FSU QB Trickett changes diet to add on pounds - Houma Courier

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Published: Friday, September 30, 2011 at 3:45 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, September 30, 2011 at 3:45 p.m.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Gaining weight has been a problem for backup Florida State quarterback Clint Trickett.

The somewhat gangly Trickett just couldn't put pounds on his 6-foot-1 frame no matter how much he'd try. He weighed 155 pounds when he enrolled 21 months ago and is listed at 180 now - though he looks closer to 155.

After a round of medical tests over the summer, Trickett was diagnosed with Celiac disease - a disorder which does not allow the body to process foods that contain gluten. The 20-year-old Trickett has been forced to dramatically change his diet to eliminate foods that include breads and he says he has gained a couple of pounds in recent weeks.

"I had some blood work done, I had a biopsy," Trickett said during a mid-week meeting with Florida State beat writers. "And they said, `You have Celiac disease.' And it started making sense."

Trickett changed his diet and within a month started to see results.

"You just have to stay away from any kind of breaded food," Trickett said. "Already I've seen two pounds a week gained. I've been putting on pounds ever since I changed, so I think it's just going to continue."

He's still loading up on calories but is avoiding the sandwich shops and pizza joints and opting instead for the school cafeteria or restaurants that serve rice, potatoes and beans. He can also eat most meats.

"He's been putting on more and more," Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said. "We know how to feed him now."

Trickett's ability to add a few pounds becomes even more significant since he's been pressed into playing in the absence of injured starter EJ Manuel.

Trickett came in during the second half of a 23-13 loss to Oklahoma on Sept. 17, and then made his first college start against Clemson where he completed 24 of 38 passes for 336 yards, three touchdowns in a 35-30 loss to the Tigers last Saturday.

Fisher said Manuel has begun to throw a little bit, but that it's too early to know if he'll be ready to play when the 23rd-ranked Seminoles return to action Oct. 8 at Wake Forest. Florida State is off this weekend.

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