The 6-foot, 200-pound senior from Sugar Land, Texas, Kevin Kopps put together one of the most impressive pitching campaigns in college baseball history in 2021.
With statistics that rivaled a starting pitcher, Arkansas’ closer was more than just that. He was THE staff’s golden boy and almost singlehandedly pitched Arkansas into the College World Series.
On Friday, Kopps was presented the Dick Howser Trophy which is rewarded each season to the top amateur baseball player in the country.
Kopps becomes the second Razorback to receive the Dick Howser Trophy joining current Kansas City Royals standout Andrew Benintendi in 2015.
Stopper of the Year Award
2021 Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Year
Collegiate Baseball Magazine National Player of the Year,
The senior finished with a 12-1 record and 11 saves. He allowed just nine earned runs in 89-2/3 innings, appeared in 33 contests (32 in relief), struck out 131 hitters (13.1 per nine innings), walked only 18 batters, allowed 50 hits (just five hits every nine frames), and had an 0.90 ERA to lead NCAA Division I.