Oct. 18, 2009
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AT&T All-America Player of the Week Nominees Video
TUCSON, Ariz. - Arizona sophomore quarterback Nick Foles is one of four players nominated for the AT&T All-America Player of the Week award.
Foles went 40-for-51 passing with 416 passing yards and three touchdowns in the Wildcats' fourth-quarter come-from-behind victory over Stanford on Saturday night at Arizona Stadium. Making just his third career start, Foles was 8-for-8 throwing in the fourth quarter and improved his season completion percentage to 73.9 percent, a mark that leads all Football Bowl Subdivision quarterbacks.
Additionally, Boston College running back Montel Harris, University of Alabama running back Mark Ingram and Michigan State University wide receiver Blair White have been selected by a panel of analysts from ESPN as this week's top candidates.
Each week during the football season, four nominees for the AT&T All-America Player of the Week award are announced and AT&T* is relies on fans to determine who rules the gridiron. Fans can text message** VOTE to 345345 on their wireless phone to opt in for the chance to vote.
Fans have until 11:59 p.m. ET on Wednesday to submit their votes. The winner will be announced during Thursday's ESPN College Football Primetime Presented by Applebee's. Standard text messaging rates apply.
There is no limit on fan voting and each vote counts as one entry into a sweepstakes to win a trip to the 2010 Bowl Championship Series National Championship game in Pasadena, Calif. Full sweepstakes rules can be found at www.espnallamerica.com/rules.aspx.
In December, four finalists for the AT&T All-America Player of the Year Award will be announced during a one-hour special on ESPN in conjunction with the announcement of the AT&T ESPN All-America Team as selected by the Football Writers Association of America. Fans will then get a chance to say who the best player in the nation is by voting for the AT&T All-America Player of the Year through the BCS. Voting ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on Jan. 5, and the winner will be announced during the BCS National Championship game on ABC on Jan. 7.
Foles and the Wildcats will be back in action at Arizona Stadium on Saturday, October 24 as they host the UCLA Bruins. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. and the game witll be televised on FOX Sports Prime Ticket and FOX Sports Arizona.
Information obtained through news releases contributed to this story.
Some Notes on Nick: Quarterback Nick Foles' 415 yards passing against Stanford rates No. 8 in Arizona single-game passing history, while his 420 yards in total offense in the game rank sixth on the UA chart. His 40 completions rank as the No. 2 figure in history behind Willie Tuitama's 42 at California in 2007... Foles and SU's Andrew Luck combined for an Arizona combo record of 62 pass completions, besting the 60 tossed by Keith Smith (25) and Pat Barnes (35) of California in the first quadruple overtime game in NCAA history at Berkeley in 1996... Foles set a school record for pass completion percentage (78.4) for games with 20, 30 and 40 completions. Tom "Terrific" Tunnicliffe hit 78.0 (21-for-27) against Pacific in 1982, Willie Tuitama hit 74.5 (38-for-51) at Washington in 2007 and Willie hit 68.9 (42-for-61) at Cal in 2007... Foles is making a run toward the single-season passing yardage chart, despite not starting in the first three games. He has 1,152 yards and No. 12 is Bruce Hill (1974) had 1,814 yards... Interestingly, too, Arizona's single-season passing touchdowns chart is within reach of Foles, who has nine. Four players are tied with 11 in a season at No. 14, the last being Keith Smith in 1996... Dan White (1994) holds the No. 10 spot with 14 touchdown throws. Last year Willie Tuitama had 23, and 28 in 2007 for the top two spots... Foles' pass efficiency rating of 151.89 shakes out in the top five if it held up, while his passing percentage of 73.9 would clearly rate the best ever, compared to Smith's 68.5 in 1998, while Tuitama sits at No. 2 with 64.9 in 2008.