From left: Jake Ryan, Courtney Avery, Taylor Lewan, Cam Gordon
Aug 25, 2013
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan football head coach Brady Hoke announced Sunday (Aug. 25) that seniors Taylor Lewan (Cave Creek, Ariz./Chaparral), Courtney Avery (Mansfield, Ohio/Lexington) and Cam Gordon (Detroit, Mich./Inkster) and senior/junior Jake Ryan (Westlake, Ohio/St. Ignatius) have been elected captains of the 2013 football team by a vote of their teammates.
It marks the third time in Michigan Football history the team will have four captains.
"I think all of our seniors have done a great job of leading since we started the season in January, and the team did a great job of voting four guys who are extremely deserving of being named captains of Team 134," said Hoke. "They all are great examples of team leaders."
Lewan was a 2012 All-America first-team choice by the Walter Camp Football Foundation, Associated Press, ESPN.com and SI.com at left tackle. 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 during his junior campaign. A three-year starter, Lewan has opened 35 career games at left tackle, including 28 consecutive. Entering 2013, he has been named to the watch list for the Maxwell Award, Outland Trophy, Rotary Lombardi Award and Walter Camp Player of the Year. He also has been named as a 2013 Preseason All-America first-team choice by ESPN.com, CBSSports.com, SI.com and Sporting News.
Gordon, a three-year letterman, has started 13 of 33 career games, totaling 98 tackles (6.5 for losses), three interceptions and two fumble recoveries. Gordon appeared in 13 games in 2012 at linebacker.
Avery has started 13 of 39 career games at Michigan as a defensive back, registering 81 tackles (4.5 for losses), one sack, two interceptions, eight pass breakups and three fumble recoveries. His 83-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown in 2011 is tied for the Michigan record. Also in 2011, Avery hauled in the game-clinching interception in the final minute of the Wolverines' victory over Ohio State. Prior to 2012, Avery earned the Frederick Matthaei spring award for the junior-to-be who has displayed leadership, drive and achievement on the athletic field and in the classroom.
Ryan started 13 games in 2012 at linebacker, leading the Wolverines with 88 tackles, 16 stops for losses, 4.5 sacks and four forced fumbles. An All-Big Ten second team choice by the media as a redshirt sophomore, Ryan has started 24 of 26 career games.
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