Doughnuts fire up UF's Hammond

August, 12, 2012
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Most of Florida’s receivers are worried about hot reads, which is how they’re supposed to change their routes when a defense blitzes.

Frankie Hammond worries about the hot light.

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Joe Robbins/Getty ImagesSenior wide receiver Frankie Hammond has what can only be called a healthy obsession with doughnuts.
Specifically, when it’s going to come on at the Krispy Kreme near UF’s campus. And when the "hot now" light does fire up -- Hammond is alerted by an app on his phone -- he heads over to the shop adjacent to UF’s campus on Northwest 13th Street.

"If I’m in the middle of something I probably won’t go, but most of the time I try to go," Hammond said. "I just try to go whenever I can.

"As you can see, it’s not having too much of an effect on me."

Hammond was alluding to his weight, which is 189 pounds, and to the fact that he hasn’t got an ounce of extra fat on him. The only way the doughnuts add pounds is if he stands on a scale while holding a box.

Hammond’s teammates are aware of his Krispy Kreme obsession -- and so is anyone else who follows Hammond on Twitter (@Highjumper85) because he fires off a tweet when the hot light comes on -- and they’re amused.

"I’ve never met anybody that obsessed with doughnuts," offensive lineman Jon Halapio said. "I know Trey [Burton] had that doughnut-maker thing his freshman year, but I’ve never seen anybody that obsessed. Every time I see him he’s got a Krispy Kreme doughnut in his hand."

Some of his teammates, such as quarterback Jacoby Brissett, will accompany Hammond on his doughnut runs. Sometimes they’ll even deliver.

"Every time the hot light was on I told him to tell me because I wanted some doughnuts," Brissett said. "I remember one time I went and I was about to leave, and he made sure to call me back and get (him) some doughnuts."

Halapio, however, won’t go with Hammond. He’s not as lucky when it comes to being able to eat the sugar bombs without consequences.

"I have to keep my weight down so I’ve got to stay away from him," Halapio said. "I can’t even talk to him because he’s always trying to drag me in there.

"He eats like 24 of them things and he doesn’t even gain a pound. I’m definitely jealous and I envy him for that."

Hammond said he realistically only visits the shop about three times a week.

"I just probably get a dozen and I’ll probably hide that the whole day until the next day," Hammond said. "Probably the day after that, if it (the hot light) comes on at the right time, I’ll probably go again. I make them last, though."

Still, with a conservative estimate that Hammond might eat 15-20 doughnuts a week (he does share), it’s amazing he doesn’t gain any weight.

"Over the summer, (strength) coach (Jeff) Dillman just ran it out of us anyway," he said. "I’d eat it and I’d burn it off again, so it all works out."

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