Jan. 9, 2013
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan football senior/junior offensive tackle Taylor Lewan (Scottsdale, Ariz./Chaparral) announced today (Wednesday, Jan. 9) he will return for a fifth season at U-M. Lewan told his teammates at a team meeting today at Schembechler Hall and met with the media afterward at the Junge Family Champions Center.
Lewan was a 2012 All-America first team choice by the Walter Camp Football Foundation, Associated Press, ESPN.com and SI.com. He also was named the Big Ten Rimington-Pace Offensive Lineman of the Year and was an All-Big Ten first team choice by the league's coaches and media.
A three-year starter, Lewan has opened 35 career games at left tackle, including 28 consecutive.
"I am excited to return for my senior season," said Lewan. "I always said I would evaluate things and make the best decision for me, and that's exactly what I did.
"I came here four years ago as a kid from Arizona and had goals but mostly individual goals. I wanted to play my freshman year. I wanted to be an All-American left tackle. I wanted the opportunity to get to the NFL. I've done those things.
"But in these four years, I have realized it's so much more. There aren't words to describe what this great university, the program and its people mean to me. This is a special place, the legacies, the expectations, the responsibility of wearing the No. 77 jersey, the fans, the great coaches and teammates. It's an honor to be a part of this tradition and family, to wear that winged helmet and to play in the greatest stadium in the world, and I'm not ready for that to end.
"I want to graduate. I want to improve to be an elite left tackle. I want to stand out there with my family on Senior Day. I want to get my 'M' ring. I want to lead some of these young offensive linemen. These are all things I would have been giving up if I left.
"This program has come a long way in my time here; won 11 games, won a BCS game, and even though our record didn't show it, I feel we made strides in the right direction this year. But we still have work to do, I still have work to do, and I'm going to spend every day working to do my best, to improve and to help Team 134 reach its goals. I know Team 134 has what it takes to win the Big Ten championship, and I want to be here for it."
"To come back, to want to be a leader of this team, to improve, I think that tells you a lot about Taylor," said Michigan head coach Brady Hoke. "He's done a lot for this program, and I'm glad he feels there is unfinished business.
"I'm happy for him, and I'm looking forward to getting started with Team 134."
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