FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Junior tailback Michael Smith has been named one of four nominees for the AT&T All-America Player of the Week for his performance in Arkansas’ 25-22 win over No. 20 Auburn last weekend.
Smith rushed for a career high 176 yards and one touchdown on 35 carries against the Tigers. His 63-yard run in the fourth quarter gave Arkansas a lead it would not relinquish in the Hogs’ fourth-quarter comeback. Smith was also recognized as the Southeastern Conference Offensive Player of the Week by the league office.
Other nominees for the AT&T All-America Player of the Week for week seven of the college football season include Oklahoma State running back Kendall Hunter, University of Texas wide receiver Jordan Shipley and University of Florida linebacker Brandon Spikes. The nominees were selected by ESPN as this week’s top candidates, based on the players’ outstanding performances over the weekend.
The winner will be determined by fan voting. Fans can text message VOTE to 51234 on their wireless phone to opt in for the chance to vote. Fans have until 11:59 p.m. ET on Wednesday to submit their votes. The winner will be announced during Thursday’s 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.
Additionally, AT&T customers can view video highlights and photos of each week’s candidates and track their favorite teams through AT&T’s wireless NCAA Football Portal, which is accessible on AT&T handsets by launching AT&T MEdiaTM Net and clicking through to the sports category. AT&T wireless customers with 3G handsets can also watch "Confessions of a College Football Junkie" video clips featuring Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit by accessing ESPN on AT&T CV.*