David Tuley selected to play in Shrine Bowl
David Tuley’s size and strength on the offensive line were well known by opposing coaches, yet he helped the Baldwin High School football team gain 3,866 yards this fall.
Tuley’s 6-foot-3, 300-pound frame was a force for Class 4A opponents as the Bulldogs finished the season 8-3. Tuley’s dominance was recognized with several postseason honors, including the recent announcement of his selection to the Kansas Shrine Bowl.
“David has a lot of our lifting records in the high school,” coach Mike Berg said. “He has worked really hard in the weight room and that has carried over to the football field. He dominated a lot of opponents this year. We ran behind him and people knew that, but we were still able to have success.”
The BHS senior received word of his achievement shortly after the new year. One of his possible future coaches was the one to inform him of the honor.
“I actually found out from the Fort Scott coach that is recruiting me,” Tuley said. “He told me congratulations and I had no idea what he was talking about. He said, ‘you made the Shrine Bowl. Didn’t you see that?’ Then I looked it up and it was true.”
After looking online to see if it was true, Tuley shared the news with his family. The thought of another high school game not only excited him, but his father, too.
“I was very excited,” Tuley said. “I told my dad and he was really excited, too. He really wants to see me play another high school game.”
Tuley was selected to the First-Team All-Frontier League in December. The next week he was chosen Honorable Mention All-State by the Topeka Capital-Journal and Wichita Eagle.
“I tell the kids all of the time that individual awards go with team success,” Berg said. “We’ve had two pretty good back-to-back seasons, because 18-6 isn’t too shabby.”
Tuley is the second straight Bulldog to be chosen for the Shrine Bowl. Anthony Ciambrone, 2008 BHS graduate, was chosen last year as one of the 68 players to play in the summer all-star game.
“It’s pretty cool,” Tuley said. “Anthony and I are really good friends. It’s awesome to do it the year after he went.”
A pair of other Bulldogs has been chosen for the game during Berg’s tenure as coach. Micah Mason was selected in 2004 and Kyle Ruona in 2005.
“It’s a great honor,” Berg said. “We’ve now had someone in the Shrine Bowl two years in a row. It says a lot about our program, because we’ve never had linemen go in back-to-back years. To have two linemen go tells a lot about our offensive line.”
The BHS senior is anxious to play in one final game before heading to college. As far as college is concerned, Tuley said he’s still searching for a place to play football next fall.
“I’m excited about playing in the game,” Tuley said. “It will be fun to play against the best in Kansas before going off to college.”