Fan voting will determine this week's Player of the Week

Sept. 5, 2005

ATLANTA, Ga. --- The national player of the week nominations are in and the polls are officially open. Bulldog fans can cast their vote for University of Georgia senior quarterback D.J. Shockley for the Cingular Wireless/ABC Sports All-America Player of the Week, the only major college football honor determined exclusively by fans. Shockley was nominated for the award after throwing for 289 yards and five touchdowns and running for 85 yards and another score in the Bulldogs' 48-13 rout of Boise State on Saturday. Shockley's five touchdown passes tied a school record.

Shockley 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: Wisconsin running back Brian Calhoun, who rushed for 258 yards and five touchdowns in the Badgers' 56-42 win against Bowling Green: Clemson kicker Jad Dean, who kicked six field goals, including the game winner, in the Tigers' 25-24 win over Texas A&M; and Bowling Green quarterback Omar Jacobs, who passed for 458 yards and five touchdowns in the Falcons' loss to Wisconsin.

Who will be this week's winner now rests solely in the hands of college football fans nationwide. Fans have until Wednesday, September 7 at 11:59 p.m. EST to submit their votes via wireless text messaging.* The winner will be announced September 8 in the first half of the ESPN Thursday Night College Football Game between Oklahoma State and Florida Atlantic. Fans can learn more about this week's nominees online at www.abcsportsonline.com or at ESPN.com (keyword: cingular).

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, University of Texas running back and Chicago Bears first round draft pick Cedric Benson was selected by fans as the Player of the Year.