It’s 6:15 a.m. on Aug. 18, and as groggy Missouri football players walk into the Mizzou Athletics Training Complex to begin another day of fall camp, I’m following director of sports nutrition Claire McDaniel as she fast-walks between her office in the MATC weight room and the student-athlete dining hall at such a pace that it’s surprising she hasn’t worn a tread into the tile flooring.
She’s made a tray of blueberry smoothies and transports them into the dining hall, stopping only to admire the bright orange clementines sitting on ice at the fruit bar. Now, she’s visiting football players’ tables to comment on breakfast choices and remind those with sickle cell anemia to fill out forms to monitor their daily eating habits.
Walking down the hallway toward the weight room again, McDaniel — empty smoothie tray in hand — lets out a “BEEP BEEP” to get a couple of linemen walking in front of her to let her through before complimenting redshirt senior linebacker Eric Beisel on his light blue Nike T-shirt as the two cross paths.
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