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Jay Woolfolk makes the transition from football field to baseball field

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) — Jay Woolfolk spent the fall as a quarterback on the UVA football team. Now he spends the spring on the field as a pitcher on the baseball team.

“I caught Jay for the first time the other day, and I was really impressed with what he has,” second-year catcher Kyle Teel said. “He’s going to be a huge help to our staff this year.”

He will be Woolfolk’s partner behind the plate this season. He recognizes the challenge that comes with being a dual-sport athlete.

“Playing a sport at this university is hard enough because it’s a lot,” he said. “It’s a lot on your body, a lot of schoolwork to deal with. He’s doing a great job and he’s been here and it looks like he’s been here the whole time.

Head coach Brian O’Connor is also excited about the potential Woolfolk brings to the pitching staff.

“I think he’s got incredible composure. He showed that in the Notre Dame game and other games he’s had the chance to, and he’s got a very, very good arm, and I think that he’s really going to do great things for us in terms of throwing,” O’Connor said.

He also turns the heads of veteran pitching staff.

“He certainly impressed me a lot. The arm strength is there, the body is there,” pitcher Matt Wyatt said. “He’s a big, strong kid. The ball just comes out of his hand. It’s quite electric.

“He’s got a really quick arm, really excited to see him pitch this year and be a big help for us,” utility player Devin Ortiz said.

O’Connor says he’s spoken with head football coach Tony Elliott about how to manage his time between the two sports. Right now it will be all baseball.

“The plan for Jay is that he will only be a baseball player until early March and Coach Eliot and I have communicated several times,” O’Connor said.

Once March rolls around, there will be more conversations about how Woolfolk will handle baseball as well as spring football practices.

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