FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – After breaking or matching five different school records in Saturday’s 56-20 victory over Troy, Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett has been named as one of four nominees for the AT&T All-America Player of the Week award. AT&T is relying on fans to determine who will win the weekly award.
Based on outstanding performances over the weekend, Mallett is joined by North Carolina cornerback Kendric Burney, Boise State wide receiver Austin Pettis and Ole Miss running back Dexter McCluster. Fans can text message** VOTE to 345345 on their wireless phone to opt in for the chance to vote.
Mallett completed 23-of-30 passes for 405 yards and five touchdowns against Troy. His 405 yards were the most by any quarterback in the nation this past weekend. During the game, he set the Arkansas record for passing yards in a season (2,822) and pass attempts without an interception (141). He also set the career and single-season records for most 300-yard passing games (four) and he matched his own single-game passing touchdown record (five).
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 2010 Bowl Championship Series National Championship game in Pasadena, Calif. 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 11:59 p.m. ET on Jan. 5, and the winner will be announced during the BCS National Championship game on ABC on Jan. 7.
Additionally, AT&T customers can view video highlights and photos of each week’s candidates and track select teams through AT&T’s wireless NCAA Football Portal, which is accessible on AT&T handsets equipped with AT&T MEdiaTM Net by launching the application and clicking through to the sports category.