“What to eat and what not to eat,” Glass said. “When to eat and when not to eat.”
“The other thing was just his work capacity was not at a level it needed to be to play at this level. So we had to work on that as well.”
Complicating matters, Glass said, was balancing a drastic weight reduction with Littlehead's efforts to gain strength.
Through it all, the player was committed.
He gave up the fast food lanes and the soda pop – yes, the soda pop. Now when he dines at OSU's training table, he makes smart choices.
“I eat the salads,” Littlehead said. “Sometimes they have fish and grilled vegetables and I'll eat that. And I may just eat chicken and vegetables. That and water.”
And Littlehead realizes the payoff.
“Oh, I feel great,” he said, “better than I have before in my life.”
There's still work to be done. While the Cowboys like him at 305 pounds, the push now is to improve his strength, particularly in his lower body, and redefine his body overall.
“He's not the finished product yet that we're hoping to get to,” Glass said, “but he's made tremendous strides in a short amount of time. He's been very diligent.
“It's been very satisfying. He's just such a super young man.”
Littlehead's commitment has earned the respect of his teammates, too.
They, too, wondered what they were getting when he first joined the team. Not anymore.
“He's dropped, what, about a half-person?” said senior defensive end Jamie Blatnick. “He's a big guy, but he can run. He worked hard and he continues to work hard, eating salads all the time. We always tease him, ‘You want some of this? We've got some steaks over here.'
“He's determined. He wants to do good and we can see that and it just raises our confidence in him.”
Littlehead's confidence is soaring, too.
He even likes what he sees in the mirror.
“My arms are starting to get a little cut,” he said. “My stomach, I don't have as much of a gut anymore, I'm getting a flat stomach. Everything's starting to pay off, working with coach Glass.
“But I knew that I could work through it and get through it. I wasn't planning on coming up here and just staying in the shadows. I want to play.”