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    Olson Named To Johnny Bench Award Watch List
    Joseph Olson was named to the 2014 Johnny Bench Award watch list.
    Joseph Olson was named to the 2014 Johnny Bench Award watch list.

    March 7, 2014

    WICHITA, Kan. - Stephen F. Austin sophomore catcher Joseph Olson was named the watch list for the 2014 Johnny Bench Award presented by, announced the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission on Thursday. Seventy-two catchers were nominated for the award by their coaches.

    “Joe has done a great job improving to the point where he is getting national attention,” head coach Johnny Cardenas said. “His work ethic and attention to detail has made him one of the best in our conference, but also in the nation.”

    The Johnny Bench award is given annually to the top division one collegiate catcher, as nominated by their head coaches. Olson is coming off a solid redshirt freshman campaign, currently hitting .256 while anchoring the backstop for the Lumberjacks this season. As a sophomore, Olson has appreared and started in all 10 games for SFA, currently hitting .256 on the year. The native of Waco, Texas, currently leads the team with 60 putouts with just one error.

    “Words can’t really describe how honored and blessed I am for being on the Johnny Bench Award watch list,” Olson said. “God is so good. However, this is not an individual accomplishment. This is a program accomplishment. The coaches have helped me grow as a catcher tremendously and the cast of teammates has helped push me. Without them, this is not possible.

    “This is very humbling and will push me to be a better teammate and do whatever I can to help us win.”

    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.

    Olson and the ‘Jacks begin a three game series at Wichita State on Friday, Mar. 7, before returning to Jacyees Field to open Southland Conference play on Mar. 14 against McNeese State.


    2014 Johnny Bench Award Watch List

    Will Allen, SR, University of Mississippi
    Blake Austin, SR, Auburn University

    Brett Austin, JR, North Carolina State University

    Anthony Azar, SR, Sam Houston State University

    Tyler Baker, JR, Wichita State University

    Caleb Barker, SR, University of Houston

    John Bormann, JR, UT San Antonio

    Austin Bossart, JR, University of Pennsylvania

    Garrett Boulware, JR, Clemson University

    John Crummy, SR, Miami University

    Jose Cruz, SR, Jackson State University

    Jared Deacon, SR, Cal State Fullerton

    Blair DeBord, SR, Kansas State University

    Dustin Dhanani, JR, Alabama A&M University

    Matt Durst, JR, University of Southern Mississippi
    Ka'iana Eldredge, SR, University of Kansas

    Alex Farkes, SR, Penn State

    Mike Fischer, SR, Columbia University

    Aramis Garcia, JR, Florida International University

    Mitch Ghelfi, SO, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

    Kyle Gibson, SR, University of Louisville

    Richard Gonzalez, JR, Alabama State University
    Grayson Greiner, JR, University of South Carolina

    Aaron Gretz, JR, Ohio State Unversity

    Chase Griffin, JR, Georgia Southern University

    Taylor Gushue, JR, University of Florida

    Sean Hagen, SR, Eastern Kentucky University

    Chris Harvey, JR, Vanderbilt University

    Ryan Hissey, SO, The College of William & Mary

    Nate Irving, JR, University of Virginia

    Connor Joe, JR, University of San Diego

    TJ Losby, SR, Bowling Green State University

    Tanner Lubach, JR, University of Nebraska

    Adam Martin, SR, Western Carolina University

    Cole Martin, SR, University of Michigan

    Kevin Martir, SO, University of Maryland

    Ryan Matranga, SO, University of San Francisco

    Greg McCall, SR, University of Texas-Arlington

    Max McDowell, SO, University of Connecticut

    Ryan Messex, JR, Western Kentucky University

    Levi Meyer, SR, Florida Atlantic University

    Taylor Noyer, SR, New Mexico State University

    Brian O'Keefe, JR, Saint Joesph's University

    Brian Olson, JR, Seattle University

    Joseph Olson, SO, Stephen F. Austin University

    Tyler Pearson, SR, Texas State University

    Max Pentecost, JR, Kennesaw State University

    Taylor Peterson, SR, University of North Dakota

    Jordan Procyshen, JR, Northern Kentucky University

    Pat Quinn, SR, University of Rhode Island

    Alex Real, JR, University of New Mexico

    Josh Reavis, SR, Radford University

    Matt Reed, FR, Marshall University

    Jamie Ritchie, JR, Belmont University

    Daniel Rizzie, SO, Xavier University

    Joey Roach, SO, Georgia State University

    Mike Rosenfeld, JR, Duke University

    Kyle Schwarber, JR, Indiana University

    Adam Sonabend, SR, Eastern Michigan University

    Josh Spano, JR, High Point University

    Garrett Stubbs, JR, University of Southern California

    Brett Sunde, SO, Western Michigan University

    Wayne Taylor, JR, Stanford University

    Travis Watkins, SO, East Carolina University

    Luke Weber, SR, USC Upstate

    Carter White, JR, University of Memphis

    Mike Wieland, SR, University of Arkansas Pine Bluff

    Samm Wiggins, JR, Houston Baptist University

    Matt Winn, JR, Virginia Military Institute

    Mark Zagunis, JR, Virginia Tech

    Shane Zeile, JR, University of California, Los Angeles