But the senior center went to work with strength and conditioning coach Jake Manzelmann on the rehab, formulating an improved diet that shed 30 pounds from Jurick, aiding not only his recovery, but his agility.
“I was up to like 290 when I got hurt,” Jurick said. “I've never been that big before. I didn't even notice I was getting that big until I tore my Achilles.”
Among other favorite treats, Jurick gave up late-night runs to Taco Bell, where he'd regularly grab five tacos … as a snack.
“And a couple of other things, depends how I felt,” he said.
Looking trim at 260 pounds, Jurick is moving — and playing — better than ever as a Cowboy. Still, he claims he's only operating at about 70 percent, leaving him room for improvement as he continues to practice and play and push toward full speed.
“I think I'll be a lot better,” Jurick said.
The injury happened during a simple play in practice, with Jurick out front, handing the ball off to Keiton Page.
“I kind of cut and it popped,” Jurick said.
Now, you'd hardly know Jurick was injured.
South Florida coach Stan Heath didn't know, which only made him appreciate Jurick's Wednesday night performance in OSU's 61-49 win even more.
“That is impressive,” Heath said. “I thought his physical presence — rebounding, he had a few shots and some scores inside — that helped them a lot in this game.
“If he can continue to do that, that's a big help for their basketball team.”
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No. 23 Oklahoma State vs. Missouri State
* When: 3 p.m. Saturday
* Where: Gallagher-Iba Arena, Stillwater
* Radio: KXXY-FM 96.1
* TV: Fox Sports Plus (Cox 68, DirecTV 677), FCS (Cox 271)