A role, both players indicated on Monday at Big Ten Media Days, that they both would willingly accept if voted on by their teammates.
“(It would) mean everything to me, man,” said Lewis, who along with Butt was named an AP All-American during his junior season in 2015. “I’ve been a Michigan fan, fanatic since I was two years old. I’ve had Michigan gear since forever. Just all the tradition, everybody that came ahead of me, some of the great players that were never captains that would mean so much to me if I was.”
Calling the possibility an “honor” was theme from both players.
“It would be a great honor to be able to represent the team if they did elect me as a captain,” Butt said. “But we have a lot of great guys on the team. Whether I am elected captain or not, I’m going to continue to lead, continue to the things I’ve been doing this off-season.”
“It would be a great honor for me and I know that everybody around me that’s involved in my life would be really proud of that,” said Lewis.
As of right now, no date for the captains’ vote has been announced.
Michigan opens its season on Sept. 3 against Hawaii.