Michigan head coach Brady Hoke announced late this afternoon the selection of three seniors (Taylor Lewan, Courtney Avery, Cam Gordon) and a redshirt junior (Jake Ryan) as captains of the 2013/2014 football team.
"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," he said. "They all are great examples of team leaders."
Lewan was a virtual shoe-in to be named after spurning the millions that come with potentially being the top overall pick in the NFL draft. A three-year starter at left tackle, Lewan was named 2012 All-America first-team choice by the Walter Camp Football Foundation, Associated Press, ESPN.com and SI.com and was named the Big Ten Rimington-Pace Offensive Lineman of the Year and All-Big Ten first-team. Heading into his final campaign in the Maize & Blue he was named to watch lists 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.
Avery and Gordon have been quiet but consistent Wolverine contributors throughout their careers. Avery has started 13 of 39 career games at Michigan as a defensive back, registering 81 tackles, 4.5 for loss, one sack, two interceptions, eight pass breakups and three fumble recoveries. Gordon, meanwhile, began his career at wide receiver before transitioning to safety and later linebacker. He has notched 98 tackles, 6.5 for losses, three interceptions and two fumble recoveries heading into his final campaign donning the winged helmet.
Ryan stands out as the only player with junior eligibility on the list. Widely recognized as the Wolverines’ best defender in 2012, Ryan tore his ACL in spring football. The All Big 10 second team selection led the team with 88 tackles, 16 stops for losses, 4.5 sacks and four forced fumbles. He is on track to return to full-contact sometime in October.