Nov. 21, 2006
Tallahassee, FL – Florida State junior Dennis Guinn has been named to the watch list for the 2007 Brooks Wallace Award. The Haines City, FL native is coming off a stellar season for the Seminoles and is one of Florida State’s top returning offensive threats. The award is presented annually to the national college baseball player of the year by the College Baseball Foundation.
Guinn, in his first season as a starter, batted .335 and led the Seminoles in homeruns with 12 and RBI’s with 69. He had 79 hits of which 32 went for extra bases as he slugged .585, second-best on the team. The first baseman led Florida State in doubles and triples last season. He was the fastest Seminole to reach 50 RBI’s in a season since Ryan Barthelemy in 2002and he became just the third player in school history to hit three grand slams in a season. Guinn had a streak of 14 straight games with an RBI in 2006 and he struck out just 31 times in 236 at bats.
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. The finalists, their head coaches, and their parents will be invited to Lubbock, TX, for a schedule of special events tied to the award banquet, which will again be nationally televised by Fox Sports Network and Fox College Sports.
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. A 4-year starter, he was named All-Southwest Conference and All-District Six his senior year when he led the Red Raiders to their first-ever appearance in the Southwest Conference Tournament. After playing two years in the Texas Rangers organization, he returned to Texas Tech and served as a graduate assistant and later as an assistant coach. 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. The Plano, Texas, native was married to the former Sandy Arnold and they had one daughter, Lindsay Ryan.
The selection committee for the Wallace Award is comprised of a national panel of preeminent coaches, sports information directors, former winners and beat media who most closely follow the sport. Screening Committee members will evaluate the candidates and will continue their review throughout the entire baseball season. The list will expand and contract during the regular season and additional Wallace Watch candidates may be added as the season progresses. Voting for the three finalists and the Wallace Award winner will be conducted by confidential balloting, with totals tabulated by the J.W.Anderson & Associates accounting firm in Lubbock, TX.