ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Jake Butt isn’t a skinny freshman anymore.
The emerging 6-foot-6, 246-pound tight end has gained 37-pounds since he enrolled last January. Which has equated into a strong freshman campaign, that included 17 catches for 202-yards with two touchdown receptions.
And his success stems from Michigan strength and conditioning program and a diet that most people could only dream of.
“Anything and everything,” Butt said on his diet. “I eat a lot Chipotle, steak and potatoes, whatever I can get my hands on.
“I was so skinny when I got here. So my diet was eat everything or anything that you want to, kind of diet. I didn’t complain about that. That was great to me.”
Where did it click? When did Butt realize he had to make a change to his body physically to compete as a freshman? Well, he admits, it was after his first training session on campus.
“I came in and I struggled through it,” Butt said. “But I knew how sore I was, I saw progress going through spring ball already. I knew I could trust in the guys and we’re going to have the best staff here to put us in the right positions. It’s just trusting in them and trusting in ( team nutritionist Joel Totoro) to put the right things in my body to gain that weight. Then the coaches did the things on the field.”
The struggle was well worth it for Butt -- who started eight games as a true freshman – due to enrolling early, he accomplished his goal of seeing meaningful playing time as a freshman.
“I didn’t want to sit out,” Butt said. “I love football too much. I had to see the field. I knew that’s the only way was coming early.”
And his early success, according to Butt – was expected.
“I think I hold myself to a higher standard,” Butt said. “So yes, I definitely expected it.”