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Maurice Drew said it wasn't the "Grand Slam" that got him in trouble. It was the "Meat Lover's Skillet."

"That's the best one," Drew said of his order at the Denny's restaurant near the UCLA campus in the wee hours of the morning on April 23.

Drew, who would become the Jaguars' second-round draft choice a week later, had succumbed to hunger pains at two in the morning. His appetite caused him to be arrested.

"I can mentor kids. Learn from me," he said of his middle-of-the-night eating habits.

Sitting next to a patron who was allegedly assaulted, Drew's recognizability caused him to be charged as a possible participant in the assault. Drew claimed innocence. Monday, the Los Angeles Country district attorney agreed, dropping all charges against Drew.

"Now it's behind me and I can help Jacksonville win the Super Bowl," Drew told reporters following the Jaguars' practice on Tuesday.

Only one more OTA (organized team activity) practice remains for the Jaguars. They'll end spring drills on Wednesday.

Tuesday's practice, however, was Drew's and UCLA teammate Marcedes Lewis' first since the May mini-camp. NFL rules forbid them from practicing until UCLA conducted graduation ceremonies, which the school did this past Saturday.

"I'm in pretty good shape but the humidity definitely isn't California," Drew said. "I'll be out here for the rest of the time. The Jaguars will begin training camp on July 29.

Lewis, the Jaguars' first-round draft choice, told reporters, "I was anxious to get back out there. It's a good feeling to be back. I think I did a good job at practice today. I'm learning fast. I'm ready to take on whatever is brought to me."

A pass-catching tight end who starred in mini-camp, Lewis will likely be given the opportunity to become a major target in his rookie season.

"I'm going to fit in where I fit in. Win a Super Bowl. There's no expectation other than that. I'm here to help them get over the top. That's one of the reasons they brought me in here and I'm not going to let them down," Lewis said.

Owner Wayne Weaver talked to reporters about the team's announcement on Tuesday that it had sold-out Alltel Stadium's general-bowl seating for the 2006 season, and that the team was now accepting applications to be placed on a waiting list. Weaver said he believes the team has turned the corner.

"The market has grown with us. The economy is good. Things are good in Jacksonville. It's the best of times. I think we'll continue to build the waiting list," Weaver said.

"We look forward to having a loud stadium and a great homefield advantage. They've showed this is a great NFL market," Weaver added of Jaguars fans who've responded to the team's success of last season with a flurry of ticket-buying.

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