Just as an engine won’t run without fuel, a student-athlete’s body can’t perform properly without the right nutrition. A recent NCAA rule change allows institutions to provide more of the right kind of nutrition to properly fuel those bodies, and South Carolina is already out in front after hiring the first football-only dietitian in the country and constructing the new Gamecock Nutrition Center, open to all student-athletes, in the weight room at Williams-Brice Stadium.

“This is an absolute necessity now,” director of football nutrition Joey Blake said. “Nobody has a leg up on us nutritionally any more. This whole thing comes from coach Steve Spurrier and (Athletics Director) Ray Tanner. You won’t see a more healthy-minded coach in the country than coach Spurrier. We’re one of the few schools in the country that has more than one full-time dietitian.”