Dumervil nominated for Cingular weekly award

Louisville senior defensive end Elvis Dumervil is the first ever defensive lineman to be nominated for the award

The national player of the week nominations are in and the polls are open. For the second time this season, Cardinal fans can cast their votes for a Louisville player - this time defensive lineman Elvis Dumervil was nominated for the Cingular Wireless/ABC Sports All-America Player of the Week, the only major college football honor determined exclusively by fans. Dumervil was nominated after tallying three sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception in the Cardinals' 69-14 win against North Carolina on Saturday. He leads the nation with 15 sacks and seven forced fumbles.

Dumervil 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: UCLA running back/kick returner Maurice Drew, who had 279 total yards, including 162 yards in punt returns, and five touchdowns in the Bruins' 47-40 win over No. 9 California; Northwestern running back Tyrell Sutton, who rushed for 244 yards and three touchdowns in the Wildcats' 51-48 win against No. 14 Wisconsin; and USC running back LenDale White, who was nominated for the second time this year after 179 rushing yards and four touchdowns in the Trojans' 42-21 win over Arizona.

Previous Cingular/All-America Player of the Week winners this season include Georgia quarterback D.J. Shockley, Texas quarterback Vince Young and Texas A&M quarterback Reggie McNeal, Minnesota running back Laurence Maroney and Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn.

Who will be this week's winner now rests solely in the hands of college football fans nationwide. Fans have until Wednesday, September 28 at 11:59 p.m. EST to submit their votes via wireless text messaging.* The winner will be announced September 29 in the first half of the ESPN Thursday Night College Football Game between Clemson and N.C. State. Fans can learn more about this week's nominees online at www.abcsportsallamerica.com or at www.cingularallamerica.com.

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, 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

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