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“TAMPA, Fla. — When Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Noah Spence reported to training camp last summer, he was a chiseled 228 pounds — lighter than tight end O.J. Howard and wide receiver Mike Evans.
This year, with a new approach to his diet — including eating 9-10 meals a day — Spence has managed to put on a whopping 35 pounds in his quest to become a more complete player, to remain on the field for all three downs and, specifically, to hold up better against the run.
The Noah Spence Diet
Here’s a look at a typical day for the Bucs defensive end during training camp:
Meal 1: Two protein shakes. Each shake has two scoops of vegan protein powder, two scoops of peanut butter, a banana, and two scoops of sugar-free coconut-milk ice cream (1,400 calories)
Meal 2: Breakfast, pre-practice. Cream of wheat, almond milk, brown sugar, three pieces of french toast and two heaping scoops of potatoes (700 calories)
Meal 3: Post-practice. Two protein shakes in the locker room (1,400 calories)
Meal 4: At the facility. 6 oz. grilled chicken, broccoli, mashed cauliflower, two pieces of bread covered in Sriracha Ranch dressing (600 calories)
Meal 5: 500 g pasta, 6 oz. ground turkey, peppers, onions, in sauce (1,300 calories)
Meal 6: Two protein shakes after the team’s walk-through (1,400 calories)
Meal 7: 6 oz. steak, 4 oz. shrimp, 500 grams potatoes, zucchini and squash (1,000 calories)
Meal 8: Snack. Peanut butter and jelly sandwich with a glass of chocolate almond milk (500 calories)
Meal 9: One shake before bedtime (700 calories)
Total = 9,000 calories
Note: Calories are approximate values
“Today was the heaviest I’ve ever been and I felt great. I was 263 today,” said Spence, 24, whose goal was to put on the weight cleanly, with minimal gain in body fat. “I kind of just started playing with it [in the offseason] to see what works. I felt like if I just don’t stop eating or drinking, I won’t lose weight.”
New defensive-line coach Brentson Buckner didn’t tell him he needed to gain weight. But when showing him tape of Yannick Ngakoue, Dwight Freeney, Tamba Hali — all players with similar body types but bigger — it was clear to Spence that technique alone wasn’t going to help him.”
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