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Haniger Named to Johnny Bench Award Preseason Watch List

March 17, 2009

ATLANTA – Yellow Jacket senior Jason Haniger has been named to the Watch List for the 2009 Coleman Company-Johnny Bench Award, the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission announced Tuesday.

“It’s a great privilege to represent Georgia Tech on this list,” Haniger said prior to Tuesday’s game at Kennesaw State. “I am also humbled to be considered for this prestigious award and honored to be mentioned among this list of great college catchers.

Forty-four catchers were nominated for the award by their coaches, and the list will be narrowed to ten semifinalists May 14, 2009. The finalists will be announced June 3, 2009 prior to the NCAA Super Regionals and Major League Draft, with the winner being announced at the 12th Annual Greater Wichita Sports Banquet June 26, 2009.

“What an honor for Jason,” head coach Danny Hall said. “And he’s very deserving. He has been underrated for all that he brings to this team, but I’m happy that the Coleman Company has recognized him for his hard work.”

The recognition comes two years after Matt Wieters was a finalist for the same award. The former Tech All-American has gone on to become one of the top prospects in the minor leagues after being selected in the first round of the 2007 MLB Draft by the Baltimore Orioles.

The honor is the latest in a list of awards for Haniger, who just last week learned that he was the only baseball player in the Atlantic Coast Conference to receive an 2009 ACC Postgraduate Scholarship.

Coleman Company-Johnny Bench Award Watch List

Buck Afenir  SR, University of KansasBilly Alvino  SR, High Point UniversityJeff Arnold  JR, University of LouisvilleBrett Basham  SR, University of MississippiMatt Behren SR, University of Northern IllinoisDan Benedetti  SR, St. John's UniversityGriffin Benedict  SR, Georgia Southern UniversityDan Burkhart  SO, Ohio State UniversityRyan Cisterna  SR, University of ArkansasNick Criaris SR, Florida Atlantic UniversiityDavid Doss  SR, University of South AlabamaAaron Dudley JR, The University of ToledoScott Dunwoody  SR, University of DaytonJeffrey Farnham  SR, New Mexico State UniversityStephen Flora  SR, Texas A&M - Corpus ChristiTaylor Freeman  JR, McNeese StateMicah Gibbs  SO, Louisiana State UniversityAndrew Giobbi  JR, Vanderbilt UniversityJason Haniger SR, Georgia TechBryan Holaday  JR, Texas Christian UniversityErrol Hollinger  SR, Liberty UniversityRichard Jones JR, The CitadelMark Kelly  SR, Southern Illinois UniversityReid Kraiser SR, UNC AshevilleGreg Lagreid  SR, Washington State UniversityRyan Lipkin  JR, University of San FranciscoMyckie Lugbauer  JR, Univesity of MaineTommy Medica  JR, Santa Clara UniversityMarc Mimeault SR, Georgia State UniversityMike Murray JR, Wake Forest UniversityRafael Neda  SO, University of New MexicoJeff Nolet,  SR, University of VermontBryce Nugent  SO, Marist CollegeJoe Oliveira  SR, University of the PacificRyan Ortiz  JR, Oregon State UniversityJohn Parham  SR, Cal State NorthridgeJosh Phegley JR, Indiana UniveristyBrandon Romans  SR, University of Central FloridaTony Sanchez  JR, Boston CollegeTobias Streich  SO, West Virginia UniversityDallas Tarleton  SR, Elon UniversityMichael Thomas  JR, Southern UniversityJohn Turk  JR, The University of AkronMatt Williams  SR, Duke University

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