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20 December 2007
JSUís Whittemore on Watch List
as Nationís Top Baseball Player

Reprinted here in its entirety.


LUBBOCK, Texas Ė Jacksonville State senior outfielder Clay Whittemore has been named to the pre-season 2008 Brooks Wallace Player of the Year Award Watch List, which was released on Friday by the College Baseball Foundation.

Whittemore was named a third-team Louisville Slugger/TPX All-American and the Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year after leading the OVC in hits (93), multiple-hit games (31), multiple-RBI games (20), RBI (69) and doubles (20) last season.

He was second in the OVC in batting average (.391), third in on-base percentage (.456) and eighth in slugging (.513).

Whittemore, a native of Cullman, was just one of two Ohio Valley Conference players named to the list, joining Eastern Kentuckyís Christian Friedrich.

The Brooks Wallace Award is presented annually to the national college baseball player of the year. The 2007 winner was Vanderbiltís David Price.

The Wallace Watch will be trimmed to 12 semi-finalists by late May. Then the selection committee will narrow the list to three finalists following the NCAA Super Regionals, prior to the College World Series.

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.

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.

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