Feb. 19, 2008
How have you made the adjustment from infielder to catcher? "When I first started, I wondered if it would work, but Coach Corbin said I had the potential to be a good one because of my short arm action. I stuck with it, and with Coach Allen's help, although it was a lot more of a difficult transition than I thought it was going to be getting use to blocking and all of that good stuff, I've gotten to a point where I'm comfortable catching and handling the pitchers. I love being in there every play, and I wouldn't do it any other way."
Did catching for an outstanding pitching staff last year make your job easier? "I wouldn't say easy. I'd say it was fun. I enjoyed it. David (Price) was actually my least favorite guy to catch at the beginning of the year because of ball movement. You have to get use to it, but after three or four starts, it was almost fun going out there keeping every batter guessing. The pitchers made it easy. Casey (Weathers) and all of the guys spotted up. They didn't make it too tough on me."
What was your most memorable moment from last year? "It was probably when (David) Price came in during the late innings of the last Michigan game. I remember he came in and struck out the left-handed lead off batter (Jason Christian). The guy had no chance and to see Price's emotion after that, I walked off the field and saw Price staring at him, and it didn't get any better than that."
How long did it take you recover from the last game of last season? "You try to move on as soon as it's over, but I had it in the back of my mind. In the banquet (Feb. 9), there were pictures of the Michigan guys celebrating. It brought back memories and a drive and a wanting that we should've been there. It gets us even more ready for the season to start this year."
Who was the toughest pitcher you have faced in college? "I would have to say Sean Watson from Tennessee. He was pretty difficult. He came from a couple of different arm slots. The ball never did the same thing twice."
Which venue are you most looking forward to playing at this year aside from Hawkins Field? "I would have to say Mississippi State because we haven't been there since my freshman year. The fans are fun in the outfield."
What is the best movie you have seen this year? "Untraceable was pretty good."
What is your favorite type of music? "I like Alternative."
What are your expectations for the team? "I think mine are the same as everyone's. We were knocking on the door of hosting a Super Regional. I don't see it going any differently this year. We have to take one game at a time. We're not so much worried about the teams we're playing as much as we are playing our game and style of baseball. If we can do that, then I think we'll be successful."
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