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Tyrone Wheatley Jr. ready for bigger role with Wolverines
Friday Jul 14, 2017 12:00am

(ANN ARBOR) - Before the summer, Tyrone Wheatley Jr. sat down with the Michigan football team’s offensive staff, strength staff and nutritionist. The goal? To figure out a weight range for Wheatley to aim for in off-season training. As a freshman, the tight end arrived on campus around 290 pounds — closer to what an offensive lineman might’ve weighed. He shed some of that weight over the next two years, but he wanted to lose even more in preparation for a bigger role in the Wolverines’ offense. Wheatley, now a redshirt sophomore, is expected to be a factor in Michigan’s pro-style attack this season, with the departure of Jake Butt to the NFL. Wheatley, the son of Michigan running back great Tyrone Wheatley, had no trouble finding the field on run plays. But he recorded just three receptions for 35 yards and one touchdown in 12 games last season. Now he wants to seize the opportunity for more playing time by becoming an asset in the passing game.

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