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Michigan fends off NFL, keeps Taylor Lewan

Taylor Lewan, Cameron Meredith, Ciante Evens AP

For the second time today, an FBS program received some welcome if not surprising news on the NFL early-entry front.

At a press conference Wednesday evening, All-American Taylor Lewan (no relation) stunned many — including his own father to some degree — by announcing that he will be returning to Michigan for his senior season.  According to the offensive lineman, though, the decision was a no-brainer.

“There was really no doubt in my mind that I had to be back at The University of Michigan,” said Lewan, who informed his teammates of the decision less than a half hour before meeting with the media. “I always said I would evaluate things and make the best decision for me, and that’s exactly what I did.”

Lewan added that a conversation with former UM All-American Jake Long helped in his decision.  Long faced a similar decision as Lewan and, after staying for his senior season, was selected No. 1 overall in the 2008 NFL draft.

Both literally and figuratively, the news is huge for a Wolverines squad looking to bounce back from a five-loss season.

Lewan was a first-team All-Big Ten performer and his name littered several postseason All-American lists.  He was projected to be a potential top-ten pick in the April draft.

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19 Responses to “Michigan fends off NFL, keeps Taylor Lewan”
  1. elwaysmilehighdenver says: Jan 9, 2013 6:49 PM

    Great news out of Ann Arbor! Lewan’s
    leadership and experience will help the Wolverines to improve in 2013 after a disappointing season. Go Blue!!

  2. rolltide510 says: Jan 9, 2013 6:54 PM

    This seems pretty unusual. He’d have been the second lineman off the board, most likely top 10, and next year’s tackle class seems more crowded from what I can tell, even if he doesn’t hurt his own stock.

    But I’m glad Jake Long passed along the tale of how he, Henne, and Hart all came back as Seniors to win a championship/lose to Appalachian State in week 1.

  3. sinister23 says: Jan 9, 2013 7:21 PM

    Yea, like the time Utah smacked that Alabama ass!!!!

  4. lionscornbread90 says: Jan 9, 2013 8:17 PM

    @rolltide

    why would you even go there? Whats the point? Bama won a NC. Go celebrate and let the rest of us enjoy some good news about the programs we follow…Geeezzz

    Really glad Lewan came back. Should be a fun year in A2. Maybe Green will look at that when making his decision….

    GO BLUE!

  5. droopyyydog1 says: Jan 9, 2013 8:23 PM

    Must have been that ass whipping Clowney put on him that changed his mind. I don’t know who lost more money after the bowl season, Lewan or Manti Miss Tackle.

  6. ckualii says: Jan 9, 2013 9:41 PM

    @droopydick

    Lewan owned Clowney

  7. thegamecocker says: Jan 9, 2013 10:40 PM

    @kualii

    Yea,
    Lewan “owned” Clowney?…I wonder if the Michigan RB Smith agrees with that? I doubt it! Smith is lucky his helmet was the only thing he lost! Jadeveon Clowney was double- teamed all game. And that includes when Michigan ran away from his side! 35-28….read it and weep!

  8. trinityeagle says: Jan 9, 2013 11:04 PM

    @gamecocker

    Your trash talking is cute, but you might as well get the score right. It was 33-28. Also, if you consider the devastating numbers that Clowney put up this season plus the fact that Clowney would likely go number 1 overall in the draft this year, I would say that Lewan had a pretty good game.

    Even the announcers were saying that Clowney had been more or less invisible prior to that play. I wouldn’t expect you to notice this though since you only watched the highlights and not the game or the film.

  9. rashardmendenballs says: Jan 9, 2013 11:39 PM

    Clowney was a actually a non-factor in the bowl game. The play where he blew up Smith was a missed assignment by the TE Aaron Williams.

  10. herbertjablonski says: Jan 9, 2013 11:47 PM

    ok, come on! Clowney is a great player and that hit was amazing, but you can’t go back and watch that play and tell me he owned any offensive lineman. It was clearly a missed assignment or he was unaccounted for on that play. I mean nobody even attempted to block him, the 2 nearest linemen ran past him trying to block somebody else, and Clowney just ran through untouched.

  11. rashardmendenballs says: Jan 9, 2013 11:49 PM

    Clowney was a actually a non-factor in the bowl game because he only had 3 tackles. Lewan did shut him down in that game regardless what you may think.

    The play where he blew up Smith was plain and simple a missed assignment by the TE Aaron Williams. The play was supposed to be a run to the left and to the outside of Clowney. The TE blocks down and to the inside on the DE, and the LT does not engage the DE and instead moves immediately to the “2nd level “and blocks and turns the Strong side LB. Taylor did his job on that play, the TE did not.

    Give Clowney credit for exploiting that play and making that amazing tackle in the backfield on Smith.

  12. harbourimages says: Jan 10, 2013 7:59 AM

    I wouldn’t use the term “owned Clowney,” but Lewan certainly LIMITED Clowney from playing one of his usual monster games. What did he end with … 4 tackles? It’s certainly fair to say Lewan at least “CONTAINED”Clowney rather well, and probably better than anyone else Clowney played against all year…. That was clearly a great performance by Lewan. Sure glad he’s coming back. GO BLUE!!!!!!!

  13. floridacock says: Jan 10, 2013 9:14 AM

    Clowney had a serviceable game but was kept under his tackles average by a very good OT. Hats off to Lewan. But as to the TE missing an assignment, he didn’t miss, he had NO chance. The only real surprise in this game was how well Michigan stayed with Carolina. I really thought we would win by 20.

  14. mydixienormus says: Jan 10, 2013 10:03 AM

    I’m not a Michigan fan, but like to see them do well.

    Is that guy that almost had his head taken off in the bowl game coming back next year?

  15. blueinok says: Jan 10, 2013 10:18 AM

    After seeing all the defections to the NFL on other teams, this is welcome news. GO BLUE!

  16. thegamecocker says: Jan 10, 2013 10:37 AM

    @trinityeagle

    I don’t consider my post “trash talking”. Clowney was double-teamed the majority of the game and Robinson’s roll-outs we’re away from Clowney. Lewan is a terrific pro-prospect and excellent D-1 college player. He played Clowney as well as could be expected and played. A fine game. The timing of the HIT, coming on the next play after the blatant erroneous first down call by “STEVIE WONDER”, changed the ultimate outcome of the game. Clowney would have been the first player selected in the NFL draft this year and will be next years sans an injury.

  17. wingsdjy says: Jan 10, 2013 2:47 PM

    You mean Gardner’s rollouts, right? I mean, you did watch the game?

  18. airaslt3 says: Jan 10, 2013 3:55 PM

    Lookit. High pick or not its been said enough times that his run blocking is in need of great improvement and that his foot work is inconsistent. He made the right choice by staying. More times than not it seems as though coming out early isn’t the best decision. Joe Thomas, jake long, peyton manning, and Andrew luck are all guys that could have come out earlier than they did but stayed to get another year of experience. Andrew luck did come out a year early but was a RS sophomore but stayed. Ryan leaf, mark Sanchez, todd marankovich (sp) and many others are busts who needed more time. The reason I probably can’t name more who left early and didn’t succeed is because they left early when the $$$$ were flashed, and failed in the nfl and fell by the wayside.

  19. thegamecocker says: Jan 10, 2013 10:46 PM

    @airaslt3

    Yes, I agree with your post. The longer they stay, the better prepared they are for the NFL.

    @wingsdj

    OK wing-nut, Gardner’s roll-outs….yes, I watched the game, the whole game, and nothing but the game! So help me G-d! Now get lost.

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