MADISON, Wis. Derek Watt gripped and sipped a plastic cup of sludge after practice on Monday. Or, more specifically, a brightly colored, thick protein shake blend that reeked of peanut butter.
In the crucial months between football seasons, Watt is learning the importance of calories and weight gain from Wisconsin's trainers and nutritionists. Developing the right kind of bulk is especially vital now that he plays one of the most punishing positions in football.
"We have bags of snacks throughout the day they give us for keeping calorie intake in," Watt said. "I've gained about eight pounds since last fall. I'm trying to gain five more pounds of good weight by summer."
Wisconsin completed its seventh spring practice of the season Monday, and Watt continues to show himself as the team's top fullback. He also continues to demonstrate his willingness to change his body composition in an effort to be even better as his redshirt sophomore season approaches.
Last year, Watt essentially w...