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Jared Sullinger's Subway diet was no joke

10/18/2011

The NCAA wouldn't allow such a thing, but Ohio State big man Jared Sullinger and Subway pitchman Jared Fogle would work well together selling sandwiches.

Like Fogle, Sullinger has before-and-after photos he's willing to share in a public forum to show off how much weight he's lost. And it's clear that Sullinger has the personality to do it.

Purdue fans heckled the 6-foot-9, 280-pound forward with chants of "Subway Diet" during a game last season. Sullinger acknowleged hearing the taunts and called them "entertaining" in an offseason interview with Athlon.

Sullinger actually did end up using Subway to help lose weight, according to USA Today.

Afterward, Sullinger started studying game film, worked on his conditioning and offensive moves and cut back on Wendy's and McDonald's in favor of Subway and salads. "It really helped me out, because my game has stepped to another level," he says. "And it's going to improve from there."

[Coach Thad] Matta expects Sullinger to be quicker on the perimeter. Known for his post play, Sullinger could use a face-up game to confound opponents.

As a result of the dieting, Sullinger was all the way down to 264 pounds at Ohio State's media day, according to the Akron Beacon Journal.

When he arrived on campus from Columbus Northland High School, Sullinger weighed 292 pounds, according to assistant coach Jeff Boals. At OSU’s basketball media day on Thursday, Sullinger was down to 264 pounds on his 6-foot-9 frame. His muscles are more defined. His cheeks appeared almost gaunt.

“He’s lost all his baby fat,” Boals said.

Sullinger might succumb to a Domino’s Pizza temptation occasionally, but Boals said Sullinger gave up his frequent trips to Five Guys for hamburgers.

While Five Guys, McDonald's and Wendy's might not be pursuing Sullinger as a pitchman once he turns pro, Sullinger could very well end up boosting his game on the court.

He'll have a better body in his quest to lead the Buckeyes to the Final Four and challenge for the national player of the year award.

And it's all thanks to Jared.