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      Justin Branson
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Bristol, Va.

Last College:
Walters State C.C.

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 190

Position:
OF

Experience:
HS

B/T:
R/R

2003: Saw action as a reserve outfielder, making 13 starts in 35 games ... Made 12 starts in right and one in left ... Missed the final 15 games due to injury ... Batted .245 with four doubles, one home run and 16 RBI ... Hit .227 with one home run and eight RBI in SEC play ... His only home run was a pinch-hit grand slam versus Georgia 4/12 ... Became first Vol in eight years to accomplish the feat ... Came off the bench at Florida 3/29 to go 2-for-2 ... Hit .280 against left-handers, .208 versus right-handers and .316 with runners in scoring position ... Was 1-for-4 as a pinch hitter and had two two-out RBI ... Collected two multi-hit and three multi-RBI games ... His season-long hit streak was two, twice.

JUNIOR COLLEGE: Attended Walters State Community College in Morristown, Tenn. ? Team posted a 51-6-1 mark in 2002, winning the Tennessee State Championship and reaching the NJCAA regional finals ? Batted .405 with 12 doubles, three triples, seven home runs and 31 RBI in 2002 ... Coached by Ken Campbell.

HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Virginia High School in Bristol, Va. ... Helped lead prep team to back-to-back region and district titles during junior and senior campaigns ... As a senior, earned first team All-State honors as an outfielder after batting .400 with 14 doubles, five home runs and 16 stolen bases ... Also posted an 8-1 mark with a 1.45 ERA on the hill, striking out 75 in 50 innings ... Hit .425 as a junior and .300 as a sophomore ... Garnered second team All-State honors in football as a tailback, rushing for over 1400 yards and scoring 24 touchdowns ... Coached by Mark Daniels.

PERSONAL: Full name is Justin David Branson ... Born Dec. 23, 1981 in Bristol, Va. ... Son of Don and Sharon Branson ... Has one sister Megan ... Admires Doug Flutie for the adversity he has overcome ... Major: Sociology.

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