time he played in Oakland.

Still 5-foot-7, though.

His height was supposed to be a weakness when 59 players went before Jones-Drew in the 2005 NFL draft. As a franchise record 1,606 yards rushing demonstrated in 2011, and 4,321 yards over the past three seasons, Jones-Drew may be a short running back, but he's not a small one.

"He's so compact, he's really hard to knock off his feet," Raiders coach Dennis Allen said. "He bounces around in there like a pinball and keeps his balance and keeps going."

Jones-Drew leads Jacksonville (1-4) with 409 yards rushing, a good chunk of those yards coming with a 177-yard game in a 22-17 win over Indianapolis. He's ranked 14th in the NFL in rushing but has accounted for 41 percent of the Jaguars' offense with 494 total yards.

"We've gotten down pretty quickly in games, and we've had to throw the ball to get back in it so that's why you see 12 carries or 13 carries," Jones-Drew said. "Our game plan is to stick to what we do best and be balanced on offense."

That means run Jones-Drew early and often and give second-year quarterback Blaine Gabbert more desirable down-and-distance situations.

The Raiders were solid against the run last week in Atlanta, holding Michael Turner to 33 yards on 11 carries and the Falcons to 45 yards on 15 attempts.

"We had Turner first and now we've got Jones-Drew, same kind of guy," Raiders safety Tyvon Branch said. "It's going to take a lot of swarming and gang-tackling. He's a good back, one of the best in the league.

"Atlanta's a pass-first offense, and with the Jaguars, they run first. With a guy like Jones-Drew, they want to give him the ball as much as they can."

Jones-Drew missed almost all of training camp because of a contract issue, wanting to renegotiate a five-year deal that had already paid him $21.3 million over three seasons, putting him in line with running backs such as Adrian Peterson and Chris Johnson. He'll make $4.45 million this season.

Jacksonville coach Mike Mularkey said by conference call the absence hurt Jones-Drew's "football" conditioning and delayed his assimilation into a new offensive system, but now thinks he's up to speed.

Jones disagrees.

"It didn't hurt at all," he said. "I've been playing football for a long time, so more than anything, it didn't allow me to take those unnecessary hits you get during training camp and OTAs and things like that. I was much fresher coming in.

"I trained while I was away just as if I was in training camp, two or three a days, or whatever I could to keep my body, so when I did come back I could be in the best shape possible."

Jones-Drew expects about 50 friends and family to attend Sunday's game and is hopeful one of those will be De La Salle coach Bob Ladouceur.

"All my family members told me I need to focus so I'm not going to see them until the game," Jones-Drew said. "That's how they are -- they're big football fanatics and they want to see me be successful ... a bunch of 'em are Raiders fans. They're going to be torn, but I hope they choose the right way."

Sunday's game

Jacksonville (1-4) at Raiders (1-4), 1:25 p.m., CBS

INSIDE

Guard Mike Brisiel (concussion) is cleared by the Raiders' medical staff for limited practice.

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