Alabama TE O.J. Howard wanted to gain weight for 2014 without sacrificing speed. The desire meant a drastic after-dinner decision. No more Snickers.
Howard's dessert staple had to go. And it was replaced with an even more calorie-dense food.
What was it? From AL.com:
"Ice cream, to be honest with you," he said.
Was this a nutrition-based decision?
"Probably not," Howard said, "but I had to do something else."
Yes, he didn't replace his Snickers with a steak or chicken, but with delicious ice cream. That's a decision that gets a stamp of approval from this ice cream addict.
However, it's necessary to point out what Howard said right before he revealed ice cream was his secret weapon. He was talking about adding weight and keeping it on during practice.
"That's kind of hard," he said. "I think it's eating right and also getting in the weight room and trying to make it stay on. A lot of weight, it's hard to maintain for me because a lot of it is just water weight. I just lose it once I got out to practice.
"But it's been kind of hard, but I'm coming along, trying to gain some weight and make it stay on."
Howard said he's up to 240. He had 14 catches last year as a freshman, and coach Nick Saban said Tuesday that the key for his tight ends was blocking even though last season tight ends had the worst statistical season in Saban's tenure.
"I think every team is a little bit different," Saban said (via TideSports.com). "I think Brian Vogler really played well for us as an on-the-line tight end. I think O.J. Howard for a freshman had an outstanding year. I think we did get a lot of production out of those guys, but those guys have got to be multi-talented.
"They have to be able to block, they have to be instinctive players that can find openings in the passing game and become threats as receivers as well as being very physical players for us."
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