This is the second major award watch list for Brett Jensen, as he was named to the Roger Clemens Award Watch list last month. Last
season, Jensen set a school record with 16 saves, as he posted a 2-5 record with
a 1.96 ERA in 33 games. He was 16-of-17 in save chances in 2005, while his total
ranked third nationally. Jensen, who posted a 46-to-9 strikeout-to-walk ratio in
46 innings of work, is the nation’s returning leader in saves from a year ago.
Tyler Chambliss of Florida State returns with 15 from
’05, while Casey Lambert (Virginia), Kevin Gunderson (Oregon State) and Paul
Koss (USC) each tallied 14. A total of 14 pitchers that appear on the 2006 watch
list finished last season with 10 or more saves.
The 2006 watch list represents 13 conferences, led by
five players from the Atlantic Coast, and four from the Big 12. The Conference
USA, Missouri Valley, Pac-10, and Southeastern Conference each have three
players represented, while the Atlantic 10 and Big West both have two players
representing their leagues. The Atlantic Sun, Big Ten, Big East, Northeast, and
Patriot each have one player.
The Huskers, who are ranked as high as fourth in the
preseason national polls, open the 2006 campaign two weeks from today, as they
travel to Charleston Southern to begin a four-game trip through South Carolina.
2006 NCBWA STOPPER OF THE YEAR WATCH
Pitcher School Cl. Hometown
Best Southern Miss
Sr. Ruston, La.
Gerard Breslin La Salle Jr. Havertown,
Tyler Chambliss Florida State
Jr. Live Oak, Fla.
Bryce Cox Rice
Don Czyz Kansas
Sr. Overland Park, Kan.
Milan Dinga Army
Jr. Tampa, Fla.
Erickson UC Irvine
Jr. Fair Oaks, Calif.
Kevin Gunderson (L) Oregon
State Jr. Portland, Ore.
Louisville Sr. Louisville,
Jonathan Hovis North Carolina
Sr. Gastonia, N.C.
Eagle Grove, Iowa
Ryan LaMotta Baylor Sr. Sugarland,
Daniel Latham Tulane
Jr. Covington, La.
Mike McBryde Florida Atlantic Jr.
N. Palm Beach, Fla.
Arizona Jr. Golden, Col.
Rory Meister Ohio State
So. Mansfield, Ohio
Evansville Jr. Evansville,
Darren O’Day Florida
Sr. Jacksonville, Fla.
Vinnie Pestano Cal State Fullerton
Jr. Anaheim Hills, Calif.
Holmes Beach, Fla.
Jr. Portland, Ore.
Steve Richard Clemson Jr. Billerica,
David Robertson Alabama
So. Tuscaloosa, Ala.
West Hills, Calif.
Wichita State So. Wichita, Kan.
Eric Walker UNC Charlotte Sr. Clemmons, N.C.
Tennessee Jr. Miami,
(L) indicates left-handed