Oct. 8, 2006
BERKELEY - California quarterback Nate Longshore is one of four nominees for the Cingular All-America Player of the Week Award. Fans can determine the winner by text messaging VOTE to 87654 on their wireless phone and casting their votes for the nominees.
The four nominees are Longshore, Tennessee quarterback Erik Ainge, Wisconsin running back P.J. Hill and Notre Dame running back Darius Walker. The four have been selected by a panel of ESPN college football analysts as this week's top candidates based on their outstanding performances this weekend.
Longshore led the Golden Bears to a convincing 45-24 victory over No. 11 Oregon. That victory enabled the Bears to jump from No. 16 to No. 10 in this week's Associated Press poll. In the game, the sophomore signal-caller threw for just 189 yards, but three of his passes were touchdowns and he also ran for his first career score, a one-yard plunge around the right side to give Cal a 21-3 advantage early in the second quarter.
Over the last five games, the sophomore has completed 91-of-137 passes (66.4%) for 1,325 yards and 17 touchdowns with just four interceptions. His passing efficiency for the last five games is 182.77. In Longshore's first three career Pac-10 games, he is 54-of-82 (65.9%) for 800 yards and 11 scores. For the season, Longshore has a Pac-10 best 169.8 efficiency rating (ninth in the nation).
Fans have until 8:59 p.m. Pacific Time on Wednesday to submit their votes. The winner will be announced September 21 during ESPNs Thursday night college football game between Virginia Tech and Boston College. Fans can vote as many times as they like, with each vote counting as one entry into a sweepstakes to win a trip to the 2007 BCS National Championship game. The Cingular All-America Player of the Week program will continue throughout the season, with the nominees being revealed each Sunday on the 9 a.m. ESPN SportsCenter and on the Web at www.espnallamerica.com.
Rutgers running back Ray Rice, Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn, Michigan wide receiver Mario Manningham have won the Cingular All-America Player of the Week during the 2006 college football season.
In December, four finalists for the Cingular All-America Player of the Year award will be announced during a one-hour special on ABC Sports. Fans will then get a chance to say who the best player in the nation is by voting for the Cingular All-America Player of the Year up until the Bowl Championship Series. The selection process will culminate during the BCS National Championship game on FOX when the Cingular All-America Player of the Year will be presented.