Seeing as how most reporters continuously spout off secondhand speculation regarding our beloved Ducks, referencing cryptic practice reports and even more cryptic Tweets, I figured I’d take a different avenue to show everyone how Duck football Wins the Day, and it all starts in the kitchen.

A balanced diet is of course important for everyone, but especially our athletes. High performance vehicles require high performance fuel. Ever seen a pit crew fill a Formula 1 racer with unleaded? Exactly. They need rocket fuel straight like DAT and our Ducks.

I was able to get a few words in with Ducks associate athletic director and nutrionalist James Harris, the man who tailors those diets, and who is also responsible for the mantra #eatingforapurpose.

#eatingforapurpose began as “burn it to earn it,” or the concept of knowing how much work it will take to burn of what was consumed. “A cookie is 200 calories and takes 20 minutes to burn off,” Harris explained.

But “burn it to earn it” proved to be a bit difficult to decipher, so Harris came up with #eatingforapurpose which is more self explanatory. Each player is provided with a detail list of foods they “should” and “should not” eat to be the best athlete they could be.

Harris said it’s noticeable when a player strays from their diet. With the speed and tempo of our offense, our players cannot be out there looking like Homer Simpson.

Believe it or not, our lineman are the guys who have to count calories. Due to the notion that lineman aren’t running fly patterns on a regular basis, they don’t always have the same opportunities to burn off those unwanted calories. Lineman then have to stay beastly, yet nimble in the trenches, to ensure our program fires on all cylinders.

When I asked how alcohol came into play he replied, “It’s tough because alcohol stores quicker as fat. There are 7 calories per gram in alcohol vs. 4 calories per gram in sugar.”

Alcohol is also known to slow the metabolism down which is no bueno for guys relying on lightening quick metabolisms as well as reflexes.

“It’s not just the alcohol though,” Harris said half-jokingly. “Nobody goes out for a night of drinking and then goes to sleep, its imperative you pig out first!!!”

I believe the medical term for the aforementioned condition is the DRUNCHIES, but I’m no doctor.

Of course Harris understands that our players are not only human but college students as well, and that they’ll stray from their diets occasionally, but their stringent strength and conditioning program keeps our Duckies in tip top shape.

Spoken like a true Jedi,  Harris closed with, “Although it sounds cliche, our ultimate goal is to Win the Day. Our goal is to be the best we can possibly be to put ourselves in the position to Win the Day. We take it one day a time.”

If the Ducks aim to Win the Day, then their efforts have to come from everywhere — even in the kitchen. So, in summation, eat right, don’t feed the lineman, and never put unleaded fuel in F1 racer. #skoducks #eatingforapurpose

James Harris’ favorite spots to eat in the Eug:

  1. Cafe yum (of course)
  2. Mucho Gusto
  3. Chili and a side salad from Wendy’s
  4. Qdoba — has a “mean” salad.
  5. Harris also noted that even fast food joints have healthy options, you just have to know what to look for.

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