Taylor Lewan, Michigan's future at left tackle, doesn't look like a man who could be pushed around, or, have any fears whatsoever. But the 6'8", 283 pounder guarding the blind side felt some of those nerves when he got the chance to play at the Big House for the first time in his career.
"At first I was pretty nervous because I never played in the
Big House before," Lewan told GoBlueWolverine.
"But as soon as I started getting in it, it felt like a regular practice
with a bunch of people there. I feel
like I did pretty well. I feel like I
got a lot of work in. I feel like I did
not come off the field at all, which is almost a good thing. So at the end of
the day, I felt really
Much of the noise coming from the offensive line is just how
much of a push Lewan is making to crack into the starting five when the
season's first tilt against Connecticut
comes to be. Lewan may have already
sealed that with a solid spring in which he gained a lot of time with the first
string when upper classmen Perry Dorrenstein was sidelined with a back injury.
"After Perry Dorrestein got hurt, I've been running with the
ones, starting with the ones. I feel
like if I keep progressing, doing what I'm doing, I do not see why I do not
play a lot this year. I've got to keep
going as a player."
As he progresses, it's hard not to draw parallels to
another left tackle who wore the no. 77 jersey, Jake Long. When Lewan had
originally committed to Michigan, much was made
of the striking resemblance between he and Long, both in the way they play the
game and their looks as well.
"It's rough. The guys
give me a hard time all about it. Those
are big shoes to fill and I'm going to try to do the best I can. Try to get as
much extra work as possible and
try to live up to those expectations for all Michigan Nation."
As Lewan fills those shoes, the 2010 season awaits, and
while Lewan isn't ready to start making predictions, he does envision a far
better year for the Maize and Blue in 2010.
"I do not even know if I'm allowed to say. I do not even know what I'm allowed
right now. I'm going to play as hard as
we can. We're going to be real good."
Lewan Gets First Big House Game Experience
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