Lewan named ESPN.com All-American
December, 10, 2012
By Michael Rothstein | ESPN.com
Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY SportsTaylor Lewan will face a fellow ESPN.com All-American in the Outback Bowl.ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- In a group of five where having your name mentioned probably means bad things, Taylor Lewan was an exception. As the Michigan offensive line struggled through most of this season, Lewan still managed to excel.
He became a wall on the left side of the offensive line, a left tackle who could block almost anything in his path on the way to the Big Ten’s Offensive Lineman of the Year award and a gaggle of All-American selections, including the ESPN.com All-America team.
The 6-foot-8, 309-pounder often had to answer questions about the struggles of his offensive line this season and they ranged from agreement -- he criticized the line heavily the first few weeks of the season -- to surliness when he disagreed with the criticism. The one thing that could not be doubted, though, was Lewan’s ability.
He has one year of eligibility remaining, but could depart for the NFL this season and be a high selection -- that is how good the NFL scouts feel he is and can be. While he won’t make that decision until after the Outback Bowl against South Carolina on New Year’s Day, he has proven to be one of the best in the country.
It is in that New Year’s Day game where Lewan might get the best gauge of his future. There could be times then where he is matched up with another ESPN.com All-American, South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.
Lewan, unsurprisingly, also earned a spot on the ESPN.com All-Big Ten team along with Michigan redshirt sophomore linebacker Jake Ryan, who led the Wolverines in tackles (84) and tackles for loss (14).
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BIG TEN SCOREBOARD
Final Washington State 45 Colorado State 48 Final 20 Fresno State 20 25 USC 45 Final Buffalo 24 San Diego State 49 Final Tulane 21 Louisiana-Lafayette 24
Final Pittsburgh 30 Bowling Green 27 Final Utah State 21 23 Northern Illinois 14
Final Marshall 31 Maryland 20 Final Syracuse 21 Minnesota 17 Final Brigham Young 16 Washington 31
Final Rutgers 16 Notre Dame 29 Final Cincinnati 17 North Carolina 39 Final Miami (FL) 9 18 Louisville 36 Final Michigan 14 Kansas State 31
Final Middle Tennessee 6 Navy 24 Final Ole Miss 25 Georgia Tech 17 Final 10 Oregon 30 Texas 7 Final 14 Arizona State 23 Texas Tech 37
Final Arizona 42 Boston College 19 Final Virginia Tech 12 17 UCLA 42 Final Rice 7 Mississippi State 44 Final 24 Duke 48 21 Texas A&M 52
Final Nebraska 24 22 Georgia 19 Final UNLV 14 North Texas 36 Final Iowa 14 16 LSU 21 Final 19 Wisconsin 24 9 South Carolina 34 Final 5 Stanford 20 4 Michigan State 24 Final 15 UCF 52 6 Baylor 42
Final 13 Oklahoma State 31 8 Missouri 41 Final 12 Clemson 40 7 Ohio State 35