Fall Ball Preview: Brandon Woodruff

Coming off of a run in the SEC Tournament and a productive summer, Brandon Woodruff talks about his expectations for the team and himself.

At the beginning of the 2012 season, not many people would have predicted Brandon Woodruff pulling two starts in the SEC Tournament. However, the freshman pitcher stepped in during a time of need and had Bulldog fans excited for the next two or three years of his career.

"I was a little nervous, but when I came in I was ready because I had a couple of starts earlier that season which were learning experiences for me," said Brandon. "When the SEC Tournament rolled around, I was ready for that challenge."

Woodruff feels like that experience will prove beneficial this season.

"It's going to help so much just being able to face those guys and then going up to the Cape," he said.

Brandon played for the Harwich Mariners of the Cape Cod League alongside teammate Evan Mitchell. Woodruff went 4-2 on the season with a 3.38 ERA, 30 strikeouts and only 9 walks.

"First of the summer I felt like I was doing well," said Brandon. "I was coming out in short relief throwing an inning or so, and then towards the end I got four or five starts. I think facing those hitters really helped me out because you have to learn how to face both sides of the plate. Maybe I can carry that into this upcoming season."

The competition in the Cape Cod league may not be at the same level as the SEC; however, Woodruff battled against hitters who would anchor their respective collegiate teams.

"It was like every guy was the three-hole hitter from every team," said the talented sophomore.

During the fall Woodruff will focus on the details in order to prepare himself for his sophomore season.

"What I try to do in the fall is getting what I need to get done to better myself," said Brandon. "Then, when the spring rolls around I am ready to go full force. I do the little things that will get me ready for the spring."

As far as goals and aspirations go, Woodruff has only one thing on his mind.

"To definitely be a starter, the goal is to be a Friday night starter," he said.

He also knows that several spots need to be filled in the Bullpen, but that does not worry Woodruff at all.

"There are a lot of young guys that will come in that can fill those," he said. " Some that didn't get a lot of experience last year will step up and be big factors this year," he said.

For this season, Woodruff recognizes the task at hand, and he remembers where the team left off.

"The SEC is really tough because you know there is a lot at stake every weekend series," he said.

Although he and his teammates won the SEC Tournament, losing two straight in Tallahassee Regional left a bad taste in their mouths.

"That was a tough loss; we just need to come in and work hard," said Brandon. "It helps too, having everybody back. We have a lot of experience and we know how to get there. We will go further."

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