"Because not everybody is going to start, that's the bottom line. And my dad has always told me it's not who starts, but who finishes the game, that's the bottom line. So hopefully I can put myself in situations to be in at the end of the game, and if somebody comes and takes my spot, I've got to look at myself; it's nobody else."
"I eat everything,'' Wood said. "I would like to get to 190 (pounds) by the time the season starts, but that’s a long shot,"
He had been consuming about 3,800 calories per day, but was burning around 4,500, calculated nutritionist Michelle Rockwell. So she gave him a beefed up meal plan that increased the daily calorie count to 6,000, with allowances for "one or two" fast-food splurges.
"He has a very fast metabolism and works hard; we had to get him thinking five meals, change his mind set,'' said Rockwell, a former track athlete at Virginia Tech. "We figure if he can add 10 pounds it will make a difference."