September 30, 2011

After changing his diet, Trickett begining to see weight gains

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At 6-foot-2 and just 180 pounds, Florida State quarterback Clint Trickett doesn't exactly have measurable that scouts drool over.

Trickett's skinny frame isn't from lack of effort though. During the summer in an effort to pack on a few extra pounds he was eating over 4,000 calories a day.

Despite the extra meals, the redshirt freshman was unable to gain weight. While that might sound like sorority girl's dream it's not exactly ideal for a Divsion-1 football player.

After being unable to gain weight, Trickett had blood work done to find out the problem, which was revealed to be celiac disease.

"Earlier in the summer I was eating over 4,500 calories. It'd be peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, more sandwiches, just everything," Trickett said. "So I was like 'Why am I not gaining weight? There's something wrong.' We had some blood work done, we had a biopsy and they said you have Celiac disease. I was like 'That's starting to make sense, I'm eating all this bread and nothing is putting on.'"

People with celiac disease who eat foods containing gluten (bread, pasta, cookies, pizza crust and many other foods containing wheat, barley or rye), experience an immune reaction in their small intestines, and an inability to absorb certain nutrients.

Trickett's diet has been adjusted buy FSU's nutritional staff, and he has to eat foods other than bread for his carbohydrates.

"Rice is one of your main carbs," he said. "Potatoes, beans, and I can still eat all the meats and everything, you've just got to stay away from any type of breaded food."

As expected, the change in Trickett's diet took a few weeks to kick in but he has begun to see results.

"Already I've seen two pounds a week gained. This past week I lost weight, probably a little bit anxious during the game, a little nerves probably made me lose a little weight," he joked. "But I've been putting on some pounds ever since I changed it so I think it's just going to continue to increase."

Head Coach Jimbo Fisher said he has seen Trickett slowly add weight since changing his diet.

"He's putting it on gradually since we found out that he had (celiac)," Fisher said. "They're changing what he's eating. He's putting it on more and more now that we know how to feed him."

After making his first career start and passing for 336 yards, and three touchdowns against Clemson Trickett has seen more than his weight grow. With a passer efficiency rating of 182.6 through the first four games, good for fourth best in the country, he has also seen gain in his notoriety with the Seminole fan base.

"I had a lady ask me to take a picture with her baby the other day," he said on Wednesday with a smile. "That was a first-I didn't know how to hold it. But it was funny, that's part of it, but its fun."

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