Jon Jay Q&A

Jon Jay is a sophomore looking forward to the 2005 season tonight as Miami has a home game against FIU at 7:00 pm. Last year he was one of two Hurricanes to play in every game.

2004 Statistics: 63 games, .368, 6 HR, 56 RBI, 19-26 SB

How was your off-season?

I went to Virginia and played on the same team as Chris Perez. I had a good time there. I got back and then relaxed for about three weeks. I started my off-season workouts and ran in the mornings. Then in the fall I tried to work on all aspects of my game.

A lot of people are talking about Chris Perez, what makes him so special?

I think he gained a lot of confidence in the summer because he has great stuff. He just needs the confidence to go along with it. Hopefully he can step it up this year because we really need him. He can be a big x-factor for our team.

How did you perform in January?

Things have been going all right. I started off slow, but then felt better each day as we got back into it. I have been working on little things right now.

Is there anything in particular that you wanted to improve upon from last year?

I just wanted to be a lot stronger. I worked hard on that this off-season and I wanted to get a lot faster. Hopefully that can help me out this year.

How different is your mindset heading into this year compared to last year?

It is a lot different because you really know what to expect. It is not just a rush. I know what to expect during the season. I know what I need to work on early.

Looking back on last year, can you talk about your freshman season in which you played every game?

It was a great season. I couldn't have asked for anything better. I thought I was going to be able to contribute, but not as much as I did. Hopefully I can improve on that and help the team out again this year.

Are there some other guys besides Chris that you are looking forward to seeing this season who had a limited role last year?

Probably Brendan Katin. Hopefully he will have a bigger role this year and play well. He has a big, strong bat and hopefully he will hit a lot of homeruns for us.

Christopher Stock is a Staff Writer for CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at

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