Taylor Lewan

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Taylor Lewan
Taylor Lewan 2014.jpg
Lewan in 2014
No. 77     Tennessee Titans
Offensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1991-07-21) July 21, 1991 (age 23)
Place of birth: Scottsdale, Arizona
Height: 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)Weight: 309 lb (140 kg)
Career information
High school: Scottsdale (AZ) Chaparral
College: Michigan
NFL Draft: 2014 / Round: 1 / Pick: 11
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Stats at NFL.com
 
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Taylor Lewan
Taylor Lewan 2014.jpg
Lewan in 2014
No. 77     Tennessee Titans
Offensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1991-07-21) July 21, 1991 (age 23)
Place of birth: Scottsdale, Arizona
Height: 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)Weight: 309 lb (140 kg)
Career information
High school: Scottsdale (AZ) Chaparral
College: Michigan
NFL Draft: 2014 / Round: 1 / Pick: 11
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Stats at NFL.com

Taylor Curtis Lewan (born July 21, 1991) is an American football offensive tackle for the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Titans in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He played college football at Michigan. Lewan redshirted his freshman season in 2009. In 2010, he took over the starting left tackle role from Mark Huyge in the fourth game versus Bowling Green.[4] He was second team All-Big Ten Conference following the 2011 Big Ten Conference football season for the 2011 team. He was named the 2012 and 2013 Big Ten Conference Offensive Lineman of the Year and a 2012 All-Big Ten first team selection by both the coaches and the media for the 2012 team. Taylor was named First Team All-American by the Walter Camp Organization in 2012. He has completed his redshirt senior season for the 2013 Michigan Wolverines football team.

Early years[edit]

Lewan's father, Dave, was an offensive lineman at the University of Minnesota (Dave Lewan played High School Football for Oakridge S.S., in London, Ontario, Canada, when his father's job took him to London from Minnesota). Taylor Lewan played his first three years of high school for Cactus Shadows in Cave Creek, Arizona. He was a defensive end before transferring to Chaparral High School for his senior season, where he became an offensive lineman. [5][6]

Lewan was rated as a four-star prospect by Rivals.com and scout.com. He was selected as the fifth-best player in the state of Arizona and the 194th player nationally by Rivals.com. He was listed as the No. 3 most athletic offensive lineman and the fifth-most agile offensive lineman according to Rivals.com. He was a SuperPrep All-American and the nation's No. 10 overall offensive line prospect. He was selected to participate in the Under Armour All-American game.[7]

NameHometownHigh school / collegeHeightWeight40Commit date
Taylor Lewan
OT
Scottsdale, ArizonaChaparral (AZ)6 ft 6.5 in (1.99 m)270 lb (120 kg)4.645Dec 14, 2008 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 80
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 20 (OT)   Rivals: 194, 16 (OT), 5 (AZ)  ESPN: 148, 12 (OT)
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

University of Michigan[edit]

2009 season[edit]

Lewan in 2012

Taylor Lewan enrolled in Michigan's School of Kinesiology and redshirted his freshman season.[8][9]

2010 season[edit]

Although Lewan did not play in the 2010 season opener, he appeared in 11 games, including nine as a starter, during the 2010 season.[10]

He was rewarded with a starting role in the Bowling Green game. Michigan's offense displayed one of the top rushing attacks in the country, with quarterback Denard Robinson as the team's leading rusher behind protection by Lewan, David Molk, Patrick Omameh, Steven Schilling and Perry Dorrestein.

However, Lewan also displayed a knack for ill-timed, drive-killing penalties, mostly for false starts and personal fouls. These were attributed to his youth and aggressive nature on the field.[11][12]

In the first quarter of the Purdue game, Lewan picked up a fumble and ran 11 yards with it.[13]

After the 2010 season, Lewan was named by CollegeFootballNews.com to its Freshman All-America second team.[10]

2011 season[edit]

As a redshirt sophomore, Lewan was a starting offensive lineman for the 2011 Michigan Wolverines football team. After failing to draw a penalty in Michigan's early games, Lewan was praised for becoming a smarter player.[14] He was Michigan's starting left tackle in the first seven games of the season and was named to Phil Steele's Midseason All-Big Ten second team.[10] Following the 2011 Big Ten Conference football season, he earned second team All-conference recognition.[15][16] He was an honorable mention All-American selectee by the Pro Football Weekly.[17]

2012 season[edit]

Prior to the 2012 season, Lewan was selected by the media as one of five Big Ten Offensive players to watch along with teammate Denard Robinson as voted by the media.[18] Following the season, he was named the Big Ten Conference Offensive Lineman of the Year and named to the All-Big Ten first team by both the coaches and the media.[19][20] Lewan was a 2012 College Football All-America Team selection by the Associated Press (1st team),[21] ESPN (1st team),[22] Walter Camp Football Foundation (1st team),[23] Lindy's Sports (1st team),[24] Sports Illustrated (1st team),[25] CBSSports.com (2nd team), FoxSportsNext.com (Scout.com 2nd team),[26][27] and Pro Football Weekly (honorable mention).[28] CBSSports.com also named Lewan along with Will Hagerup to their All-Big Ten team.[29]

2013 season[edit]

After the 2013 season Lewan was named Big Ten Conference Offensive Lineman of the Year for the second season in a row.[3]

Professional career[edit]

2014 NFL Draft[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
HtWtArm lengthHand size40-yd dash10-yd split20-yd split20-ss3-coneVertBroadBP
6 ft 7 18 in309 lb33 78 in9 14 in4.87 s1.70 s4.49 s7.39 s30 12 in9 ft 9 in29 reps
All values from NFL Combine[30]

