Ryan Khoury has been named to the Dick Howser Trophy Watch List.
April 28, 2006
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, working in conjunction with the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce, has released the watch list of 64 candidates for the Dick Howser Trophy, given to the top player in collegiate baseball. Utah senior shortstop Ryan Khoury has been named to that list.
Khoury is currently ranked No. 8 in the nation in batting average and also ranks in the top 30 in slugging percentage and runs scored per game. Khoury leads the Mountain West Conference in batting average, slugging percentage, on-base percentage and hits. He ranks in third in home runs and fourth in RBIs.
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 is 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. The Dick Howser Trophy 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 HOWSER TROPHY WATCH LIST
1B Danny Hamblin, Arkansas
1B Charlie Yarbrough, Eastern Kentucky
1B Ryan Strieby, Kentucky
1B Luke Hopkins, New Mexico State
1B Craig Cooper, Notre Dame
1B Chad Huffman, TCU
1B Allan Dykstra, Wake Forest
2B Scott Campbell, Gonzaga
2B Ramon Corona, N.C. State
2B Johnny Giavotella, New Orleans
2B David Adams, Virginia
2B Jim Negrych, Pittsburgh
3B Zach Daeges, Creighton
3B Wes Hodges, Georgia Tech
3B Matt Mangini, N.C. State
3B Ronnie Bourquin, Ohio State
3B Neil Giesler, South Carolina
3B Pedro Alvarez, Vanderbilt
3B Kelly Sweppenhiser, VMI
3B Matt Antonelli, Wake Forest
SS Christian Vitters, Fresno State
SS Joaquin Rodriguez, Jackson State
SS Thomas Berkey, Mississippi State
SS Tom King, Troy
SS Ryan Khoury, Utah
C Alex Garabedian, Coll. of Charleston
C Michael McKenry, Middle Tennessee
C Chris Hatcher, UNC Wilmington
C Blake Murphy, Western Carolina
OF Tyler Colvin, Clemson
OF Shane Robinson, Florida State
OF Kellen Kulbacki, James Madison
OF Joe Roundy, Kansas State
OF Quinn Stewart, LSU
OF Shawn Scobee, Nevada
OF Jay Cox, North Carolina
OF Cyle Hankerd, Southern California
OF Carson Kainer, Texas
DH/ATH Brad Lincoln, Houston
DH/ATH Nate Schill, James Madison
DH/ATH J.B. Shuck, Ohio State
DH/ATH Joe Savery, Rice
DH/ATH Sean Doolittle, Virginia
DH/ATH Jared Prince, Wash. State
DH/ATH Damon Sublett, Wichita State
SP Wes Roemer, Cal State Fullerton
SP Bryan Henry, Florida State
SP Eddie Romero, Fresno State
SP Danny Ray Herrera, New Mexico
SP Johnny Dorn, Nebraska
SP Andrew Miller, North Carolina
SP Jason Godin, Old Dominion
SP Dan Hudson, Old Dominion
SP Eddie Degerman, Rice
SP Tim Bascom, UCF
SP David Price, Vanderbilt
SP Tim Lincecum, Washington
RP Vinnie Pestano, Cal State Fullerton
RP Don Czyz, Kansas
RP Andrew Urena, Mercer
RP Cole St.Clair, Rice
RP Brett Jensen, Nebraska
RP Daniel Best, Southern Miss
RP Ben Hunter, Wake Forest