Giovani Bernard is really fast. He can catch the ball, he can run with the ball, he can score with the ball. He also has an apparent penchant for flipping his smaller-in-stature frame through the air.

Those are a few of the things that after nine games, you now know about the Cincinnati Bengals' elusive rookie running back.

What you may not know is that he has one serious sweet tooth.

Before the combine in February, he ate whatever way he wanted to and didn't care. If he wanted a Snickers bar or a bag of Skittles or a cupcake, he'd eat it. Some players may be nervous about such unhealthy foods slowing them down. Not Bernard. He felt his body could handle it. Besides, he figured, I'm still 21 and my body can metabolize it all just fine.

Now that he has entered the NFL, his thinking has changed somewhat slightly. He still consumes whatever he feels like, but he isn't as quick to put junk foods into his body. At least, that's what he said in the following story that kicks off this Wednesday's Morning Stripes:

Before we go any further, right now, there isn't much to provide in the way of an update on Bernard from a health standpoint. Coach Marvin Lewis said Friday afternoon that he thought the back would be OK, even after having to leave last Thursday's loss at Miami with a rib injury. Perhaps there will be an update or two when the team resumes practice Wednesday ahead of this Sunday's game at Baltimore. Now, back to learning about Bernard, the young playmaker who the USA Today's Tom Pelissero wrote about over the weekend. In addition to learning about the rookie's sweet tooth, Pelissero caught up with Bernard's older brother, Yvenson, who watches his sibling the same way the rest of us do: like he's taking in a video game. Giovani Bernard's cuts and jukes and tackle-breaking mechanics are otherworldly sometimes; even to his brother.