Brown A Finalist For Weekly Honor

ATLANTA (November 6, 2005) — The national player of the week nominations are in and the polls are open. Wolfpack fans can vote for North Carolina State running back Andre Brown for the Cingular/ABC Sports All-America Player of the Week award, the only major college football honor determined exclusively by fans. Brown was nominated for the award by ABC Sports and ESPN college football analysts after rushing for 179 yards in the Wolfpack's 20-15 upset win over No. 9 Florida State.

Like Brown, the other finalists this week are all first-time nominees.  They include: Notre Dame safety Tom Zbikowski, who returned a punt and an interception each for a touchdown and led the team with nine tackles in the Fighting Irish's 41-21 win over Tennessee; Penn State defensive end Tamba Hali, who recorded four sacks and five tackles for losses in the Nittany Lions' 35-14 victory over No. 14 Wisconsin; and Florida quarterback Chris Leak, who amassed 324 total yards and five touchdowns in the Gators' 49-42 double overtime win against Vanderbilt.

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

Who will be this week's winner now rests solely in the hands of college football fans nationwide.  Fans have until Wednesday, November 9 at 11:59 p.m. EST to submit their votes via wireless text messaging.* The winner will be announced November 10 in the first half of the ESPN Thursday Night College Football Game between Boise State and Fresno State.  Fans can learn more about this week's nominees online at or at

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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