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Here are some important updates on Maryland athletes’ eating habits

This is the Maryland Minute, a short story followed by a roundup of Terps-related news.

We have some exciting new information about what Maryland athletes eat.

Roman Stubbs of The Washington Post provided some insight into what Michal Cekovksy and Ivan Bender are cooking up for the men’s basketball team:

While their time in the United States has inspired a passion for rib-eye steaks, they often choose to emulate the traditional meals their parents whipped up when they were children. They shop online at ­ for small luxuries from home, including Eurocrem, a Serbian chocolate spread, and Cedevita, a Croatian orange vitamin drink. Cekovsky and Bender are infatuated with both products.

Their love of cooking is something the big men have mentioned before. Here’s how to make goulash, their favorite dish:

1/2 pound beef, cubed

4 or 5 potatoes, sliced

1 onion, thinly sliced

3 pinches of garlic

4 or 5 tomatoes

1 small spoonful of black pepper

1 small spoonful salt

1 small spoonful Slovakian paprika

1 small spoonful Serbian seasoning

1 bag of mini carrots

Pinch oregano

Pinch basil


Simmer beef, potatoes, onion and garlic in about three cups of water for 45 minutes. Add remaining ingredients (eyeball it for the spices) and cook for another 45 minutes.

Meanwhile, Ty Johnson’s diet came up in this story by 247Sports’ Chris Hummer. The story mentions that he led the league in yards per carry, if that’s something that interests you.

It also mentions how Johnson went about packing on weight in order to assume a bigger role. He “found a diet of three large meals a day (steak, chicken, potatoes, eggs and other high-in-protein foods) followed by “incessant snacking” to be the most effective for him.

At the behest of strength coach Rick Court, Johnson snacked every three hours, whether he was hungry or not. His go-to snacks were granola bars and pop tarts. This helped him gain a starring role on offense and avoid hitting a wall after Harrison was suspended late in the season. Johnson led the Terps with 845 yards on just 95 carries.

In other news

SB Nation’s Ian Boyd on how Penn State’s offense works.

Maryland women’s basketball beat Duquesne, 77-57.

Take a look at Maryland men’s lacrosse’s schedule.

Many Terps are getting injured, but Nick Novak’s still knocking in field goals. He heads our NFL Week 15 pro Terps report.

I’ll leave you with this: