DALLAS, Texas - College football fans across the nation have made their voices heard and chosen this season’s second recipient of the AT&T All-America Player of the Week award, the only major college football award chosen exclusively by fans.
East Carolina quarterback Patrick Pinkney claimed the honor after completing a near-perfect performance last week, passing for 22-28 for 236 yards and one touchdown to upset No. 8 West Virginia 24-3. Pinkney lead the Pirates to their second win against a ranked team and received 57 percent of the votes to beat out Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford (19 percent), Michigan State running back Javon Ringer (13 percent) and Oklahoma State wide receiver Dez Bryant (11 percent). Each of the players was nominated by ESPN for this week’s award based on their outstanding performances last weekend. Pinkney is the second East Carolina player in as many weeks to be nominated for the award.
“AT&T congratulates Patrick for his tremendous performance for the East Carolina football team last week, and we wish him the best of luck throughout the season,” said Tim McGhee, executive director of national sponsorships for AT&T’s wireless unit. “College football draws the most passionate fans, and this award gives them the chance to select the AT&T All-America Player of the Week all season long.”
Fans can register to vote for the AT&T All-America Player of the Week throughout the season by text messaging VOTE to 51234 on their wireless phones. They have until 11:59 p.m. ET each Wednesday to participate in that week’s voting. The winner then will be announced Thursday at halftime of the ESPN College Football Primetime Presented by Applebee’s. Standard text messaging rates apply.
There is no limit on fan voting, and each vote counts as one entry into a sweepstakes to win a trip to the 2009 Bowl Championship Series (BCS) National Championship game in Miami. Full sweepstakes rules can be found at www.espnallamerica.com/rules.aspx.
In December, four finalists for the AT&T All-America Player of the Year Award will be announced during a one-hour special on ESPN in conjunction with the announcement of the AT&T ESPN All-America Team as selected by the Football Writers Association of America. Fans will then get a chance to say who the best player in the nation is by voting for the AT&T All-America Player of the Year through the BCS. Voting ends at noon ET on Jan. 6, and the winner will be announced during the BCS National Championship game on FOX on Jan. 9.
Last year, Texas Tech freshman wide receiver Michael Crabtree was honored as the AT&T All-America Player of the Year, edging Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow of Florida, Arkansas' Darren McFadden and Virginia's Chris Long. Voting for the 2007 AT&T All-America Player of the Year was the highest total in the four-year history of the award.
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