Taylor Lewan
Michigan WolverinesNo. 77
Offensive tackle Redshirt Senior
Date of birth: (1991-07-21) July 21, 1991 (age 28)
Place of birth: Scottsdale, Arizona
Height: 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) Weight: 309 lb (140 kg; 22 st 1 lb)
Career history
High school: Scottsdale (AZ) Chaparral
Bowl games
*2013 Outback Bowl
Career highlights and awards
Stats at

Taylor Curtis Lewan (born July 21, 1991) is an American football player from Scottsdale, Arizona. He enrolled at the University of Michigan in 2009 and redshirted his freshman season. In 2010, he took over the starting left tackle role from Mark Huyge in the fourth game versus Bowling Green. Lewan is currently the starter at left tackle for the 2012 Michigan Wolverines football team.[3] 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 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.

Early yearsEdit

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. He helped lead his team to Class 4A-I state championship game during his senior year.[4][5]

Lewan was rated as a four-star prospect by and He was selected as the fifth-best player in the state of Arizona and the 194th player nationally by He was listed as the No. 3 most athletic offensive lineman and the fifth-most agile offensive lineman according to 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.[6]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Taylor Lewan
Scottsdale, Arizona Chaparral (AZ) 6 ft 6.5 in (199.4 cm) 270 lb (120 kg) 4.645 Dec 14,
Scout:75px   Rivals:75px   ESPN grade: 80
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 20 (OT)   Rivals: 194, 16 (OT), 5 (AZ)  ESPN: 148, 12 (OT)
Note: In many cases, Scout and Rivals may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
In these cases, an average of the two was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

University of MichiganEdit

2009 seasonEdit

Taylor Lewan enrolled in Michigan's School of Kinesiology and redshirted his freshman season.[7][8]

2010 seasonEdit

Although Lewan did not play in the 2010 season opener, appeared in 11 games, including nine as a starter, during the 2010 season.[9]

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.[10][11]

In the first quarter of the Purdue game, Lewan picked up a fumble and ran 11 yards with it.[12]

After the 2010 season, Lewan was named by to its Freshman All-America second team.[9]

2011 seasonEdit

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.[13] 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.[9] Following the 2011 Big Ten Conference football season, he earned second team All-conference recognition.[14][15] He was an honorable mention All-American selectee by the Pro Football Weekly.[16]

2012 seasonEdit

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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.[17] 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.[18][19]

Personal lifeEdit

Lewan gained cult status among some of the Michigan football followers after a short interview where he displayed a tattoo of a mustache he has on the inside of his right index finger. In the interview, he displays how the tattoo should be used, putting his finger on his upper lip, taking on an English gentleman voice and saying: "Listen Miss, I just wanna dance!"

His colorful personality on and off the field makes him a popular player on campus.[20][21][22][23]


  1. Richard Cirminiello. " 2010 CFN All-Freshmen team".
  2. "2012 Big Ten Individual Award Winners". Big Ten Conference. November 27, 2012. Retrieved November 27, 2012.
  3. Pete Bigelow. "Michigan left tackle Taylor Lewan received a simple message from No. 1 pick Jake Long".
  4. Richard Obert (July 2, 2008). "Lewan's switch to offense makes him bigger recruit". Arizona Republic, Phoenix, Ariz..,+2008&author=Richard+Obert&pub=Arizona+Republic&desc=Lewan's+switch+to+offense+makes+him+bigger+recruit&pqatl=google.
  5. Richard Obert (June 21, 2008). "Lewan checks out camps". Arizona Republic, Phoenix, Ariz..,+2008&author=Richard+Obert&pub=Arizona+Republic&desc=Lewan+checks+out+camps&pqatl=google.
  6. Josh Helmholdt (January 6, 2009). "Michigan commits take part in pair of weekend all-star games". Detroit Free Press.
  7. "Taylor Lewan profile". Retrieved November 9, 2010.
  8. Mark Snyder (June 16, 2009). "Lewan: The new No. 77". Detroit Free Press.,+2009&author=MARK+SNYDER&pub=Detroit+Free+Press&desc=Lewan:+The+new+No.+77&pqatl=google.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 "Taylor Lewan Bio". University of Michigan. Retrieved October 17, 2011.
  10. Mark Snyder (October 30, 2010). "Michigan redshirt freshman Taylor Lewan needs to control energy". Detroit Free Press.
  11. Kyle Meinke (September 27, 2011). "Fiery Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan harnessing emotions, reining in penalties". Retrieved October 17, 2011.
  12. Ace Anbender (November 15, 2010). "Beautifully Ugly". The Wolverine Blog.
  13. Angelique S. Chengelis (September 29, 2011). "Taylor Lewan shows caution for flags". The Detroit News.
  14. "Molk Named Top Offensive Lineman to Headline Big Ten Awards". CBS Interactive. 2011-11-28. Retrieved 2011-11-29.
  15. "Big Ten Announces 2011 All-Big Ten Teams and Select Individual Award Winners". CBS Interactive. 2011-11-28. Retrieved 2011-11-29.
  16. Nawrocki, Nolan (2011-12-12). "PFW 2011 All-America team". Pro Football Weekly. Retrieved 2011-12-13.
  17. "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.". CBS Interactive. 2012-08-27. Retrieved 2012-09-16.
  18. "Lewan, Hagerup Win Top Position Awards at Big Ten Banquet". CBS Interactive. November 26, 2012. Retrieved November 27, 2012.
  19. "Big Ten Announces 2012 All-Big Ten Teams and Select Individual Award Winners". CBS Interactive. November 26, 2012. Retrieved November 27, 2012.
  20. Pete Bigelow (October 28, 2010). "Funny, nasty, talkative, talented: Meet Michigan left tackle Taylor Lewan".
  21. Angelique S. Chengelis (September 28, 2010). "Taylor Lewan isn't your typical Michigan man". The Detroit News.
  22. Nicole Auerbach (September 2, 2010). "Craig Roh and Taylor Lewan: The odd couple that could anchor Michigan in the trenches". The Michigan Daily.
  23. Joe Stapleton (September 28, 2010). "Taylor Lewan captivates as football team's comedic relief". The Michigan Daily.

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