So what exactly is the staff nutritionist doing these days?

I’m sorta figuring out what she isn’t doing.

“I always had a problem eating candy,” said Mitchell, who moved to cornerback this spring after catching 45 passes for 665 yards and four touchdowns as a freshman last fall.

Mitchell said that since he was a kid, his diet has mainly consisted of fruit-flavored candy, preferably Starburst jelly beans, and Sprite — a catastrophic combination of sugar and carbonation.

The 6-foot-1, 184-pounder is used to consuming at least five bags of jelly beans and who knows how much Sprite a week. That’s approximately 1,160 grams of sugar and 6,000 unnecessary calories from jelly beans alone.

“I know that’s going to have to change,” Mitchell said with a laugh.

Holy Moth… scratch that.  Gee whiz, imagine what Mitchell could be like on a sensible diet.

This is really part and parcel of that same mentality that gets players suspended for blowing drug tests.  You can lecture these kids until you’re blue in the face, but ultimately, it’s up to them to absorb the advice.

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14 responses to “So what exactly is the staff nutritionist doing these days?

  1. hedonism

    I used to see athletes in the dining hall at my SEC school, and it’s amazing what very active 19 year olds can get eat and still perform. They’d come in, put two plates on a tray, cover one with chicken nuggets, one with french fries, and chow down. Then you hear about players going to pre NFL draft camps and eating proper food and marveling at how good they feel.

    That said, I don’t know the ins and outs of NCAA rules on team meals. I know there are limits that prevent teams from feeding the players ribeye and lobster every day.

  2. Dog in Fla

    She gets at least partial credit for keeping him away from Skittles.

  3. 69Dawg

    Did you ever read what Hershel Walker ate. He lived on Snickers. He still only eats one meal a day. I know these kids should eat better but if they are not taught at home, how without a strict training table can you make them eat right. By the way these kids burn more calories in a day then we fat white guys burn in a month.

  4. Russ for UGA IX in '12

    Maybe the failed drug tests and these cases of the munchies are related?

  5. Bulldawg Bill

    Herschel lived on burgers and gatorade.

  6. Cojones

    Nah. It’s when they ALL start carrying a paper bag with munchies that you worry about the ventilation system in their dorm and what second-hand smoke can do to your O. Sounds to me like he should carry a resin bag like the center or like Biletnikoff carried, only it’s got candy (or brownies filled with herbs). From the way he has been performing, I’m surprised that Grantham hasn’t given instructions for the entire D to have a bag placed beside them at night.

    I can see the student section erupting in “Candy Machine! Candy Machine! Candy Machine!”

  7. JasonC

    The silver lining here is that if Mitchell becomes a really famous college and pro player in 20 years, the American Diabetes Association is going to have a notable pitchman to use in their ads.

    @hedonism
    I just lost more than 50 lbs in the past 6 months by cleaning up my diet of processed carbs, fast food, sugary foods, high-fructose corn syrup (pure poison) and adding in more veggies, lean protein, whole grains and fresh fruit. I feel and look 10 years younger. I didn’t think I would be able to adjust my tastes, but I have actually gotten use to the healthy stuff and like quite a bit of it.

  8. The Life of Reilly

    I propose that Mitchell’s nickname be “The Hummingbird”

  9. Bryant Denny

    First off, I’m not sure extrapolating his caloric intake based on his comments is exactly accurate. I highly doubt he had three meals a day of Starbursts and Sprite. A pack after school is probably more like it.

    Second, if that is his diet, he can probably handle it now as an active college football player, but if he keeps it up, he’ll be fat like most of us.

    Third, it kind of makes you wonder about the diet of OBC’s best receiver last year.

  10. Cojones

    And when the stamina goes down, I’ll bet he heads for a new energy drink. It will hit the spot at halftime and it’s legal. Some of you just sell the modern short cut conveniences short.