Inside The Mind Of A 2015 Draft Prospect: An Interview with Missouri's Bud Sasser

With the 2014 college football season over, we reached out to former Missouri WR Bud Sasser, currently in Arizona preparing for the 2015 NFL draft. Here's what he had to say about preparing for such an important day:

Q: What is your typical day like?

A: I wake up at 8AM. I go to the facilities and eat breakfast around 9AM and get ready to work out. We work on speed drills and stuff like that for the first 30 minutes, and the last 45 minutes we are in the weight room. We get after it, everything’s pretty fast paced. Then it’s probably 11:30AM. I go get my recovery shakes and go to the cold tub and try to recover my body. Then, I go get field work in with the QBs. We run routes. Then, I eat lunch and I’m off for a couple hours. I have to go back to do the second part of the workout. That’s usually about an hour and a half. Then, I recover again, do treatment, eat dinner, and go home.

Q: Why Phoenix (Exos training facility)?

A: It offers the best nutrition. They have top-notch facilities. It’s one of the best places to go. It’s one of the best places to train in the country; a lot of top players come out here. Not everyone’s able to get out here, and since I had a choice, I picked this one because this is one you don’t want to pass up.

Q: What big-name players are you training with?

A: The guy from USC, that big defensive end, Leonard Williams. Receiver wise, you have Kevin White (WVU), Dorial Green-Beckham (Oklahoma), Jaelen Strong (ASU). They’re all working to get drafted pretty high. They work hard, too.

Q: What are you working on health-wise?

A: Losing weight and eating healthy. Once I do that, everything else takes care of itself...getting faster, being leaner, more muscular.

Q: What’s it like changing up your diet?

A: I count the calorie intake that I have everyday - everything’s accounted for - even my bottles of water. I can’t eat Whataburger. No fast food, really. No sweets. I really don’t eat anything outside of my meal plan that I’m given each day.

Q: Best part of your life right now?

A: I’m out of school, and I have my degree. I’m working on my body. This is what makes me money now, my body. I don’t have to worry about homework or other stuff going on. I take it as a job; just make sure I’m ready to go every day.

Q: Is it weird spending this much time focusing on your body?

A: I love it. I focus on what I eat, what I drink. I like this type of lifestyle. If I didn’t, I probably wouldn’t be doing any of this.

Q: One thing on the football field you’re trying to perfect before the draft?

A: Really just becoming an even better route runner, and just making sure I’m consistent with everything that I do – not just catching the ball, but how I run different routes.

Q: How does it feel that the draft is in the horizon?

A: I’m excited. I’m nervous about it, anxious. You just have to take it day by day and not think too hard on it because it starts to be overwhelming. There’s a lot to think about. You can have one bad day and there can be that little devil on your shoulder saying 'man, you just wasted like, a week', when really you didn’t, you just had one bad day. You can’t really afford a bad day, but it’s alright if you have one.

The 2015 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Ind. will be held February 17-23. The 2015 NFL Draft will be held April 30-May 2 in Chicago, Ill.

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