Freeman Nominated for Cingular Award

MANHATTAN, Kan. Kansas State quarterback Josh Freeman is one of four players nationally to be nominated for the Cingular All-America Player of the Week after the freshman led the Wildcats to a dramatic 45-42 win Saturday night over defending national champion and No. 4-ranked Texas.

The weekly award is the only major college football award that is determined exclusively by fan voting as fans can determine the winner by text messaging “VOTE” to “87654” on their wireless phone and casting their votes for the nominees.

Fans have until 11:59 p.m. eastern time on Wednesday to submit their votes. The winner will be announced November 16 during ESPN’s Thursday night college football game between West Virginia and Pittsburgh. 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.

Freeman completed 19-of-31 passes for 269 yards and a career-high three touchdowns Saturday and also ran for another score. The 6-foot-6 quarterback was good on six passes for over 20 yards in the game and eight over 15 yards and also completed passes to nine different receivers.

The Kansas City, Mo., native set a new Kansas State freshman passing mark for a season in the game and now has 1,407 yards on the year. In his last three games, all Big 12 Conference wins, Freeman is 55-of-77 for 681 yards and six touchdowns.

Freeman joins Georgia safety Tra Battle, Arkansas running back Darren McFadden and Connecticut running back Donald Brown as this week’s nominees, which were chosen by a panel of ESPN college football analysts.