Tuesday January 22, 2013Quick Thoughts From Daniel Gibson Entering 2013 Season
Junior left-hander Daniel Gibson (Lutz, Fla.) recently answered a few questions about the 2013 season from Lisa Gallo of the UF Communications Department.
As a junior, how would you describe your role on the team this year?
“This year, on the field, I’m not really sure yet if I’m going to start or be in the bullpen, because the last two years I’ve been in the bullpen. Off the field, I’m talking to the younger players to get them ready for the season, telling them the ins and outs of how the year goes and just getting them prepared for the season.”
How has the success of your last two years with UF prepared you for the upcoming season?
“Playing at Florida, you’re always in the spotlight. With going to Omaha these past two years, the first two years I’ve been here, it’s definitely helped me mature a lot as a player. Always having to play against the best, with the best, it helps you prepare and know what you have to do going into the season to be the most successful.”
Describe the energy within the team as the season opener is approaching.
“I think that everyone is ready. Everyone is working hard and doing everything they need to do to get ready and we’re definitely excited to get practice started at the end of the week. This Friday (Jan. 25) is the first day of practice and that’s three weeks away from Opening Day.”
Describe the competition level in the SEC, specifically this season.
“There are a lot of good teams. We’re going to have to play well each weekend to get wins. I think it’s pretty spread out – there are not many teams that aren’t competitive and every team has a couple of starting pitchers that are really good. We’re going to have to prepare every weekend.”
How have you grown as a player while at UF?
“Knowing from the older guys what you need to do to prepare yourself to pitch – it’s not just going out there and doing what you have to do on the mound…it’s all the stuff that goes on before you even get out there that prepares you to be the most successful when you do get on the mound in a game.”