COLUMBIA — Tyler Howell is a big guy, even by offensive linemen standards.
Missouri’s starting left tackle is the tallest member of the Tigers offensive line, standing at 6-foot-8, while weighing in at 330 pounds, second-most among starters behind Kevin Pendleton.
Howell’s large frame must be fueled by something to keep it upright and functional through fall camp. But the lineman doesn’t load up on carbs or snack on steaks. Instead, he sticks to carrots.
“It definitely gives me more energy to keep playing at a high level all throughout practice,” Howell said, “not like crashing or starting off high and crashing at the end, but getting you all the way through the hump of practice.”
Besides carrots, Howell fills his stomach with “lots of green stuff” and makes sure to clear it all off his plate before he leaves the cafeteria. The diet has allowed Howell to focus on his game for longer periods at practice instead of wondering when the next break will come around.
“Trying to (home) in on all the little details that I didn’t get a hold on last year,” Howell said, “really just taking advantage of every opportunity to make my game better.”
This comes after a season in which Howell feels he “played like trash.” His recommitment to his craft has caught the eyes of his coaches, who feel he will be a massively improved player when Missouri’s first game kicks off.
“He’s really focused on his body and just getting stronger, being able to bend,” offensive line coach Glen Elarbee said on Aug. 3. “I think he’s gotten a lot better with his hands…
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