Jensen on Stopper of the Year Watch List

University of Nebraska closer Brett Jensen (Eagle Grove, Iowa) was one of 30 players on the initial watch list for the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Award released Thursday afternoon.

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.

Pitcher School  Cl.     Hometown
Daniel Best     Southern Miss   Sr.     Ruston, La.
Gerard Breslin  La Salle Jr.     Havertown, Pa.
Tyler Chambliss Florida State   Jr.     Live Oak, Fla.
Bryce Cox       Rice            Sr.     Carrollton, Texas
Don Czyz        Kansas  Sr.     Overland Park, Kan.
Milan Dinga     Army    Jr.     Tampa, Fla.
Blair Erickson  UC Irvine       Jr.     Fair Oaks, Calif.
Kevin Gunderson (L)     Oregon State    Jr.     Portland, Ore.
Brian Halford   Louisville      Sr.     Louisville, Ky.
Jonathan Hovis  North Carolina  Sr.     Gastonia, N.C.
Brett Jensen    Nebraska        Sr.     Eagle Grove, Iowa
Paul Koss       USC             Jr.     Orange, Calif.
Casey Lambert (L)       Virginia        Jr.     Harrisonburg, Va.
Ryan LaMotta    Baylor  Sr.     Sugarland, Texas
Daniel Latham   Tulane  Jr.     Covington, La.
Mike McBryde    Florida Atlantic        Jr.     N. Palm Beach, Fla.
Mark Melancon   Arizona Jr.     Golden, Col.
Rory Meister    Ohio State      So.     Mansfield, Ohio
Mark Murray     Evansville      Jr.     Evansville, Ind.
Darren O'Day    Florida Sr.     Jacksonville, Fla.
Vinnie Pestano  Cal State Fullerton     Jr.     Anaheim Hills, Calif.
Chris Perez     Miami-FL        Jr.     Holmes Beach, Fla.
Scott Reese     Creighton       Jr.     Portland, Ore.
Steve Richard   Clemson Jr.     Billerica, Mass.
David Robertson Alabama So.     Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Will Savage     Oklahoma        Sr.     West Hills, Calif.
Kevin Schneider Monmouth        Sr.     Lawrenceville, N.J.
Damon Sublett   Wichita State   So.     Wichita, Kan.
Eric Walker     UNC Charlotte   Sr.     Clemmons, N.C.
Sean Watson     Tennessee       Jr.     Miami, Fla.
(L) indicates left-handed pitcher

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