Dec. 16, 2008
Tennessee sophomore outfielder Kentrail Davis and sophomore pitcher Bryan Morgado have been selected to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Preseason All-America Team, announced Tuesday. Davis earned a spot on the first team, while Morgado is a third-team selection.
Davis was recently among a number of collegiate standouts named to the 2009 Brooks Wallace Player of the Year Award Watch List. The Alabama native earned Freshman All-America honors last season while becoming just the ninth Vol in school history to win the team triple crown and the first since 2002. He led the Vols in batting average (.330), home runs (13), and RBI (44), while also pacing the team in hits (68), triples (3), total bases (120), hit-by-pitches (15) and on-base percentage (.435).
Last season Morgado ranked among the nation's strikeouts leaders with 104 Ks through just 80 1/3 innings pitched, and recorded the second-highest single-season strikeout total ever by a Tennessee freshman. He also earned a spot on the prestigious Roger Clemens Award watch list and was among the first 12 players in the nation to accept an invitation to USA Baseball's 2008 National Team Trials.
Davis was one of two Southeastern Conference representatives on the first team as Mississippi's Scott Bittle also received recognition. A total of nine SEC players were represented on the three NCBWA teams, with Tennessee and Alabama each landing two selections.