Caleb Cozart Named Semifinalist for 2024 Dick Howser Trophy

Caleb Cozart Named Semifinalist for 2024 Dick Howser Trophy

DALLAS, Texas – UNC Greensboro (UNCG) baseball senior Caleb Cozart has been named a semifinalist for the 2024 Dick Howser Trophy, presented by The Game Headwear.

The prestigious award in college baseball is given to the top player based on two rounds of national voting by National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) members.

In total, there are 68 candidates from 48 different schools. The Southern Conference (SoCon) is represented by three athletes, including Samford’s John Anderson (2B) and Michael Ross (SP) joining Cozart on the list.

“Being in the mix for this award is amazing, I never thought I would receive such a thing,” said Cozart. “Things like this would not be possible without my teammates, coaches and everyone else doing their part to help the team.”

Among the best power hitters in the country, Cozart ranks 13th in the NCAA with 22 home runs as well as 14th in terms of home runs per game (0.46). He broke UNCG’s single-home run record when he hit his 18th this year back on April 24 while the Spartans were hosting High Point in Greensboro.

The High Point, N.C., native is on the verge of setting another benchmark in UNCG’s record book. Standing at 72 RBI this season (10th in the NCAA), Cozart is just a pair of runs batted in from breaking Kennedy Jones’ record of 73 during the 2022 campaign. He currently ranks eighth in the country by averaging 1.5 RBI per game.

Finalists will be announced on June 8. The ’24 award will then be presented at Charles Schwab Field in Omaha and televised on MLB Network at the College World Series on June 12.

The Dick Howser Trophy, presented by The Game Headwear, is given in memory of the former Florida State University All-America shortstop and major league player and manager who died of brain cancer in 1987. The trophy is regarded as baseball’s most prestigious award. Criteria for consideration of the trophy include performance on the field, leadership, moral character and courage – all qualities that were exemplified by Dick Howser’s life.

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The Spartans conclude their regular season hosting USC Upstate this weekend, beginning Thursday, May 16 to Saturday, May 18 at the UNCG Baseball Stadium.

UNCG will honor Cozart and the rest of the Spartans’ graduating class with Senior Day on Friday featuring recognition 30 minutes before first pitch.

Name, Position, School
Christian Almanza, 1B, Saint Mary’s
Edgar Alvarez, 1B, Nicholls
Billy Amick, 3B, Tennessee
John Anderson, 2B, Samford
Jamie Arnold, SP, Florida State
Evan Aschenbek, RP, Texas A&M
Ethan Bates, RP, Louisiana Tech
Travis Bazzana, 2B, Oregon State
Chris Beilenson, RP, Duke
Carson Benge, UTIL, Oklahoma State
Brooks Bryan, C, Troy
Chase Burns, SP, Wake Forest
Mason Burns, RP, Western Kentucky
Drew Burress, OF, Georgia Tech
Blake Burke, 1B, Tennessee
Ryan Campos, C, Arizona State
Jac Caglianone, UTIL, Florida
Jakob Christian, OF, San Diego
Charlie Condon, 3B, Georgia
Caleb Cozart, DH, UNC Greensboro
Carter Cunningham, 1B, East Carolina
Kyle DeBarge, SS, Louisiana
Edwin DeLaCruz, C, Arkansas-Pine Bluff
Daniel Dickinson, 2B, Utah Valley
Jalin Flores, SS, Texas
Carter Gaston, SP, Portland
Lawson Harrill, OF, Campbell
Luke Holman, SP, LSU
Bridger Holmes, RP, Oregon State
Vance Honeycutt, OF, North Carolina
Walter Janek, C, Sam Houston State
Ryan Johnson, SP, DBU
Dakota Jordan, OF, Mississippi State
Keith Jones, OF, New Mexico State
Caden Kendle, OF, UC Irvine
Seaver King, 2B, Wake Forest
Josh Kuroda-Grauer, SS, Rutgers
Nick Kurtz, 1B, Wake Forest
Alec Makarewicz, 3B, NC State
T.J. McCants, OF, Alabama
Cole McConell, OF, Louisiana Tech
Liam McFadden-Ackman, 1B, Northern Kentucky
LP Langevin, RP, Louisiana
Jace LaViolette, OF, Texas A&M
Caleb Lomavita, C, California
Izaak Martinez, RP, UC San Diego
Matthew Matthjis, SP, North Carolina
Lyle Miller-Green, OF, Austin Peay
Ben Miller, 3B, Duke
Gage Miller, 3B, Alabama
Braden Montgomery, OF, Texas A&M
Christian Moore, 2B, Tennessee
Ryan Prager, SP, Texas A&M
Jake Reinisch, DH, Wake Forest
Michael Ross, SP, Samford
Brett Sears, SP, Nebraska
Austin Smith, UTIL, San Diego
Cam Smith, 3B, Florida State
Hagen Smith, SP, Arkansas
James Tibbs III, OF, Florida State
Payton Tolle, SP, TCU
JJ Wetherholt, SS, West Virginia
Mason White, SS, Arizona
Tommy White, 3B, LSU
Nick Wissman, RP, Dayton
Jakob Wright, SP, Cal Poly
Blake Wright, 3B, Clemson
Trey Yesavage, SP, East Carolina

Courtesy of Connor Wachtel
Strategic Communications Coordinator
UNC Greensboro