LSU WR Travin Dural developed a love for fried chicken while he recovered from hamstring surgery.
The senior wideout gained almost 30 pounds during the offseason from eating tons of Popeye’s chicken, according to WWL’s Glenn Guilbeau. He couldn’t run while he rehabbed his hamstring, so he didn’t have a way to keep the off weight.
“I went home one day, and my mom was like, ‘Man, you look stuffed,’” Dural said. “So, that’s when I knew it was time for change. I was almost 230 pounds in the spring and I played at 203 last year.”
The 27-pound gain wasn’t ideal for the wide receiver, but his coaches thought he could work it to his advantage.
LSU running backs coach Jabbar Juluke and offensive coordinator Cam Cameron joked that Dural should change positions and play fullback. He wasn’t amused.
“I didn’t like the fullback and tight end jokes, so I knew I had to slim down,” Dural said. “I had to stay away from Popeyes. Oh man, I tried to do a no-meat diet, but that failed miserably. That failed miserably in like two days.”
The wideout lost the weight once his hamstring was fully healed, eventually getting back into the range of about 205 pounds. And he did it with the most tried and tested weight loss method: diet and exercise.
“I stayed away from the Popeyes and the home cooking and started eating salads and started eating a lot less and drinking a lot more water,” he said. “When we started back working out and running after spring practice in April, the weight just disappeared. It was the first time I ever had to worry about nutrition. Before, I was always running and always active, so I just never gained weight.”
Now he doesn’t have to worry about switching positions. But if the coaching staff needs to add depth at fullback at some point, he may have to start going to Popeye’s again.