June 16, 2021
For Immediate Release
Contact: Mike Montoro
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47 schools, 19 conferences represented on three teams
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DALLAS (NCBWA) – Paced by the five finalists for the 2021 Dick Howser Trophy presented by The Game Headwear, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association 23rd Division I All-America baseball squads (first, second and third teams) features a true Who’s Who of the best in college baseball this spring.

Standouts from 47 different schools and 19 conferences join Howser Trophy finalists Jace Jung of Texas Tech, Kevin Kopps of Arkansas, Jack Leiter and Kumar Rocker of Vanderbilt, and Matheu Nelson of Florida State – all first-team selections – on this dream team of collegiate diamondmen.

Among some of the conference players of the year are FSU’s Nelson of the Atlantic Coast Conference, Arkansas’ Kopps (SEC Pitcher of the Year and Collegiate Baseball magazine Player of the Year), Big 12 Conference Freshman of the Year Jung, and probable consensus All-America righthanders Leiter and Rocker.

Nelson is tied with South Carolina’s Wes Clarke prior to the NCAA World Series June 19-29/30 in Omaha, Nebraska, for the national lead in home runs with 23. Kopps tops all Division I hurlers with a 0.90 earned run average, and Leiter and Rocker enter Vandy’s trek to the World Series Nos. 1 and 2 nationally in strikeouts with 156 and 155, respectively. Jung, the 2021 NCBWA Freshman Hitter of the Year, also led the Big 12 in home runs with 21 for Tech’s Super Regional entry.

Fans and media will have a chance to see many of these All-America choices in the World Series at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha. Southeastern Conference Player of the Year Tanner Allen of Mississippi State nailed down a first team outfield slot for his Omaha-bound Bulldogs while teammate and relief ace Landon Sims of the Bulldogs joined him on the top unit.

Outfielder Jonny Butler (second team) of NC State, which upended No. 1 seed Arkansas to make it to the CWS, Big 12 Conference Pitcher of the Year Ty Madden of Texas (making a NCAA-record 37th trip to Omaha), pitcher Blake Bales of Virginia, and pitchers Brendan Beck and Zach Grech of Stanford all paced their teams to berths in the Final Eight of Division I baseball. NCBWA national Freshman Pitcher of the Year and the Co-National Freshman of the Year by Collegiate Baseball Andrew Taylor of Central Michigan also was a first-team honoree.

The U.S. service academies also are represented on the first team by Air Force’s Mountain West Conference Freshman of the Year and Collegiate Baseball’s Co-National Freshman of the Year utility player Paul Skenes with a .410 batting average, 11 home runs and 11 saves in relief.

This group sports some of the most impressive pitching in the 23-year history of NCBWA All-America selections. The starting pitching first teamers are a composite 65-13 (combined .833 winning percentage) with 10-plus strikeouts per nine innings pitched. The first unit relief staff has a combined 21-5 mound record and 68 saves.

The second team is equally impressive with starting pitchers logging a total of 65 wins against just 16 losses and a relief corps with a composite record of 16-12 in 133 appearances with 46 total saves.

The 2021 All-America team announcement precedes the presentation of the 34th Dick Howser Trophy presented by The Game Headwear. The winner will be announced on Friday, June 18, first on MLB Network and then at a national news conference via Zoom call at a time to be determined just prior to the 74th NCAA College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Nebraska. The announcement of the NCBWA 2021 Stopper of the Year and National Coach of the Year also will take place on Friday via online national release.

NCBWA membership includes writers, broadcasters and publicists. Designed to promote and publicize college baseball, it is the sport's only college media-related organization, founded in 1962.

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, Southern California, 2001; Khalil Greene, Clemson, 2002; Rickey Weeks, Southern, 2003; Jered Weaver, Long Beach State, 2004; Alex Gordon, Nebraska, 2005; Brad Lincoln, Houston, 2006; David Price, Vanderbilt, 2007; Buster Posey, Florida State, 2008; Stephen Strasburg, San Diego State, 2009; Anthony Rendon, Rice, 2010, Taylor Jungmann, Texas, 2011, Mike Zunino, Florida, 2012 and Kris Bryant, San Diego, 2013; A.J. Reed, Kentucky, 2014; Andrew Benintendi, Arkansas, 2015; Seth Beer, Clemson, 2016; and Brendan McKay, Louisville, 2017; Brady Singer, Florida, 2018; Adley Rutschman, Oregon State, 2019.

