Friday, September 23, 2005
For the second consecutive week, a member of the University of Alabama football team has been awarded the Pontiac Game Changing Performance by ESPN.
Alabama alum and Muscle Shoals native Rece Davis announced at halftime of Thursday night's Air Force-Utah game that the fans had selected Alabama sophomore wide receiver Keith Brown's 46-yard TD catch-and-run against South Carolina as this week's winner.
Brown caught a short pass from senior quarterback Brodie Croyle, broke two tackles and then used his speed to race 46 yards for a touchdown to give the Crimson Tide a 14-7 lead en route to an eventual 37-14 win. Alabama scored on its first four possessions of the game, but Brown's third down catch seemed to be the back breaker for the Gamecocks.
Brown received 78 percent of the votes this week to win the award in a landslide.
Brown is the second UA player in as many weeks to win the award. Last week, junior wide receiver Tyrone Prothro made "the catch" at the Southern Miss two-yard line to set up a late second quarter TD that led to an eventual 30-21 win over the Golden Eagles. Prothro received 68 percent of the votes last week for his breath-taking catch over the USM defender.
Pontiac will donate $5,000 in Brown's name to the University of Alabama's general scholarship fund. Both are also eligible for the Pontiac Game Changing Performance of the Year, which will be presented at halftime of the Citi Rose Bowl game on Jan. 4, 2006. The winning school will receive $100,000 for the general scholarship fund.