Cumbie Named All-America Player of the Week

LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech senior quarterback Sonny Cumbie (Snyder, Texas), who helped lead the Red Raiders to their biggest come-from-behind win in school history, has been selected as the Cingular Wireless/ABC Sports All-America Player of the Week.

Cumbie was nominated after throwing for 441 yards and four touchdowns in the Red Raider's 70-35 victory over Texas Christian. Texas Tech trailed 21-0 early in the second quarter before reeling off 56 unanswered points. After three games, Cumbie leads the NCAA in total offense (446 yards/game) and passing (38 completions/game). He is the second consecutive quarterback to win the award, following Purdue's Kyle Orton, who claimed last week's honor.

Cumbie was 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, led by John Saunders. The other finalists this week included Michigan wide receiver Braylon Edwards (eight receptions, 130 yards, two touchdowns), UCLA running back Maurice Drew (323 yards rushing, five touchdowns) and Miami (FL) wide receiver Devin Hester (two punt returns for touchdowns).

Cumbie was named the Player of the Week after receiving the most fan votes via wireless text messaging and online at ESPN.com (keyword: cingular). He will be awarded a commemorative Cingular/ABC Sports All-America Player of the Week plaque.

The Cingular Wireless/ABC Sports All-America Player of the Week marks the first time in college football history that fans can make the call on whom they think deserves to be the All-America Player of the Week. Each week the candidates are announced after the last college game each Saturday during ESPN's "College GameDay Final." Fans have from that time until 8 p.m. Eastern Time on Sunday to text-message their votes. The winner is announced during the 11p.m. Eastern Time broadcast of ESPN "SportsCenter" each Sunday.

On December 1, fans will also get a chance to determine who the best player in the nation is by voting for the Cingular/ABC Sports All-America Player of the Year. Fans will have until December 8 to choose from among five finalists - voting by either text messaging or online.

The selection process will culminate on December 11 at 2 p.m. EST in a one-hour special on ABC Sports when the Cingular Wireless/ABC Sports All-America Player of the Year (selected by fans), and the All-America team (selected by the Football Writers Association of America), will be announced.

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