Czyz Named To Howser Trophy Watch List

April 28, 2006


Kansas senior pitcher Don Czyz has been named to the watch list for the Dick Howser Trophy presented to the nation’s top college baseball player by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, working in conjunction with the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce.

Czyz leads the NCAA with 15 saves and has a 5-0 record and 1.21 ERA. Czyz has also been named to the midseason watch list for the second annual NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award and the midseason watch list for the Roger Clemens Award given to the best pitcher in college baseball.

The membership of the NCBWA will choose the Dick Howser Trophy based on three rounds of voting. The 2006 winner will be announced at the College World Series in Omaha on Friday, June 16, at 9:30 a.m. CDT.

The Dick Howser Trophy, given in memory of the former Florida State University All-America shortstop and major league player and manager who died of brain cancer in 1987, is regarded by many as college baseball’s most prestigious award.

Criteria for consideration for the trophy include performance on the field, leadership, moral character and courage, qualities that were exemplified by Dick Howser’s life.

A Florida native, Howser was a two-time All-America shortstop at Florida State University (1957-58), then coached the Seminoles in 1979 after a career as a major league player and coach. After one year in the college ranks, Howser returned to the majors to manage the New York Yankees and Kansas City Royals and won the World Series with the Royals in 1985. The baseball stadium on the Florida State campus is named for Howser.

The winner’s name is inscribed on the permanent trophy, a bronze bust of Howser permanently displayed at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, home of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and the 1999 NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four. Both the winner and his school receive a special trophy to keep.

The St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce is in its 107th year of existence in 2006. The organization has long been a vital force in the baseball affairs of the city, both in spring training and during the pursuit of a major league baseball franchise for the Tampa Bay area, and continues its solid role in the 21st century.

NCBWA membership includes writers, broadcasters and publicists. Designed to promote and publicize college baseball, it is the sport’s only college media-related organization, founded in 1962.

The Howser Trophy was created in 1987, shortly after Howser’s death. Previous winners of the Howser Trophy are Mike Fiore, Miami, 1987; Robin Ventura, Oklahoma State, 1988; Scott Bryant, Texas, 1989; Alex Fernandez, Miami-Dade Community College South, 1990; Frank Rodriguez, Howard College (Texas), 1991; Brooks Kieschnick, Texas, 1992 and 1993; Jason Varitek, Georgia Tech, 1994; Todd Helton, Tennessee, 1995; Kris Benson, Clemson, 1996; J. D. Drew, Florida State, 1997; Eddy Furniss, LSU, 1998; Jason Jennings, Baylor, 1999; Mark Teixeira, Georgia Tech, 2000; Mark Prior, P, USC, 2001, Khalil Greene, SS, Clemson, 2002; Rickey Weeks, 2B, Southern U., 2003; Jered Weaver, RHP, Long Beach State, 2004; and Alex Gordon, 3B, Nebraska, 2005.

2006 DICK HOSWER TROPHY WATCH LISTPos. 	Name, School2B 	David Adams, Virginia3B 	Pedro Alvarez, Vanderbilt3B 	Matt Antonelli, Wake ForestSP 	Tim Bascom, UCFSS 	Thomas Berkey, Mississippi StateRP 	Daniel Best, Southern Miss3B 	Ronnie Bourquin, Ohio State2B 	Scott Campbell, GonzagaOF 	Tyler Colvin, Clemson1B 	Craig Cooper, Notre Dame2B 	Ramon Corona, N.C. StateOF 	Jay Cox, North CarolinaRP 	Don Czyz, Kansas 3B 	Zach Daeges, CreightonSP 	Eddie Degerman, RiceDH/ATH 	Sean Doolittle, VirginiaSP 	Johnny Dorn, Nebraska1B 	Allan Dykstra, Wake ForestC 	Alex Garabedian, Coll. of Charleston2B 	Johnny Giavotella, New Orleans3B 	Neil Giesler, South CarolinaSP 	Jason Godin, Old Dominion1B 	Danny Hamblin, ArkansasOF 	Cyle Hankerd, Southern CaliforniaC 	Chris Hatcher, UNC WilmingtonSP 	Bryan Henry, Florida StateSP 	Danny Ray Herrera, New Mexico3B 	Wes Hodges, Georgia Tech1B 	Luke Hopkins, New Mexico StateSP 	Dan Hudson, Old Dominion1B 	Chad Huffman, TCURP 	Ben Hunter, Wake ForestRP 	Brett Jensen, NebraskaOF 	Carson Kainer, TexasSS 	Tom King, TroySS 	Ryan Khoury, UtahOF 	Kellen Kulbacki, James MadisonSP 	Tim Lincecum, WashingtonDH/ATH 	Brad Lincoln, Houston3B 	Matt Mangini, N.C. StateC 	Michael McKenry, Middle TennesseeSP 	Andrew Miller, North CarolinaC 	Blake Murphy, Western Carolina2B 	Jim Negrych, PittsburghRP 	Vinnie Pestano, Cal State FullertonSP 	David Price, VanderbiltDH/ATH	Jared Prince, Washington StateSP 	Wes Roemer, Cal State FullertonOF 	Shane Robinson, Florida StateSS 	Joaquin Rodriguez, Jackson StateSP 	Eddie Romero, Fresno StateOF 	Joe Roundy, Kansas StateRP 	Cole St. Clair, RiceDH/ATH 	Joe Savery, RiceDH/ATH 	Nate Schill, James MadisonOF 	Shawn Scobee, NevadaDH/ATH 	J.B. Shuck, Ohio StateOF 	Quinn Stewart, LSUB 	Ryan Strieby, KentuckyDH/ATH 	Damon Sublett, Wichita State3B 	Kelly Sweppenhiser, VMI RP 	Andrew Urena, MercerSS 	Christian Vitters, Fresno State1B 	Charlie Yarbrough, Eastern Kentucky