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Friday March 7, 2014UF Baseball's Taylor Gushue Named To Johnny Bench Award Watch List

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The Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission announced on Thursday that University of Florida junior Taylor Gushue (Boca Raton, Fla.) has been named to the Watch List for the 2014 Johnny Bench Award presented by BaseballSavings.com.


Seventy-two catchers were nominated for the award by their coaches. Because the award is given annually to the top Division I collegiate catcher, the list will be updated to include other candidates until May 5, 2014.

 

The Watch List will be narrowed down to the semifinalists, whom will be announced May 15, 2014. Ballots will be sent to the national voting panel at the end of May for a vote to determine the three finalists. The finalists will be announced June 3, 2014. A final vote among the national committee will occur during the College World Series. All finalists will be brought to Wichita and the winner will be announced at the 17th Annual Greater Wichita Sports Banquet on June 26, 2014.

 

Gushue has started all 13 games for the Gators and is hitting .292 (14-for-48), with a team-leading 10 RBI, nine runs, three doubles and a homer. Mike Zunino became the first Johnny Bench Award winner from Florida in 2012.

 

2014 Johnny Bench Award presented by BaseballSavings.com Watch List

Will Allen, Sr., Ole Miss
Blake Austin, Sr., Auburn
Brett Austin, Jr., NC State 
Anthony Azar, Sr., Sam Houston State
Tyler Baker, Jr., Wichita State
Caleb Barker, Sr., Houston
John Bormann, Jr., UT-San Antonio
Austin Bossart, Jr., Penn  
Garrett Boulware, Jr., Clemson
John Crummy, Sr., Miami (Ohio)
Jose Cruz, Sr., Jackson State
Jared Deacon, Sr., Cal State Fullerton
Blair DeBord, Sr., Kansas State
Dustin Dhanani, Jr., Alabama A&M
Nick Dini,  Jr., Wagner
Matt Durst,  Jr., Southern Miss  
Ka'iana Eldredge, Sr., Kansas
Alex Farkes, Sr., Penn State
Mike Fischer, Sr., Columbia 
Aramis Garcia, Jr., FIU
Mitch Ghelfi, So., Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Kyle Gibson, Sr., Louisville
Richard Gonzalez, Jr., Alabama State
Grayson Greiner, Jr., South Carolina
Aaron Gretz, Jr., Ohio State
Chase Griffin,  Jr., Georgia Southern
Taylor Gushue, Jr., FLORIDA  
Sean Hagen, Sr., Eastern Kentucky
Chris Harvey,  Jr., Vanderbilt
Ryan Hissey,  So., William & Mary
Nate Irving, Jr., Virginia
Connor Joe, Jr., San Diego
TJ Losby, Sr., Bowling Green
Tanner Lubach, Jr., Nebraska
Adam Martin, Sr., Western Carolina
Cole Martin, Sr., Michigan
Kevin Martir, So., Maryland
Ryan Matranga, So., San Francisco
Greg McCall, Sr., Texas-Arlington
Max McDowell, So., UConn
Ryan Messex, Jr., Western Kentucky
Levi Meyer, Sr., Florida Atlantic
Taylor Noyer, Sr., New Mexico State
Brian O'Keefe, Jr., Saint Joesph's
Brian Olson, Jr., Seattle
Joseph Olson, So., Stephen F. Austin
Tyler Pearson, Sr., Texas State
Max Pentecost, Jr., Kennesaw State
Taylor Peterson, Sr., North Dakota
Jordan Procyshen, Jr., Northern Kentucky
Pat Quinn, Sr., Rhode Island
Alex Real, Jr., New Mexico
Josh Reavis, Sr., Radford
Matt Reed, Fr., Marshall
Jamie Ritchie, Jr., Belmont
Daniel Rizzie, So., Xavier
Joey Roach, So., Georgia State
Mike Rosenfeld, Jr., Duke
Kyle Schwarber, Jr., Indiana
Adam Sonabend, Sr., Eastern Michigan
Josh Spano, Jr., High Point
Garrett Stubbs, Jr., Southern California
Brett Sunde, So., Western Michigan
Wayne Taylor, Jr., Stanford
Travis Watkins, So., East Carolina
Luke Weber, Sr., USC Upstate
Carter White, Jr., Memphis
Mike Wieland, Sr., Arkansas Pine Bluff
Samm Wiggins, Jr., Houston Baptist
Matt Winn, Jr., VMI
Mark Zagunis, Jr., Virginia Tech
Shane Zeile, Jr., UCLA

 

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