In the heat of the summer, sometimes after practice all a UCF football player wants is a good meal. Or perhaps more than one.
Luckily for them, the NCAA changed its rules in April, allowing Division I programs to offer collegiate athletes unlimited meals and snacks, as opposed to the three meals per day they were allotted previously.
The biggest change at UCF is that athletes now have unlimited snacks. Through scholarships, UCF student athletes had access to an unlimited meal plan or to an equal amount of money to use off campus. Typically, athletes living on campus opt for the unlimited meal plan.
But with unlimited snacks available, that is music to the ears of many UCF football players.
"We all pretty much take advantage of it," senior left tackle Torrian Wilson said. "Once they said unlimited meals, we started going crazy. I can't really point out anybody taking advantage more than anybody else, because we're all taking advantage."
Wilson, a 6-foot-3-inch, 305-pound senior, may enjoy the quantity of food, but nothing beats a home-cooked meal for him. Whenever he goes home, it doesn't take his father long to appease his youngest son's appetite.
"My dad makes the best macaroni, barbecue, collard greens, string beans and cornbread," Wilson said.
But for Wilson, a Miami native, a trip home isn't a practical way to satiate a quick craving. For that, he turns to Miller's Ale House.
"They know me there. I'm always right there in Waterford," Wilson said with a smile. "As soon as I get there, I order the Fiesta Nachos with extra beef and 10 chicken wings."
When asked about the eating habits of his teammates, junior center Joey Grant didn't hesitate to name Wilson as one of the team's premier eaters.
"I can eat with the best of them, don't get me wrong, but I wouldn't be in any competitions," Grant said. "Torrian Wilson, on the other hand, loves to eat. He's a foodie. He's a food connoisseur. He would be one I would suspect that would enjoy the unlimited meal plan."
Coming from an Italian family, Grant is also no stranger to quality, and quantity, of food. A simple Italian classic has become a regular in Grant's diet.
"I've got to say I make a pretty good chicken [Parmesan]. It's pretty delish. I can cook it up [in] a little bit," Grant said.
However, he had refer to his grandmother when naming the best chicken Parmesan he's eaten.
"I've got to with my grandmother. Just [a] classic Italian recipe, grade-A chicken, you can't go wrong with it," Grant said.
While Grant and Wilson have at least 70 pounds on him, senior receiver J.J. Worton would put his diet up against anyone's.
"I love to eat," Worton said. "If you were to take my diet, and put it on a piece of paper and put it with the linemen, you couldn't tell the difference of who's a wide receiver and who's a lineman. If it wasn't for football, I'd probably be 300 pounds."