The Wolverine

February 2013

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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Offensive tackle Taylor Lewan decided to wait on the NFL, instead opting for a fifth year at Michigan. photo by lon horwedel contract with the Miami Dolphins. Jon Jansen stuck around a final year as well. Steve Hutchinson did the same. And nobody ever underscored it all better than Bo Schembechler. "You can go into professional football, you can go anywhere you want to play after you leave here," Schembechler barked, in his most famous locker room speech ever. "You will never play for a team again. You'll play for a contract. You'll play for this. You'll play for that. You'll play for everything except the team, and think what a great thing it is to be a part of something that is, The Team." Some think that's silly, naïve, irrational, or all three combined. Long didn't. Jansen and Hutchinson didn't. Now Lewan doesn't, and that's a game-changer for what will be a very young Michigan offensive line. It just became older, tougher and far more ready to compete than it would have been had Lewan bolted for NFL bucks. Plus, he made it very clear he's not coming back to finish second. "Our goal is the Big Ten championship," Lewan insisted. "Coming back, pushing, and doing all the things we have to do, we can win a Big Ten championship." ❑ Editor John Borton has been with The Wolverine since 1991. Contact him at and follow him on Twitter @JB_Wolverine.

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