A is for Acoustic
Kyle had always wanted to learn to play the guitar and picked up on the acoustic after signing up for a beginner's class at his high school. He has since been refining his skills at UT with the help of teammates Seth Johnston and Buck Cody.
B is for Bacon
Kevin Bacon that is. Kyle gets told often that he resembles actor Kevin Bacon. After getting to know him, people realize that Kyle is a more a match to the quirky rebel in "Footloose" than the antagonist of "Hollowman."
C is for Consistency
You won't find any silly rituals or superstitions with this Texas pitcher. Kyle believes the way to success is through consistency. You will find that Kyle has a routine he goes through when he pitches and he believes that after you develop a habit that works and stick with it, that is all you need.
D is for Dishes
This right-hander would rather be holding a baseball then a scrubber. Kyle's least favorite household chore is washing the dishes. When possible Kyle will leave the washing duties up to one of his roommates. I hope Carson (Kainer), Drew (Stubbs) or Randy (Boone) don't mind cleaning the dishes because that could lead to one big mess."
E is for Easygoing
Kyle is not one to get excited about a lot of things. He prefers the laid-back lifestyle that includes a good laugh now and then and some fun every once in a while.
F is for Family
Family is Kyle's number one priority in life. Kyle is very close to his parents, Mike and Judy, and his older brother, Jeff, who attends Texas Tech University. They are Kyle's support system and try to make every game they can.
G is for Giving & Getting
Kyle's favorite holiday is Christmas. He feels that it is not only a great time to hang out with the family and catch up on outdoor activities, but you get to experience the joy of giving to others and receiving in return.
H is for Hometown
Team This Houston native will be routing for the Astros this upcoming season. With a solid pitching staff including Roger Clemens and a healthy Andy Pettitte, it is no wonder why this Texas hurler looks to the defensive side of the ball when picking a favorite team.
I is for Inspiration
Kyle thanks his dad (Mike) for being such a great inspiration to him in sports and in life. After coaching him up until high school, he is the one who set Kyle on the right path and taught him the work ethic needed to pursue his baseball dreams.
J is for Justified reason
The decision to come to The University of Texas for Kyle was a no-brainer. He felt that with the great program, coaches, school and city, there were not too many negatives to take into consideration and that there is no other place he would rather play college baseball.
K is for Knowledge
When traveling, Kyle will catch up on homework or read. You will find him checking out anything with a good article in it, but don't let him catch you reading over his shoulder because that is one of Kyle's biggest pet peeves.
L is for Liger
Much like Napoleon Dynamite, Kyle is entranced by the magical powers of this cross between a tiger and a lion. It serves as his favorite animal because it is comes from on one of his favorite movies.
M is for Manny
Fresh Before Kyle takes on an opposing team's batters, he chose to have the instrumental version of Manny Fresh's "Real Big" played over the speakers at Disch-Falk Field. Picking the song himself was not something Kyle did though, he left it up to his esteemed colleague Drew Stubbs. As his roommate, Kyle lets Drew take care of things like that for him.
N is for Nickname
Besides being referred to as Kevin Bacon, Kyle's teammates call him Christmas and not because it's his favorite holiday. After doing something silly last year during the season, J. Brent Cox started calling him Christmas as a connection to Jim Carrey's character Lloyd Christmas in the movie "Dumb and Dumber."
O is for Outdoors
Kyle admits that anytime he can be outdoors, he is pretty satisfied. This Texas pitcher loves anything from hunting to fishing or just being on the water. So when he is not striking out batters, your best bet as to where to find him will be somewhere outside.
P is for PFP
After warming up and throwing on flat ground or in the bullpen, Kyle works on pitchers fielding practice (PFP). Mixing it up a little from throwing, this fielding routine is admittedly Kyle's favorite part of practice.
Q is for Quotes
You will frequently here Kyle quoting lines from his favorite movies. Whether it is from his favorite drama flick "Flight Club" or his favorite comedy "Super Troopers," this Texas right-hander is sure to not miss an opportunity to drop a line when applicable.
R is for Ranch
Most of Kyle's hunting and other outdoor experiences have occurred on the family ranch. It has been in his family for a long time and with it being recently sold, it hits a sensitive note with Kyle.
S is for Stand
In Kyle started playing baseball at the age of four when he was a stand in on his older brother's little league team after one of the other kids got sick. Not to wish bad on others, but I am sure you will agree that it was a good thing for UT Baseball that Kyle got to start at such an early age.
T is for Tidy
Even though he does not like washing the dishes, Kyle likes things tidy. He prefers everything be kept neat and not thrown about. That is why you will seldomly find his bed unmade in the morning, even if he is in a rush.
U is for Unusual
No flashy SUV rolling on twenty-inch rims for this Texas pitcher. Kyle is quite satisfied with his white Ford F-150. Besides, an Escalade would not make it through the pastures on hunting trips like a pick-up truck would.
V is for Voice
Coach One of Kyle's favorite classes so far at UT was Training the Speaking Voice where he had a teacher who served as a voice coach. It was there that he would work on his acting and presentation voice. This class may turn out to benefit Kyle if he chooses to forgo a baseball career and follow in Mr. Bacon's footsteps.
W is for Waikiki
The best vacation Kyle has ever been on was with one of his buddies in high school. His friend's mom was a flight attendant and let them use her tenure to fly practically free to Waikiki in Hawaii. There, Kyle got to take in a whole other kind outdoor experience when his friend and him hung out at the beach and surfed.
X is for X-hilarating Feelings
One of Kyle's best moments so far in his career at Texas was before the Vanderbilt game last year during the NCAA Super Regional Tournament. A television delay did not allow the team to take the field at its normal time and the whole stadium went crazy with anticipation. Not being able to hear the person next you made Kyle realize how much the fans where behind their Texas Longhorns.
Y is for Yells
There is not much that can make this Texas pitcher scream or yell except maybe heights and snakes. Even though he will ride a rollercoaster, he feels the scariest part is going up. When it comes to snakes, Kyle does not like the fact that they realize you are there before you realize they are there. He has also had a few experiences around snakes that have made his heart beat harder than he would have liked.
Z is for Zero Significance
When picking the number he would wear on the mound at Texas, Kyle did not select an old high school number or the number of a favorite player. Instead, Kyle picked a number with no real significance to him and one that he felt would serve as a good pitching as well as batting number - just in case he was called on to perform both duties.