SAN ANTONIO, Texas ?? University of Alabama wide receiver D.J. Hall is one of four nominees for the AT&T All-America Player of the Week award, and now it’s up to the fans to determine the winner. Hall joins Tulane University running back Matt Forte, University of Oregon running back Jonathan Stewart and UCLA corner back Al Verner on the ballot list, which was selected by ESPN based on the players’ outstanding performances during the week. Fans can determine the winner by text messaging VOTE to 87654 on their wireless phone.
Hall had 13 receptions for 185 yards and two touchdowns in their 41-17 upset over Tennessee. Forte set a Conference USA record with 342 yards on 38 attempts with five touchdowns in the Green Wave’s 41-34 overtime win over SMU. He scored the winning touchdown. Stewart rushed 32 times for a career-high 251 yards and two touchdowns in the Duck’s 55-34 win over Washington. Verner posted two tackles for loss with two interceptions including a 76-yard interception return for a touchdown in the Bruins’ 30-21 win over No. 12 Cal.
Fans have until 11:59 p.m. EST on Wednesday to submit their votes. The winner will be announced Oct. 25 during Thursday’s ESPN College Football Primetime Presented by Applebee’s college football game between Boston College and Virginia Tech. There is no limit on fan voting, and each vote counts as one entry into a sweepstakes to win a trip to the 2008 BCS National Championship game in New Orleans, La. The AT&T All-America Player of the Week program will continue throughout the season, with the nominees being revealed each Sunday on ESPN SportsCenter at 9 a.m. ET and on the Web at www.espnallamerica.com.
In December, four finalists for the AT&T All-America Player of the Year award will be announced during a one-hour special on ABC Sports when the Football Writers Association of America All-America team will also be announced. 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 up until the Bowl Championship Series. Voting ends on Jan. 4 and the winner will be announced during the BCS National Championship game on FOX on Jan. 8.