Ben Olson Nominated for AT&T All-America Player of the Week Award
Sept. 2, 2007
UCLA quarterback Ben Olson is one of four nominees for the AT&T All-America Player of the Week award, and now it's up to the fans to determine the winner. Olson joins University of Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennan, Appalachian State quarterback Armanti Edwards and wide receiver Tiquan Edwards of Rutgers on the ballot list, which was selected by ESPN based on the players' outstanding performances during the week. Fans can determine the winner by text messaging 'VOTE' to '87654' on their wireless phone.
Olson was 16 of 29 for 286 yards and five touchdowns in UCLA's 45-17 win over Stanford. Brennan, a finalist for last year's AT&T All-America Player of the Year award, threw for 416 yards and six touchdowns as No. 23 Hawaii opened its season with a victory over Northern Colorado. Appalachian State quarterback Armanti Edwards threw for 227 yards and three scores in their stunning 34-32 victory over Michigan. Underwood had 10 catches for a school-record 248 yards and two touchdowns to pace Rutgers in their 38-3 blowout over Buffalo.
Fans have until 11:59 p.m. EST on Wednesday to submit their votes. The winner will be announced Sept. 6 during Thursday's ESPN College Football Primetime college football game between Oregon State and Cincinnati. 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, La. The AT&T All-America Player of the Week program will continue throughout the season, with the nominees being revealed each Sunday on ESPN SportsCenter at 9 a.m. ET and on the Web at www.espnallamerica.com. 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 scorecards, 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 on Jan. 4 and the winner will be announced during the BCS National Championship game on FOX on Jan. 8.
Last year, University of Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn was crowned as the AT&T All-America Player of the Year, beating out Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith, the Heisman Trophy winner, Rutgers running back Ray Rice and Hawaii 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.
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