Catching Up With Justin Bryan
Feb. 8, 2013
Justin Bryan, a 6-5, 230-pound native of Lavonia, Ga., is entering his second year with the Bulldogs. As a freshman, Bryan appeared in 18 games with 10 starts as an outfielder/designated hitter. He batted .289 with four home runs and 13 RBI in only 38 at bats. One of his best performances in his rookie campaign came against fourth-ranked LSU in Baton Rouge. Bryan went 2-for-4 with two home runs and a career-high 3 RBI in Georgia’s 5-3 win. Bryan’s first career home run was a grand slam against Alcorn State on March 14. He was named to the 2012 UGA Athletic Director’s Academic Honor Roll and the SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll.
How are your preparations going for the upcoming season?
“They are going very well. We’re working really hard with early morning workouts and afternoon workouts. I think we’re a lot more focused at this point than we were last year being more physically and mentally prepared.”
What did you learn last season?
“The biggest things I took away from last season were experience and gaining confidence. Having some success last year definitely brings confidence coming into the season and I’m looking forward to keeping it going this year.”
What was your most memorable moment of last season?
“My most memorable moment was definitely my two run home runs at LSU. It was a big win for our program, and it gave me something to build on in my career.”
Who has had the greatest impact on your life?
“My dad has always had a huge impact on my life. He played football here in the ‘80s, and he has always pushed me as an athlete and person and always wanting to succeed and get better.”
What are you working on to improve from last year?
“I am definitely working on improving my defensive work. I didn’t play much defense last year and most of the time I played I was the designated hitter. Being able to step in and hold down left field or right field for our program will really be a big help to us.”
During an at-bat, what goes through your mind?
“The situation is the main thing going through my mind. I’ll also think about any final thoughts that Coach Perno gives me. I’m really just looking to put the barrel on a good pitch.”
What did you learn as a freshman that you are carrying through to this season to help out the younger guys on the team?
“The big thing is preparation, mental preparation and toughness coming in to the SEC because it’s a really tough conference to play in. I feel that the seniors last year were able to show me that, and I’ll be able to pass that on to the other players.”
What is the most exciting play in baseball?
“A walk off hit or walk off home run is the most exciting thing in baseball. There is nothing like that feeling running around the bases and having all your teammates waiting for you at home plate.”
What are you looking forward to the most about the season?
“I’m really looking forward to just succeeding with this team. We have a great program this year. We’re going to go a long way this season and make an impact in the SEC and for the University of Georgia.”
What is the most important goal for the 2013 season?
“We’re looking to win the SEC championship. After that everything else falls in to place but we have to win the SEC championship first.”
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