Behind a new outlook, IU's Ted Bolser aims to have bounce-back season
August 8, 2012INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Ted Bolser passes the eye test when he walks into a room.
The Indiana junior tight end looks stronger and leaner than he did just a few months ago. He has put on eight pounds from the end of last season but it's all muscle. His body fat has dropped from 20 percent to 13.
Bolser has Amy Freel to thank for much of the transformation. Freel, in her second year as IU's director of performance nutrition, has taken a number of Indiana football players under her wing with impressive results.
She begins by taking the players grocery shopping. They do basic meal planning; the timing and frequency of when the players should be eating and basically eliminating fast food.
"It's a hard thing for players to do because they think they feel great physically eating the way they have eaten,'' Freel said. "Ted is 100 percent committed to doing whatever it takes to get his body right. And the thing is he feels better, he's playing better, and he's making advances on the field because he is doing a better job of preparing his body.''