June 18, 2012

Tuley-Tillman enjoys hard work of Sound Mind Sound Body camp

The last time Peoria (Ill.) Manual offensive lineman Logan Tuley-Tillman made a summer camp appearance, things didn't go so well. The Columbus Nike Football Training Camp May 5 was a tough outing for him. A shoulder injury prevented him from operating in peak form, and also led to conditioning issues, and showing up a little out of shape.

His shoulder is back to full strength, however, and on Wednesday, Tuley-Tillman showed at the Sound Mind, Sound Body camp in Southfeild, Mich., that he's still the same player Michigan fans were so excited about when he committed to the Wolverines in February.

"My shoulder is fine, and I'm back to 100%," he said. "I lost some weight too, I'm down like 13 pounds. I'm down to about 313."

Standing 6-7, Tuley-Tillman was an imposing force for opposing defensive linemen to face during one-on-one drills at the camp. The weight he dropped showed in the form of quicker feet and a much more consistent performance throughout the course of the day. When all was said and done, Tuley-Tillman earned some redemption from the previous camp struggles.

"O-line, we won most of the reps, which is kind of hard to see with defensive drills like that," he said. "It was a fun time getting the technique down. I don't know their names, but there were some pretty good speed rushers out there."

Perhaps the most exciting part of the camp for Tuley-Tillman and a few of the other Michigan commitments at the camp was the opportunity to learn from college coaches, particularly those who will be on the staff at Michigan when the class of 2013 arrives on campus.

"We were being coached by some of the best O-line coaches out there, including [Eastern Michigan offensive line coach Kurt] Anderson and [Michigan offensive line coach Darrell] Funk."

"It's a fun opportunity. I'm glad I even got the chance to be here for it. I don't think there's anywhere else you can find that, with two coaches of their caliber."

The coaches gave Tuley-Tillman some points of emphasis to improve in his game.

"They just said to keep staying disciplined and to step up," he explained. "The kick back was pretty easy to get into it, but you have to be disciplined to step back up. I just have to work on that overall."

Another fun opportunity? Like he did in Columbus, Tuley-Tillman got to line up next to his future teammate, Detroit Cass Tech offensive lineman David Dawson. As will be the case when they're in Ann Arbor, the two linemates watched each other's backs, and picked up for each other.

"It's sweet to play next to Dave," Tuley-Tillman said. "Just in case I lose one or he loses one, we know that the other one will step it up. That's one thing that I'm happy to be a part of with Team 134."

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