Sept. 6, 2009
Sophomore free safety Rahim Moore has been named National Defensive Player of the Wekk by the Walter Camp Football Foundation.
In addition, he is one of four nominees for the AT&T All-America Player of the Week award. AT&T is relying on fans to determine who rules the gridiron.
Based on outstanding performances over the weekend, Notre Dame Quarterback Jimmy Clausen, Missouri Quarterback Blaine Gabbert, UCLA Safety Rahim Moore and Baylor Linebacker Joe Pawelek have been selected by a panel of analysts from ESPN as this week's top candidates. Fans can text message** VOTE to 345345 on their wireless phone to opt in for the chance to vote.
Clausen completed 15 of 18 passes for 315 yards and four touchdowns to lead Notre Dame to a 35-0 victory over Nevada. Gabbert threw for 319 yards and three touchdowns and ran for a fourth in a stellar starting debut to lead Missouri to a 37-9 victory over Illinois. Moore, a sophomore at UCLA, intercepted a school record-tying three passes, helping hold San Diego's quarterback to 18 of 45 for 238 yards in a 33-14 victory. Pawelek helped the Baylor Bears break a nine-game road losing streak with seven tackles, a sack and an interception in their 24-21 win against Wake Forest.
"AT&T is excited to see who the fans will choose this week as the AT&T All-America Player of the Week," said Tim McGhee, executive director, AT&T corporate sponsorships. "Each player had an outstanding game, but the fans will be the ones deciding who is crowned the best."
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.