Originally written on Fox Sports Wisconsin  |  Last updated 2/21/15
CHICAGO -- Perhaps this is obvious, but you don't play nose guard in the Big Ten without being a big boy. It requires a special skill -- and body composition -- to constantly slam into 600 pounds of human resistance on the offensive line, control two players and deal with multiple gaps in the middle of the football field. Bigger, then, is usually better. Unless, that is, you are Wisconsin nose guard Warren Herring, whose offseason routine called for just the opposite plan. No more fatty foods like pizzas and burgers. Hello, chicken, salad and vegetables. "I can cook," he said this week at the Big Ten media days. "No matter what I cook, it's going to be good. It's going to be worth it." Herring certainly hopes the sacrifice will be worth it for his senior season. A year ago, he began the season with a playing weight of 298 pounds. Yet even he recognized the troubles such weight could give him on the field. Though he was much more stout, he also did not necessarily possess the same qu...
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