Harrell an AT&T Player of the Year Finalist

Graham Harrell, Sam Bradford, Colt McCoy and Tim Tebow are announced as the finalists for the AT&T All-America Player of the Year. Text VOTE to 51234 to Cast Your Ballot for the Best College Football Player in the Country.

DALLAS, Dec. 13, 2008 — Four nominees have been announced for the AT&T All-America Player of the Year award, and only the fan votes will determine the top college football player in the nation. University of Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford, Texas Tech quarterback Graham Harrell, University of Texas quarterback Colt McCoy and University of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow have been selected by ESPN as the nation's top candidates based on their outstanding performances throughout the season.

Fans will determine the winner by sending the text message VOTE to 51234 from a wireless phone and casting their vote for who they think earned the title of best college football player in the country. Fans who participated in the AT&T All-America Player of the Week voting will automatically receive a text message with the nominees for Player of the Year.

Voting for the AT&T All-America Player of the Year is open until Tuesday, Jan. 6 at 12 Noon ET. The selection process will culminate with an announcement during the Bowl Championship Series National Championship game on FOX Jan. 8.

"We have a quality group of finalists for this year's AT&T All-America Player of the Year," said Tim McGhee, executive director of corporate sponsorships for AT&T's wireless unit. "College football fans will have a tough choice selecting one winner from these outstanding players. The strength of this award is that the fans decide who receives the honor – and AT&T is proud to provide the technology behind the voting. We recognize the players for their achievements on the field and wish each of them the best of luck."

The credentials of the candidates are impressive, as they have led their teams to a combined record of 46-4 and will all appear in two major BCS games as well as the National Championship game. Below is an overview of each candidate's qualifications:

Sam Bradford, quarterback for the University of Oklahoma, had a stellar sophomore campaign. He passed for a school-record 4,464 yards and led the nation with 48 touchdowns while throwing only six interceptions. He also led the nation with a passer rating of 186.3. In addition, he rushed for five touchdowns and won AT&T All-America Player of the Week in Week 13. Bradford will lead the Sooners against the University of Florida in the BCS National Championship game on Jan. 8.

Texas Tech quarterback Graham Harrell won AT&T's All-America Player of the Week four times this season, the most of any player this year. Harrell passed for 4,437 yards and threw for 41 touchdowns, two touchdowns within breaking the NCAA career record and had a passer rating of 163.03. He also rushed for six touchdowns and led the Red Raiders to their first 10-0 start in 70 years, beat a No. 1 team for the first time and led TTU to a school record of No. 2 in the polls. Harrell will lead the Red Raiders against Ole Miss in the AT&T Cotton Bowl on Jan. 2.

Colt McCoy, quarterback for University of Texas, set team records in both passing and touchdowns. McCoy passed for 3,445 yards and 32 touchdowns with a passer rating of 179.20. In addition, he led the team in rushing with 576 yards and scored 10 touchdowns on the ground. In the final regular season game of 2008, McCoy broke Vince Young's career record for victories as the starting quarterback for Texas with 31. McCoy will lead the Longhorns against Ohio State in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 5.

In his second year of being nominated for AT&T's All-American Player of the Year, University of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow threw for 2,515 yards, 28 touchdowns and only two interceptions, leading the Southeastern Conference in passer efficiency. Tebow ranks third on the team in rushing with 564 yards and 12 touchdowns, claiming his second straight SEC offensive player of the year award by The Associated Press. Tebow will lead the Gators against University of Oklahoma in the BCS National Championship game on Jan. 8.

There is no limit on fan voting, and each vote counts as one entry into a sweepstakes to win a trip to the 2010 BCS National Championship game in Pasadena, Calif. Full sweepstakes rules can be found at
www.espnallamerica.com/rules.aspx.

Last year, Texas Tech freshman wide receiver Michael Crabtree was honored as the AT&T All-America Player of the Year, edging Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow of Florida, Arkansas' Darren McFadden and Virginia's Chris Long. Voting for the 2007 AT&T All-America Player of the Year was the highest total in the four-year history of the award.



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