Sept. 11, 2005
ATLANTA -- The national player of the week nominations are in and the polls are officially open. Wildcat fans can cast their vote for Northwestern running back Tyrell Sutton for the Cingular Wireless/ABC Sports All-America Player of the Week, the only major college football honor determined exclusively by fans.
Sutton was nominated for the award after rushing for 214 yards and a school-record-tying four touchdowns in the Wildcats' 38-37 win over Northern Illinois.
To vote for Tyrell Sutton click on the link below.
2005 Cingular ABC Sports All-America Player of the Week
Sutton is one of four candidates for the All-America Player of the Week, who are selected by a panel of ABC Sports and ESPN college football analysts. The other finalists are: Texas quarterback Vince Young, who passed for 270 yards and two touchdowns in the Longhorns' 25-22 victory over Ohio State; California wide receiver Robert Jordan, who had 11 receptions for 193 yards and three touchdowns in the Golden Bears' 56-17 win against Washington; and Ohio University cornerback Dion Byrum, who returned two interceptions for touchdowns, the second of which was an 85-yard, game-winning touchdown return that came in overtime play in their 16-10 win over Pittsburgh.
Who will be this week's winner now rests solely in the hands of college football fans nationwide. Fans have until Wednesday, September 14 at 11:59 p.m. EST to submit their votes via wireless text messaging.*
The winner will be announced September 15 in the first half of the ESPN Thursday Night College Football Game between Utah and TCU. Fans can learn more about this week's nominees online at www.abcsportsallamerica.com or at ESPN.com (keyword: cingular).
Here's how fans can register to vote for the Cingular/ABC Sports All-America Player of the Week this week and every week throughout the 2005 season:
Text "VOTE" to "87654" on your wireless phone
Follow the prompt to vote for your All-America selection
Cingular/ABC Sports Player of the Week candidates will be automatically sent out via text messaging each week
Each time fans vote, they are entered into a sweepstakes to win a trip to the Bowl Championship Series game of their choice. Fans can vote as often as they like.
In December, fans will get a chance to say who the best player in the nation is by voting for the Cingular/ABC Sports All-America Player of the Year. The selection process will culminate in December in a one-hour special on ABC Sports when the Cingular/ABC Sports Player of the Year and the Football Writers Association of America All-America team will be announced. Last year, University of Texas running back and Chicago Bears' first-round draft pick Cedric Benson was selected by fans as the Player of the Year.
*Other wireless carriers must opt-in for their subscribers to participate