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Who Dey! And go Reds! The City of Cincinnati is on fire! What’s up, people?

We’re 3-1, tied for first, but have to keep going. So let’s talk some football and then because Made Man is celebrating Fall for Food, let’s serve up some tasty dishes.

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Down South they love to cook—chicken a lot of different ways, grilled, deep fried, lot of soul food, macaroni and cheese, collard greens. It’s making my mouth water just talking about it, man.

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First, my Georgia Bulldogs go into the Gamecocks’ den on Saturday—#5 vs #6, two undefeated teams, SEC East bragging rights up for grabs, something’s got to give. It’s a big stage, big lights, national TV, and I know we’re going to pull it off. Then later this month, my Bulldogs take on Randall Cobb’s Wildcats. My fellow Made Man blogger can call me and talk a little trash, but his Cats are not going to win. No way it’s even going to be close. Go Dawgs!

The first quarter of the NFL season is over, and a lot of other teams would love to be 3-1. We’re in a great position, but we gotta keep it rolling. We have the Dolphins next and then two divisional games going into our Bye Week. We take games one at a time, not thinking ahead, but I hope we’re 6-1 going into the bye, that would be great.

I don’t focus on stats, but friends tell me I’m right up there with the top receivers. It feels real good to be mentioned in the same breath as Megatron, Cruz, Welker. This is only my second year. I still have a lot to prove, so I’m going as hard as I can. My goal is to be one of the best wide receivers to ever play. I’ll let my game speak for itself.

The AFC Offensive Player of the Month had 194 yards and a TD vs. the Skins. Not bad.

One last football topic: refs. I really don’t pay attention to that, I just go out there and play. But I’m pretty sure Randall and his Packers are happy the regular guys are back. We all felt for what they went through against Seattle. But then there were some tough calls against them on Sunday, and I was watching, thinking, don’t do that again to them, man!

Now, if you’re visiting my home state of South Carolina, bring a healthy appetite with you, man! There’s a lot of great restaurants, and down South they love to cook—chicken a lot of different ways, grilled, deep fried, lot of soul food, macaroni and cheese, collard greens. Barbecue is big and there are a lot of great cookout places. Seafood is also big—crab, baked oysters and clams. It’s making my mouth water just talking about it, man.

When I’m home, my family is always cooking for me, so I don’t get out often, but there are some great hot dog spots around Summerville. My dad Woodrow is a great cook, and my fave is his turkey wings with rice and gravy. In Cincy, I live downtown and I go almost every day to Mahogany’s, just a walk from my building. They have a lot of my type of southern fare—soul food, grits, chicken and waffles, all the good stuff. And after a big win, if the boys are into steak, we go to The Precinct or Jeff Ruby’s. They both have killer steaks (see top of page). There’s a lot of food being eaten when the boys hit town!

Chicken and waffles at Mahogany’s. Who dey hungry?

On a daily basis, I basically eat the same in the off-season and during it. I may start off with some eggs or a shake and fruit. For lunch, some grilled chicken or pasta. For dinner, I usually have chicken and waffles. I hate cooking, I don’t cook at all. On game day, I don’t eat much before, maybe some fruit and a shake, just to get something in my stomach. And, I’m always drinking water and Gatorade, and I just have to have a Mountain Dew every day, just a small one. Oh, and I’m a pretty healthy eater, but I got a weakness for Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. I know, right?

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A shoutout to Bengal Nation, and go Dawgs and Reds!

—As told to Ashley Jude Collie