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Taylor Lewan admits ‘blatant’ dirty play, could face suspension

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Things didn’t go well for Michigan on Saturday in a 29-6 loss to Michigan State, but adding insult to injury were the antics of Wolverines lineman Taylor Lewan.

ESPN’s cameras captured Lewan grabbing and twisting opposing defenders’ facemasks a few times during the game, leading to plenty of tough questions for the Wolverines captain on Monday.

First, Lewan’s lowlight reel:

Here’s what Lewan had to say about everything on Monday, via ESPN’s Chantel Jennings:

“It’s tough at times, definitely when you’re in a huge rivalry game like Michigan-Michigan State,” Lewan said. “A couple of those face-mask deals were on accident. … A couple of those were very blatant and I apologize for that.

“There are different ways to go about it, but I lost my composure for a second. That’s not OK to do. That’s not representing the University of Michigan the way it should be. That’s not taking pride in the rivalry that we have with Michigan State.”

Coach Brady Hoke said he would’ve suspended Lewan for his action if he felt it was warranted, but the Big Ten still could issue a ban.

While Hoke defended some of the mask-pulling as Lewan trying to get Spartan defenders off quarterback Devin Gardner, some of his actions were nonetheless indefensible.

“It’s not what we want to portray or be,” Hoke said. “It’s not who we are.”

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16 Responses to “Taylor Lewan admits ‘blatant’ dirty play, could face suspension”
  1. skwackquackwoof says: Nov 4, 2013 4:41 PM

    That is character, just in case Richie Incognito was wondering.

  2. kicksave1980 says: Nov 4, 2013 4:46 PM

    Reminds me of Kyle Turley and Richie Incognito. I know that Incognito is in the news a lot right now, but as a Rams fan, I’ve hated him for years. Go ahead and get used to adding “Personal Foul, 15 yard penalty” to the end of this guy’s name…just like the other 2 guys I mentioned.

  3. brianincbus says: Nov 4, 2013 4:47 PM

    Shocker, a scUM player plays dirty and loses his composure when they’re losing (which happens a lot when they play their rivals).

  4. sparty0n says: Nov 4, 2013 5:11 PM

    “Coach Brady Hoke said he would’ve suspended Lewan for his action if he felt it was warranted”

    So I wonder what actions Hoke thinks are warranted when his players do something like this?

  5. mrsmell says: Nov 4, 2013 6:09 PM

    Not good at all Taylor. Red flags just came up. That was dirty. A little harder and the guy maybe be paralyzed.

  6. rolltide510 says: Nov 4, 2013 6:24 PM

    Suspending somebody over a facemask? WTF?

  7. BrownsTown says: Nov 4, 2013 6:41 PM

    It might be time for Lewan to grab a cup and provide a sample.

  8. philliesblow says: Nov 4, 2013 6:52 PM

    Ironic that Lewan spent the week before the game talking about the 2011 game against MSU and how he didn’t want to get bullied again then he does this crap. He’s been a dirty player for a long time it’s about time this was pointed out in a game.

  9. dkhhuey says: Nov 4, 2013 7:20 PM

    Um – it isn’t admitting anything after you’re caught on video doing it.

  10. ttalarico says: Nov 4, 2013 7:55 PM

    That’s exactly who they are!

  11. longborer69 says: Nov 5, 2013 4:28 AM

    I always liked Michigan when I was a kid.

    If Hoke doesn’t think it warrants a suspension, why does the school not think Hoke needs a suspension?

    Any remaining feeling I had for Michigan just got suspended.

  12. geofferystevens says: Nov 5, 2013 9:45 AM

    I think that in this case he should not be suspended the being he owned his behavior. To often there is a lot of minimizing and excuse making. I think the Big Ten should make an example of him and announce what the suspension would have been if he had not admitted and accepted responsibility. After all character building is was collegiate athletics is supposed to be about. Go Green!

  13. powercorrupts2 says: Nov 5, 2013 2:35 PM

    He did it several times and even after the play was over and purposefully to players who were lying on their backs on the ground. Hard to accept a “but I lost my composure for a second” explanation for that kind of behavior. Lack of punishment sends a message to the rest of the team that this behavior is permissible. That if you are being out played, rather than playing harder, it is ok to act out your anger by doing things that can injure the other teams players. This guy is the team captain, the team’s leader. He sets an example of really bad sportsmanship and, sadly, it seems like the coach supports this (actions speak louder than words, Mr. Hoke). That is certainly not representing the University of Michigan the way it should be. Hopefully the Big Ten will take some action on this.

  14. Anoesis says: Nov 5, 2013 6:17 PM

    “I lost my composure for a second.”

    Repeatedly? That’s not losing your composure, that’s calculated. How did he not get flagged on any of those?

    Hoke’s comments were as gutless as Lewan’s behavior.

  15. CBFAN says: Nov 6, 2013 1:05 PM

    Anything good coming out of Michigan these days? Looking forward to November 30!

  16. ahogary says: Nov 6, 2013 6:12 PM

    If you keep doing what you’ve been doing your going to keep getting what you’ve been getting.

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