Miller, Cox Named To Dick Howser Trophy Watch List

Tar Heel juniors up for national player of the year honors.

Jay Cox is one of 64 players on the watch list for the Dick Howser Trophy.

Jay Cox is one of 64 players on the watch list for the Dick Howser Trophy.

April 27, 2006

COLUMBUS, Ohio - North Carolina left-hander Andrew Miller and outfielder Jay Cox are among the 64 candidates named to the watch list for the Dick Howser Trophy, which is presented annually to the top player in college baseball by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association in conjunction with the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce.

Miller is 9-0 with an ACC-leading 1.56 earned run average over 10 starts. He ranks among the league leaders in wins, ERA, opponent batting average and strikeouts per nine innings.

Cox is batting .396 with career highs of nine home runs and 40 RBI. He leads the Tar Heels with a .644 slugging percentage and a .497 on-base percentage.

The membership of the NCBWA will choose the Dick Howser Trophy based on three rounds of voting. The 2006 winner will be announced at the College World Series in Omaha on Friday, June 16.

The Dick Howser Trophy, given in memory of the former Florida State University All-America shortstop and major league player and manager who died of brain cancer in 1987, is regarded by many as college baseball's most prestigious award. Criteria for consideration for the trophy include performance on the field, leadership, moral character and courage, qualities that were exemplified by Dick Howser's life.

The Howser Trophy was created in 1987, shortly after Howser's death. Previous winners of the Howser Trophy are Mike Fiore, Miami, 1987; Robin Ventura, Oklahoma State, 1988; Scott Bryant, Texas, 1989; Alex Fernandez, Miami-Dade Community College South, 1990; Frank Rodriguez, Howard College (Texas), 1991; Brooks Kieschnick, Texas, 1992 and 1993; Jason Varitek, Georgia Tech, 1994; Todd Helton, Tennessee, 1995; Kris Benson, Clemson, 1996; J. D. Drew, Florida State, 1997; Eddy Furniss, LSU, 1998; Jason Jennings, Baylor, 1999; Mark Teixeira, Georgia Tech, 2000; Mark Prior, P, USC, 2001, Khalil Greene, SS, Clemson, 2002; Rickey Weeks, 2B, Southern U., 2003; Jered Weaver, RHP, Long Beach State, 2004; and Alex Gordon, 3B, Nebraska, 2005.

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