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Michigan State's Derrick Nix no longer a vegetarian

The Spartans big man turns back to meat after less than four weeks.

Mike Carter-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

Michigan State Spartans big man Derrick Nix's attempt to become a vegetarian lasted between three and four weeks. Diamond Leung of reported on Tuesday that Nix has abandoned the experiment, though Nix says that he still won't eat beef and is now a "flexitarian."

Nix, a senior, announced on Sep. 20 that he was going to become a vegetarian for the next year as a way of getting his weight under control, as he's listed at 270 pounds by the school and has struggled with conditioning throughout his career in East Lansing.

The Detroit native upped his numbers for the Spartans last year, more than doubling his minutes to 19 per game. In those 19 minutes, he averaged 8.1 points and 3.8 rebounds a game. There is still definite room for improvement, though, as he enters his senior year: he blocked only 13 shots all season and averaged nearly 1.5 turnovers a game.