Travin Dural, one of LSU's top wide receivers, injured his hamstring late last season during the Tigers' 38-17 loss to Ole Miss. During his recovery from the torn hamstring, Dural's movement was very limited, but he was able to do two things: work out his upper body, and eat Popeye's chicken.
That combination led him to gain around 30 pounds during the offseason. From WWLTV.com:
“Yeah, Popeyes was putting a lot of weight on me,” the fifth-year senior wide receiver from Breaux Bridge said this week, skillfully transferring the blame.
His mother, Tamika Dural, noticed an obvious change.
“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.”
Luckily, Dural made a full recovery from the hamstring injury, and this spring, had plenty of time to work out and get down to his natural playing weight. He detailed that process, with camp opening this week.
“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.”
Travin Dural says he's 100-percent, and ready to go for the season. Last year, Dural caught 28 passes for 533 yards and three touchdowns. He and Malachi Dupre are one of the more formidable receiving tandems in the SEC, and LSU also has an absolutely dominant running back in Leonard Fournette. If quarterback Brandon Harris can be a more effective passer, the Tigers could be extremely tough to deal with in 2016.