Two Huskers Named to Wallace Watch List

A pair of Nebraska baseball players were honored Tuesday, as they were chosen for the 2006 Brooks Wallace Award Watch List. Pitchers Joba Chamberlain (Lincoln, Neb.) and Johnny Dorn (Grand Island, Neb.) will look to become Nebraska's second straight Wallace Award winner, following in the footsteps of Alex Gordon, who won the award in 2005.

Joba Chamberlain earned All-America honors as a sophomore, compiling a 10-2 record with a 2.18 ERA in 118.2 innings of work. The 6-foot-3, 225-pound righthander was second in the Big 12 in strikeouts with 130 and ranked among the league leaders in wins and innings pitched. Chamberlain, who is projected by Baseball America as the No. 21 prospect heading into the 2006 MLB Draft, was also on the Roger Clemens Award Watch List and was the Big 12's Newcomer Pitcher of the Year in 2005.

Johnny Dorn put together the best freshman year in school history in 2005, helping the Huskers win a school-record 57 games and reach the College World Series. Dorn led the Big 12 in wins, as he posted a 12-2 record with a 2.16 ERA. The Big 12 Freshman of the Year and a first-team Freshman All-American, Dorn led all college rookies in wins and ranked among the leaders in innings and opponent batting average.

The Wallace Watch will be trimmed to 12 semi-finalists by late May. Following the NCAA Super Regionals, the selection committee will narrow the list to three finalists at a press conference in Omaha. The finalists, their head coaches, and their parents will be invited to Lubbock, Texas, for a schedule of special events tied to the award banquet, which will again be nationally televised by Fox Sports Network.

Dedicated to the memory of former Texas Tech shortstop and assistant coach, Wallace was a slick-fielding shortstop at Texas Tech from 1977 to 1980. A four-year starter, he was named All-Southwest Conference and All-District Six his senior year when he led the Red Raiders to their first-ever appearance in the Southwest Conference Tournament. After playing two years in the Texas Rangers organization, he returned to Texas Tech and served as a graduate assistant and later as an assistant coach. In the summer of 1984 he was diagnosed with cancer and fought the disease courageously until his death on March 24, 1985, at age 27. The Plano, Texas, native was married to the former Sandy Arnold and they had one daughter, Lindsay Ryan.

The selection committee for the Wallace Award is comprised of a national panel of coaches, sports information directors, former winners and beat media who most closely follow the sport. Screening committee members will evaluate the candidates and will continue their review throughout the entire baseball season. The list will expand and contract during the regular season and additional Wallace Watch candidates may be added as the season progresses. Voting for the three finalists and the Wallace Award winner will be conducted by confidential balloting, with totals tabulated by the J.W. Anderson & Associates accounting firm in Lubbock, Texas.

