TAMPA, Fla. -University of Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett was named one of five candidates for the 2010 Premier Player of College Football Award, NFL Hall of Famer Lee Roy Selmon announced Wednesday.
Mallett has completed a single-season school-record 242 passes on 364 attempts for 3,592 yards and 30 touchdowns. He is the fourth quarterback in SEC history to throw for 3,000 yards and 30 touchdowns in consecutive seasons and just the third in conference history to eclipse 3,500 passing yards in back-to-back seasons. The junior from Texarkana, Ark., leads the SEC and ranks fifth in the NCAA with 299.3 passing yards per game. His 30 passing touchdowns lead the SEC and rank seventh in the country, and his 295.5 yards of total offense per game are second in the SEC and 13th in the nation.
In addition to Mallett, Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson, Washington quarterback Jake Locker, Oregon running back LaMichael James and Iowa quarterback Ricki Stanzi also were named candidates.
The Premier Player of College Football Award is a trophy presented to the athlete the fans voted for as the best player in NCAA college football. The candidates will be invited to The 2010 Premier Player of College Football Charitable Awards Dinner set for 5p.m., January 15, 2011, at the University of South Florida’s Marshall Center in Tampa.
Starting today, another poll begins with only Robinson, Locker, James, Stanzi and Mallett on the ballot for fans to vote for the overall winner. The new poll, which can be found at www.premierplayers.com, remains open until the day before the awards dinner where the winner will be announced.
Proceeds from the charitable awards dinner will benefit the Premier Players Sports Foundation, The Children’s Home and The Joshua House orphanages, and SCORE International Foundation which conducts sports missions to more than 20 countries. For more information, call 813-833-3495.