College football fans across the nation have made their voices heard and chosen this season’s third recipient of the AT&T All-America Player of the Week award, the only major college football award chosen exclusively by fans.
University of Kentucky senior quarterback André Woodson claimed the honor today after going 30 for 44 with 275 yards and four touchdowns in Kentucky’s stunning last-second upset of then No. 9 Louisville. Woodson received 48 percent of the votes to beat out University of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow (27 percent), Michigan running back Mike Hart (17 percent) and Wisconsin running back P.J. Hill (8 percent).
Woodson is not only the first Kentucky Wildcat to win the AT&T All-America Player of the Week award, but he is also the first to be nominated. He was also named the Southeastern Conference Offensive Player of the Week by the league office on Monday for his outstanding play in their upset victory.
“AT&T congratulates André for his tremendous performance for the University of Kentucky football team last week, and we wish him the best of luck throughout the season,” said Dave Garver, executive director of Business Development and Wireless 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 87654 from a wireless phone. The four candidates for the award are revealed each Sunday on the 9 a.m. ET ESPN “SportsCenter,” via text message alerts and on the Web at www.espnallamerica.com. Fans then have until 11:59 p.m. ET on the following Wednesday to participate in the voting. The winner is announced at halftime during Thursday’s ESPN College Football Primetime Presented by Applebee’s college football game.
There is no limit on fan voting, and each vote counts as one entry into a sweepstakes to win a trip to the 2008 BCS National Championship game in New Orleans. The AT&T All-America Player of the Week program will continue throughout the season. AT&T customers can visit AT&T’s wireless NCAA® Football Portal on their handsets to view video highlights of each week’s candidates, retrieve photos, check scores, track their favorite teams and download school ringtones.
In December, four finalists for the AT&T All-America Player of the Year award will be announced during a one-hour special on ABC Sports, when the Football Writers Association of America All-America team will also be announced. 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 up until the Bowl Championship Series. Voting ends Jan. 4, and the winner will be announced during the BCS National Championship game on FOX Jan. 8.
Last year, University of Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn was crowned as the AT&T All-America Player of the Year after beating out Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith — the Heisman Trophy winner — Rutgers running back Ray Rice and Hawai’i quarterback Colt Brennan. Voting for the AT&T All-America Player of the Year was the highest total in the three-year history of the award.