Swiperboy says he’s ready to be tougher for Vols

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Swiperboy is getting serious about hoops.

Tennessee’s Renaldo Woolridge has made more headlines during his career for his prowess behind the mic, rather than on the court. Not that it’s a lack of talent. He’s always looked the part of a star player. The 6-9, 220-pound forward has his dad’s build and a few flashes of brilliance.

Woolridge vows his senior season will be different. He’s ready to be more physical.

As he told the Knoxville News-Sentinel last week, new coach Cuonzo Martin wants Woolridge to be a tough, forceful presence down low. Part of that’s by necessity – he’s one of the tallest guys on the roster – but they also think he can be that guy. And Woolridge is ready to embrace that role.

“… I thought about it, and I absolutely trust this coaching staff, so I’ve bought in,” Woolridge said. “It’s different for me, but the way I see it, Coach is adding to my versatility as far as what I can bring the team.

“I am one of the tallest if not the tallest on the team, and with my length I’ll be the same height as most guys I guard,” he said. “I think my quickness and mobility will be the key; I just have to use my footwork to my advantage.

“And, now I can truly say I have played every position on the floor.”

I doubt Woolridge turns into Brian Williams or Wayne Chism. He’s never been that guy and never will be. But less finesse and a little more brawn would be ideal for him and the Vols.

Anything to give Cameron Tatum a little support.

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