The Dick Howser Trophy is given 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 and the College Baseball Foundation. Criteria for consideration for the Dick Howser Trophy include performance on the field, leadership, moral character and courage, qualities that were exemplified by the former Florida State All-America shortstop.
Poythress, a former Greenbrier star, leads Georgia (35-17, 15-12 SEC) with a .387 average, 21 home runs and 75 RBI this season. He is ranked in the top two in the SEC in eight statistical categories including first in hits and second in RBI, home runs, batting average, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, total bases and runs. The Grovetown, Ga., native is just two RBI shy of tying Gordon Beckham's single season school record 77 RBI, and he is the first player in Georgia history to record two 70-RBI seasons.
The membership of the NCBWA will choose the winner of the Dick Howser Trophy based on two rounds of national voting. Three 2009 finalists will be announced just prior to the first game of the College World Series with a press conference slated for Saturday, June 13, at 9:30 a.m. Central at the Omaha Press Club in the old First National Bank Building. The winner will be named in a national broadcast from Lubbock, Texas, on Thursday, July 2.
Poythress and the Bulldogs close out the regular season this weekend at South Carolina.
2009 DICK HOWSER TROPHY SEMIFINALISTS
Pos. Name, School
Dustin Ackley, 1B, North Carolina
Matt Alexander, DH, Air Force
Kyle Bellamy, P, Miami (Fla.)
Troy Channing, 3B, St. Mary's (Calif.)
Cody Hawn, 1B, Tennessee
Chris Henderson, C, George Mason
Mike Leake, P, Arizona State
Bryan Marquez, SS, New Mexico State
OF Kent Matthes, OF, Alabama
Derek McCallum, 2B, Minnesota
Tommy Mendonca, 3B, Fresno State
A.J. Morris, P, Kansas State
Rich Poythress, 1B, Georgia
Brooks Raley, UT, Texas A&M
Anthony Rendon, 3B, Rice
Stephen Strasburg, P, San Diego State