2006 Wallace Watch
Ian Kennedy, P, USC                             Shane Robinson, OF, Florida State
Shelby Ford, SS, Oklahoma State                 Matt McHargue, 1B, USF
Max Scherzer, P, Missouri                               Marc Maddox, 1B, Southern Miss
Joe Savery, P-ATH, Rice                         Dallas Buck, P, Oregon State
Ty Dunham, P, Central Michigan                  Adrian Alaniz, P, Texas
Matt LaPorta, 1B, Florida                               J. P. Arencibia, C, Tennessee
Wade LeBlanc, P, Alabama                                Michael Ambort, C, Lamar
Tim Lincecum, P, Washington                             Matt Rizzotti, 1B, Manhattan   
Jason Meyer, P, Texas A&M                               Chris Minaker, SS, Stanford    
Jim Negrych, 2B, Pittsburgh                             Hector Ambriz, P-ATH, UCLA
Adam Carr, 1B, Oklahoma State                   Wes Roemer, P, Cal State Fullerton
Brooks Brown, P, Georgia                                Colin Curtis, OF, Arizona State
Drew Stubbs, OF, Texas                          Andrew Miller, P, North Carolina
Evan Longoria, 3B, Long Beach State                     Scott Sizemore, 2B, VCU
Beau Mills, 3B, Fresno State                            Mike Folli, SS, Buffalo
Matt Melancon, P , Arizona                              Joseph Callendar, 2B, Texas Tech
Joe Spiers, SS, Hawai'i                         Joba Chamberlain, P, Nebraska
Matt Farrington, P, Houston                             Nick Schmidt, P, Arkansas
Chris Campbell, 2B, College of Charleston               Clay Dirks, P, LSU
Brad Emaus, 3B, Tulane                          Greg Dowling, 1B, Georgia Southern
Jay Heafner, 3B, Davidson                               Jeff Kunkel, C, Michigan
Chris Perez, P, Miami                           Keith Gunderson, P, Oregon State
Tyler Chambliss, P, Florida State                       Steven Wright, P, Hawai'i
Pat McMahon, C, Northwestern                    Jim Viscomi, OF, Evansville
Brennan Boesch, OF, California                  Nolan Reimold, OF, Bowling Green
Jake Ball, SS, Jacksonville State                       Michael McKenry, C, Middle Tenne. St.
Matt Wieters, C-ATH, Georgia Tech                       Chad Huffman, OF, TCU
Jeremy Jones, OF, N. Carolina A&T                       Matt Lewis, OF, Penn State
Heath Rollins, P-ATH, Winthrop                  Sean Doolittle, P-ATH, Virginia
Matt Antonelli, 3B, Wake Forest                 Corey Riordan, P, Fordham
Derrick Lutz, P, George Washington                      Bernard Robert, P, Alabama
John Jay, OF, Miami                             Jordan Pacheco, 2B, New Mexico
Paul Coleman, P, Pepperdine                             Luke Hopkins, 1B, New Mexico State
Luke Trubee, P, Dayton                          Chris Johnson, 2B, Stetson
Chris Coghlan, 3B, Ole Miss                             Jared McGuire, 3B, Boston College
Wes Hodges, 3B, Georgia Tech                    Steven Guerra, P, Oklahoma
Anton Daley, DH-ATH, Prairie View                       Troy Krider, DH-ATH, Michigan State
Rowdy Hardy, P, Austin Peay                             Taylor Fowler, P, Arkansas State
Kodiak Quick, P, Kansas                         Brian Blomquist, P, Illinois
Tim Bascom, P, Central Florida                  P. J. Walters, P, South Alabama
Scott Cousins, P-ATH, San Francisco                     Johnny Dorn, P, Nebraska
Keith Weiser, P, Miami (OH)                             Corey VanAllen, P, Baylor
Elih Villanueva, P, Florida International                       Mitch Hilligoss, SS, Purdue
Brandon Hynick, P, Birmingham-Southern          James Bennett, OF, UL Monroe
Charlie Yarbrough, OF, Longwood                 Blake Davis, SS, Cal State Fullerton
Kyle Jones, Texas State, DH-ATH                 David Price, P, Vanderbilt
Brett Pill, 1B, Cal State Fullerton                     Jay Miller, OF, Washington State
Taylor Harbin, 2B, Clemson                              Shane Buschini, OF, San Diego
Kraig Binick, OF New York Tech                  Joseph Hunter, OF, Mississippi State
Gib Hobson, P, NC State                         Brett Sinkbeil, P, Missouri State
Jon Willard, OF, South Carolina                 Michael Taylor, OF, Stanford
Derek Schermerhorn, 3B, Wichita State                   Josh Landry, OF, Louisiana 
Daniel Delcalso, 2B, UC Davis                   John Gaub, P, Minnesota
John Shelby, DH-ATH, Kentucky                   Brennan Garr, P-ATH, N. Colorado
Jared Hughes, P. Long Beach State                       Chad Tracy, C, Pepperdine
Quinton Berry, OF, San Diego State                      Ryan Bird, OF, UNLV
Hunter Mense, OF, Missouri                              Brandon Dewing, P, San Jose State
Chris Pettit, OF, Loyola Marymount                      Scott Reese, P, Creighton
Matt Poulk, 3B, UNC-Wilmington                  Cory Luebke, P, Ohio State
Nick Hill, P, Army                                      Ben Saylor, 1B, BYU
Justin Baum, 3B-C, Pacific                              Aaron Bates, 1B-C, North Carolina State

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