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
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