Thornton Named To Brooks Wallace Award Watch List

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
FEBRUARY 21, 2005

NORMAN, Okla., -- Senior first baseman Eric Thornton is one of 64 student-athletes on the 2005 Wallace Watch revised on Feb. 15 by the College Baseball Foundation in Lubbock, Texas. He is also one of seven players named from the Big 12 conference.  The Brooks Wallace Award is presented annually to the national college baseball player of the year. Kurt Suzuki of Cal State Fullerton was the winner of the 2004 Brooks Wallace Award.

The Wallace Watch will be trimmed to 12 semi-finalists by Tuesday, May 24, 2005.  Then the selection committee will narrow the list to three finalists following the NCAA Super Regionals at a press conference in Omaha on Thursday, June 16, 2005.  The finalists, their head coaches, and their parents will be invited to Lubbock, TX, for a golf tournament, a welcome dinner and the award banquet.

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 4-year starter, he was named All-Southwest Conference and All-District Six his senior year when he lead 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 preeminent 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. 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, TX.

2005 Wallace Watch List

Big 12:
Eric Thornton, DH/ATH, Oklahoma
Cliff Pennington, SS, Texas A&M
Cameron Blair, SS, Texas Tech
Ty Wright, DH/ATH, Oklahoma St.
Alex Gordon, 3B, Nebraska  
Seth Johnston, SS, Texas 
Josh Ford, C, Baylor

Byron Barber, OF, College of Charleston                 
Ryne Malone, 1B, Florida State
Dennis Bigley, DH/P, Oral Roberts                           
Ian Kennedy, P, USC
Ryan Patterson, OF, LSU
Travis Buck, OF, Arizona State                                 
Matthew Iouye, OF, Hawai’i
Steve Caravati, OF, Ohio State                                 
Christian Vitters, 2B, Fresno State
Cesar Carillo, P, Miami                                              
Ryan Chambers, OF, BYU
Brad Corley, OF, Mississippi State                           
Jeff Corsaletti, OF, Florida
Trevor Crowe, OF, Arizona                                       
Andy Hunter, 1B, Minnesota
Ryan Doherty, P, Notre Dame                                   
Shelby Ford, SS, TCU
Michael Faulk, 1B, Cal State Northridge                    
Jack McLintock, OF, SDSU
Michael Gardner, P, Texas-Arlington                         
Matt McHargue, 1B, USF
Jim Geldhof, 3B, Central Michigan                            
Marc Maddox, 1B, Southern Miss
Danny Gil, P, Miami                                                                                         
Brian Bogusevic, DH/ATH, Tulane
Stephen Head, DH/P, Mississippi                              
Lance Pendleton, OF, Rice                       
Kris Harvey, DH/ATH, Clemson
Warner Jones, 2B, Vanderbilt                                    
Dan Stovall, 1B, New Mexico
Wade LeBlanc, P, Alabama                                      
Zeke Parraz, SS, UNLV
Zach Zuercher, P, Rhode Island
Jeff Lincecum, P, Washington                                  
Steven Blackwood, OF, Geo.Tech
Jed Lowrie, 2B, Stanford                                           
Jacob Butler, OF, Nevada
Tim Mascia, OF, Florida Atlantic                               
Dallas Morris, 3B, UL Lafayette
John Mayberry, 1B, Stanford                                     
Jason Meyer, P, Texas A&M
Jim Negrych, 2B, Pittsburgh                                      
Steve Pearce, 3B, South Carolina
Mike Pelfrey, P, Wichita State               
Chris Rahl, OF, William and Mary
Cesar Ramos, P, Long Beach State                  
Aaron Rawl, P, South Carolina
Anthony Rea, P, Santa Clara                
Ricky Romero, P, Cal State Fullerton
Will Startup, P, Georgia                                             
Nate Stone, 2B, Army
Kiel Thibault, C, Gonzaga                                          
Derrick Gordon, P, Lamar
Chris Getz, 2B, Michigan                                      
Craig Hansen, P, St. John’s
Erik Lis, 1B, Evansville                                           
Caleb Moore, C, East Tennessee St.
Stephen Kahn, P, Loyola Marymount




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