KNOXVILLE — Greg Bergeron, assistant baseball coach for the University of Tennessee, joined Vince Ferrara and News Sentinel reporter Evan Woodbery on Thursday’s Sports Page.
Bergeron spoke about his assessment of this year’s team.
“I think we were young last year - real young, got thrown in the fire - and all those guys got a ton of at-bats, got a ton of innings, went out and had good summers and they came back with a sense of confidence and maturity. They’re not acting like sophomores.
“A.J. Simcox — he’s acting like a veteran out there. Womack’s a junior, another leader. All our guys kind of came back with a little more maturity level, but the work ethic’s been off the charts and I think there’s a sense of purpose behind their work.”
Woodbery brought up Coach Dave Serrano’s high expectations for his team and asked if those expectations are expressed to the team and staff as often as they are to the media and public.
“From day one, coach has told these guys we can compete with anybody across the field now and now it’s just a matter of doing it between the lines.
“We tell our guys every day everyone in the country’s working hard. That’s not separating us because we feel we’re working hard. What are we doing extra? What’s that difference maker? That’s what we’re still trying to find out is what’s going to be that difference maker with this team to help us get over that hump?
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