Brandon Wikoff of the University of Illinois has made the initial watch list (.pdf) for the 2009 Brooks Wallace Award. Wikoff was the only Big Ten player on the list.
The Wallace Award has a new criteria this season. Since its creation in 2004, it was given to the National Player of the Year. However, this season, the Wallace Award will be presented to the top shortstop in college baseball.
This is probably a good time to refer you to the Illinois Baseball Report where Tom recently interviewed Wikoff.