When Davis Tull arrived at UTC, his first sack was nearly his career. Said head coach Russ Huesman,"He was banged up his freshman year. He wanted to go home halfway through it. We weren't going to let him leave. If he left, we were going to get in a car and bring him back."
Tull admits he had to make a big adjustment when he started practice with the Mocs. "In high school I played mostly offense. I played one year of defense. I had never put my hand on the ground."
After a slow start this season, Tull has been on fire the last couple of games. He now has 6.5 sacks on the year, second best in the SoCon. Said Huesman,"He came off a sports hernia surgery in the summer time. He had the food poisoning I believe. He didn't practice a lot. He wasn't very healthy. I think recently here in the last three weeks, he has been healthy. You can just see a difference in him."
Now that Tull is full speed, he can bust out all his moves."That comes from defensive line coach Marcus West actually. He has a list of probably 15 moves that he instills in us before every season. Really it comes down to, if you can perfect two, you probably need two go-to moves. For me, I would say two go-to moves and a counter off it. It's rock, paper, scissors with your moves. Got to get him to think you are going to do one thing, and then do the opposite. That's kind of how you win. For me, that's what I have learned. That's how you win pass rushing."