Pos. First Team School Ht. Wt. Cl. Hometown
C Matheu Nelson Florida State 5-11 209 r-So. Largo, Fla.
1B Tyler Hardman Oklahoma 6-3 204 r-Jr. Corona, Calif.
2B Jace Jung Texas Tech 6-0 200 Fr. San Antonio, Texas
3B Christian Encarnacion-Strand Oklahoma State 6-0 224 So. Pleasant Hill, Calif.
SS Ryan Bliss Auburn 5-9 165 Jr. LaGrange, Ga.
OF Tanner Allen Mississippi State 5-11 190 Jr. Theodore, Ala.
OF Enrique Bradfield Jr. Vanderbilt 6-1 160 Fr. Hialeah, Fla.
OF Mason McWhorter Georgia Southern 6-1 199 r-Sr. Cumming, Ga.
OF Aaron Zavala Oregon 6-0 193 So. Keizer, Ore.
OF Kyler Fedko Connecticut 6-2 210 So. Gibsonia, Pa.
DH Jacob Berry Arizona 6-0 212 Fr. Queen Creek, Ariz.
UT Paul Skenes Air Force 6-6 235 Fr. Lake Forest, Calif.
SP Jack Leiter Vanderbilt 6-1 205 So. Summit, N.J.
SP Kumar Rocker Vanderbilt 6-5 245 Jr. Athens, Ga.
SP Gavin Williams East Carolina 6-6 238 Jr. Fayetteville, N.C.
SP Doug Nikhazy Ole Miss 6-0 205 Jr. Windermere, Fla.
SP Andrew Taylor Central Michigan 6-5 190 f-Fr. Alto, Mich.
SP Matt Mikulski Fordham 6-4 205 Sr. Mohegan Lake, N.Y.
RP Nick Jones Georgia Southern 6-6 209 Sr. Johns Creek, Ga.
RP Taylor Broadway Ole Miss 5-11 205 Sr. Cypress, Texas
RP Kevin Kopps Arkansas 6-0 200 r-Sr. Sugar Land, Texas
RP Carson Palmquist Miami 6-4 190 Fr. Fort Myers, Fla.
RP Landon Sims Mississippi State 6-2 216 So. Cumming, Ga.
Second Team: C Henry Davis, Louisville, So.; 1B Will Frizzell, Texas A&M, Sr.; 2B Connor Norby, East Carolina, So.; SS Jacob Gonzalez, Ole Miss, Fr.; SS Collin Burns, Tulane, r-So.; 3B Tyler Locklear, VCU, Fr.; OF Phillip Sikes, TCU, Jr.; OF Kyle Battle, Old Dominion, Sr.; OF Colton Cowser, Sam Houston State, So.; OF Jonny Butler, NC State, Jr.; OF Reed Trimble, Southern Miss, Fr.; OF Spencer Packard, Campbell, r-Sr.; DH Wes Clarke, South Carolina, Jr.; UT Zach Neto, Campbell, r-Fr.; SP Nicholas Sincola, Maine, Jr.; SP Ty Madden, Texas, r-So.; SP Rodney Boone, UC Santa Barbara, So.; SP Geremy Guerrero, Indiana State, r-Sr.; SP Dominic Hamel, Dallas Baptist, Jr.; SP Johnathan Lavallee, Long Beach State, Jr.; SP Patrick Wicklander, Arkansas, Jr.; SP Brendan Beck, Stanford, Sr.; RP Blake Bales, Virginia, Sr.; RP Zach Grech, Stanford, r-Sr.; RP Haylen Green, TCU, Sr.; RP Jake Mulholland, Oregon State, Sr.; RP Vance Vannelle, Arizona, Sr.
Third Team: C Hunter Goodman, Memphis, So.; C Daniel Susac, Arizona, Fr.; 1B Matthew Christian, Campbell, r-Sr.; 1B Liam McGill, Bryant, r-Sr.; 2B Jackson Glenn, Dallas Baptist, Sr.; SS Trey Sweeney, Eastern Illinois, r-So.; SS Cal Conley, Texas Tech, r-Fr.; 3B Austin Knight, Charlotte, So.; OF Jud Fabian, Florida, r-So.; OF Christian Franklin, Arkansas, Jr.; OF Matt Rudnick, San Diego State, r-Jr.; OF Quincy Hamilton, Wright State, r-Jr.; OF Dylan Crews, LSU, Fr.; OF Dylan Beavers, Cal, So.; DH Ethan Long, Arizona State, Fr.; UT Spencer Schwellenbach, Nebraska, Jr.; UT Danny Hosley, Norfolk State, Sr.; SP Andrew Abbott, Virginia, Sr.; SP Ryan Miller, NC Central, r-So.; SP Parker Messick, Florida State, r-Fr.; SP Sam Bachman, Miami, Ohio, Jr.; SP Landon Marceaux, LSU, Jr.; SP Jordan Marks, USC Upstate, Jr.; SP Will Bednar, Mississippi State, So.; SP Chad Dallas, Tennessee, Jr.; SP Jonathan Fincher, Louisiana Tech, r-Jr.; RP Chase Lee, Alabama, Jr.; RP C.J. Culpepper, Cal Baptist, Fr.; RP Luke Boyd, Baylor, Sr.; RP Kolby Somers, Oregon, Jr.; RP Brett Kerry, South Carolina, Jr.
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For more information on the NCAA Division I All-America team, contact NCBWA Assistant Executive Director Mike Montoro of West Virginia University at 304-293-2821.