ANN ARBOR – Fifth year senior Taylor Lewan has accumulated some significant accolades since he arrived to campus over four years ago. He’s been named an A.P. All-American, Big Ten offensive lineman of the year and an All-Big Ten first-team performer, to name a few.
But none of those achievements can compete with his newest title -- Captain.
As Lewan was voted to be one of four co-captains Sunday by his teammates.
“I think it’s huge. And it’s the greatest honor I have ever received,” Lewan said. “To be voted on by your peers and put in a position to lead this team … I have never been a captain of anything. Not little league baseball. Not high school football – nothing. So it’s the first time and I am going to do everything I can to make sure to hold this team down.”
Joining Lewan as captains are seniors Courtney Avery and Cameron Gordon, as well as redshirt junior Jake Ryan.
The announcement of Lewan as a captain wasn’t a surprise, considering he could have been a top-10 pick in April’s NFL Draft, but chose to come back to Michigan for a chance to win a Big Ten championship. U-M hasn’t won the a Big Ten crown since 2004. But now that he’s a captain, Lewan insists there isn’t added pressure with his newly acquired title this season.
“No, I wouldn’t say that there is pressure,” Lewan said. “I think we still got 16 seniors altogether that are doing what they are supposed to do. It’s not like all of sudden everyone stops leading and then I’m like, ‘alright, I’ll take it.’ Everyone is still doing the same things. It’s just that I have the C next to my name.”
The Starting Five
Michigan announced that Graham Glasgow and Kyle Kalis will start at guard and Jack Miller will start at center in this Saturday’s home opener vs. Central Michigan. It was a fierce competition all the way to the end, said Lewan.
“It was a huge competition,” Lewan said. “It really came down to who really wanted it more. Who was going to play consistently. I think those guys have done a great job far as being a cohesive unit. These guys understand we are a team within a team and this team is going to live or die based on what we do.”
Punishing Offensive Front
“I expect it to,” Lewan said. “I absolutely expect this team to be a punishing offensive line. We should be. This is Michigan football and we have a huge tradition of Michigan offensive lineman and great offensive lineman. And these guys there is a standard with the position. There is difference between starting and playing well. There is probably plenty of guys from around the country that probably start that aint that great of players. But here there is a standard for the position. I expect all of them to push at the line of scrimmage, to protect our quarterback and make sure we get yards.”
Last Home Opener
Nothing more than focused on the game. I’ll worry about the emotional stuff after the season is over. I’m not here to watch ‘P.S. I love you’ and cry myself to sleep. I’m here to play football. You know? So when Saturday rolls around I’m here to play a football game. It’s not about me. It will never be about me. It’s about the team.