Lewan was selected by the Tennessee Titans as the eleventh pick of the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft.[31]

Rape cover-up allegations[edit]

In November 2009, Michigan kicker, Brendan Gibbons, was accused of rape by a female student. Lewan allegedly said to two fellow teammates and was allegedly overheard by friends of the victim, that "If she's going to press charges, I should go rape her, since he [Gibbons] didn't." The two teammates reported the comment to the coaching staff. Lewan has denied making those comments, saying "I’ve said a lot of dumb things, but those are not things I’ve said. I would never disrespect a woman like that. I consider myself a guy who holds doors, not threatens people." No charges were ever filed in the case against Gibbons or Lewan.[32][33][34]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Richard Cirminiello. "Scout.com: 2010 CFN All-Freshmen team". Scout.com. 
  2. ^ "2012 Big Ten Individual Award Winners". www.grfx.cstv.com. Big Ten Conference. November 27, 2012. Retrieved November 27, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Who won 2013 Big Ten individual awards?". www.btn.com. Big Ten Network. December 3, 2013. Retrieved December 3, 2013. 
  4. ^ Pete Bigelow. "Michigan left tackle Taylor Lewan received a simple message from No. 1 pick Jake Long". AnnArbor.com. 
  5. ^ Richard Obert (July 2, 2008). "Lewan's switch to offense makes him bigger recruit". Arizona Republic, Phoenix, Ariz. 
  6. ^ Richard Obert (June 21, 2008). "Lewan checks out camps". Arizona Republic, Phoenix, Ariz. 
  7. ^ Josh Helmholdt (January 6, 2009). "Michigan commits take part in pair of weekend all-star games". Detroit Free Press. 
  8. ^ "Taylor Lewan profile". MGoBlue.com. Retrieved November 9, 2010. 
  9. ^ Mark Snyder (June 16, 2009). "Lewan: The new No. 77". Detroit Free Press. 
  10. ^ a b c "Taylor Lewan Bio". University of Michigan. Retrieved October 17, 2011. 
  11. ^ Mark Snyder (October 30, 2010). "Michigan redshirt freshman Taylor Lewan needs to control energy". Detroit Free Press. 
  12. ^ Kyle Meinke (September 27, 2011). "Fiery Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan harnessing emotions, reining in penalties". AnnArbor.com. Retrieved October 17, 2011. 
  13. ^ Ace Anbender (November 15, 2010). "Beautifully Ugly". The Wolverine Blog. 
  14. ^ Angelique S. Chengelis (September 29, 2011). "Taylor Lewan shows caution for flags". The Detroit News. 
  15. ^ "Molk Named Top Offensive Lineman to Headline Big Ten Awards". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. 2011-11-28. Retrieved 2011-11-29. 
  16. ^ "Big Ten Announces 2011 All-Big Ten Teams and Select Individual Award Winners". BigTen.org. CBS Interactive. 2011-11-28. Retrieved 2011-11-29. 
  17. ^ Nawrocki, Nolan (2011-12-12). "PFW 2011 All-America team". Pro Football Weekly. Retrieved 2011-12-13. 
  18. ^ "Big Ten Weekly Football Release - August 27: Big Ten set to kick off 117th season when teams begin play Aug. 30, 31 or Sept. 1.". BigTen.org. CBS Interactive. 2012-08-27. Retrieved 2012-09-16. 
  19. ^ "Lewan, Hagerup Win Top Position Awards at Big Ten Banquet". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. November 26, 2012. Retrieved November 27, 2012. 
  20. ^ "Big Ten Announces 2012 All-Big Ten Teams and Select Individual Award Winners". BigTen.org. CBS Interactive. November 26, 2012. Retrieved November 27, 2012. 
  21. ^ "Lewan Named to All-America First Team by Associated Press". MGoBlue.com (CBS Interactive). December 11, 2012. Retrieved December 11, 2012. 
  22. ^ "AT&T ESPN All-America Team". ESPN. December 8, 2012. Retrieved December 9, 2012. 
  23. ^ "Walter Camp 123rd All-America Team". Walter Camp Football Foundation. December 6, 2012. Retrieved December 7, 2012. 
  24. ^ "Lindy’s announces its 2012 All-America Teams". Lindy's Sports. 2012-12-07. Retrieved 2012-12-08. 
  25. ^ "SI.com's 2012 All-America Team". Sports Illustrated. 2012-12-11. Retrieved 2012-12-12. 
  26. ^ "CBSSports.com 2012 College Football All-America Team". CBS Sports. December 3, 2012. Retrieved December 4, 2012. 
  27. ^ "FoxSportsNext.com 2012 All-America Team". Scout.com. December 7, 2012. Retrieved December 7, 2012. 
  28. ^ Nawrocki, Nolan (2012-12-11). "PFW 2012 All-America team". Pro Football Weekly. Retrieved 2012-12-12. 
  29. ^ Singer, Mike (December 2, 2012). "CBSSports.com's Big Ten All-Conference Team". CBS Sports. Retrieved December 4, 2012. 
  30. ^ http://www.nfl.com/combine/profiles/taylor-lewan?id=2543467
  31. ^ Tennessee Titans draft Michigan tackle Taylor Lewan
  32. ^ Michigan OT Taylor Lewan attempts to clear his name at combine
  33. ^ details in Michigan rape case leave many unanswered questions
  34. ^ George, Dohrmann. "Latest details in Michigan rape case leave many unanswered questions". SI.com. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 

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