Daniel Uggla Named One of 20 Finalists for NCBWA Player of the Year
April 27, 2001
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The National Collegiate Baseball Writers' Association released its list of the 20 finalists for the 2001 Dick Howser Trophy, given to the player of the year in collegiate baseball. Voting on the award is done by the more than 200-person membership of the NCBWA. On this list are two players from C-USA, Daniel Uggla of Memphis and Jake Gautreau of Tulane.
Uggla, a junior second baseman from Columbia, Tennessee, is currently leading C-USA in batting average (.408), slugging percentage (.868), doubles (21) home runs (tied with Gautreau at 15), and total bases (132).
Uggla also ranks third in C-USA in RBI, (53), fifth in walks, (32), second in on-base-percentage (.534), and seventh in total hits (62).
Uggla leads Memphis in almost every offensive category, and he is one double shy of the single season record, set by Tim Dulin in 1984.
Uggla has been a major reason for the Tigers' turnaround from a 15-37 season in 2000 to a 25-17 record in 2001 with 12 games remaining in the regular season.
2001 Dick Howser Trophy Semi-Finalists
Jeff Baker, 3B, Clemson Brian Baron, OF, UCLA Kenny Baugh, P, Rice Dewon Brazelton, P, Middle Tennessee Jeff Bruksch, P, Stanford Chris Burke, SS, Tennessee Frank Corr, OF, Stetson Nate Fernley, P, Brigham Young Jake Gautreau, 3B, Tulane John-Ford Griffin, OF, Florida State Aaron Heilman, P, Notre Dame Dan Johnson, 1B, Nebraska Richard Lewis, 2B, Georgia Tech Casey Meyers, C, Arizona State Mark Prior, P, USC Kirk Saarloos, P, Cal State Fullerton Kelly Shoppach, C, Baylor Cory Sullivan, OF, Wake Forest Daniel Uggla, 2B, Memphis John Vanbenschoten, DH/ATH, Kent State