The Wolverine

December 2012

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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MICHIGAN FOOTBALL Wolverines Land Six On Big Ten Honor Roll vated Ryan to that status. Kovacs and Roh were granted hon- orable mention by the media, and the coaches bestowed honorable mention on Ryan. All three defend- ers were key elements of a crew that finished the regular season No. 2 in the nation in pass defense, allowing 155.2 yards per game. The Wolverines also finished No. 3 in the Big Ten in total defense, sur- rendering 311.2 yards a game In conference play, and finished first in scoring defense, giving up 16.6 points per contest. Ryan posted 84 tackles, four sacks Taylor Lewan, a redshirt junior, took home the Big Ten's Rimington-Pace Offensive Lineman of the Year Award, and he was a consensus first-team all-conference pick. best offensive lineman all year long. As it turns out, he was the best the Big Ten had to offer as well. Lewan earned the Rimington-Pace R PHOTO BY LON HORWEDEL edshirt junior offensive tackle Taylor Lewan was Michigan's the Wolverines over the past three seasons. Lewan and Omameh were parts of Offensive Lineman of the Year Award as the conference's top blocker, pac- ing a half-dozen Wolverines who earned All-Big Ten plaudits this season. Lewan followed up David Molk's Lineman of the Year honors from 2011. The veteran offensive lineman led the way for senior quarterback De- nard Robinson's third straight 1,000- yard rushing season, as well as pro- viding blindside protection for both Robinson and junior quarterback Devin Gardner. Lewan garnered first-team All-Big Ten notice from both the coaches and media. Fifth-year senior offensive guard Patrick Omameh also earned first- team notice from conference coaches, while gleaning honorable mention from the media. Omameh has been a fulltime starter at right guard for 36 THE WOLVERINE DECEMBER 2012 and 14.5 tackles for loss, all career highs for the third-year Wolverine. Kovacs finished with 65 tackles, al- lowing him to become only the 15th player ever at Michigan to surpass 300 career stops. He also notched five tackles for loss, two sacks, two pass breakups, an interception and a forced fumble. Kovacs also earned the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award for the second straight season. Roh wound up with 36 stops, in- cluding 5.5 TFLs and two sacks. The Ohio State game marked his 50th consecutive start, tying former U-M offensive lineman Jon Jansen for the school record in career starts. The Wolverines featured six play- an offensive line that allowed only 15 sacks on the year, best in the Big Ten. The Wolverines averaged 187.3 yards per game rushing behind their front. Michigan's third All-Big Ten first- teamer was also the Eddleman-Fields Punter of the Year in the Big Ten, ju- nior Will Hagerup. Hagerup earned first-team notice from the media and honorable mention by conference coaches. Hagerup got off 33 punts for 1,486 ers earning honorable mention from at least one of the two voting groups. — fifth-year senior corner- back J.T. Floyd (coaches/media); redshirt junior wide receiver Jeremy Gallon (coaches/media); redshirt junior placekicker Brendan Gib- bons (coaches/media); fifth-year se- nior wide receiver Roy Roundtree (coaches/media); senior defensive tackle Will Campbell (media); and Robinson (media). yards, averaging a conference-best 45.0 yards per punt. He bombed 13 punts 50 yards or more, including a season-best 62-yarder in the opener against Alabama. Redshirt sophomore linebacker Jake Ryan, fifth-year senior safety Jordan Kovacs and senior defensive end Craig Roh all earned second- team All-Big Ten honors from at least one of the two voting groups. The coaches put Kovacs and Roh on the second team, while the media ele- at Minnesota Nov. 3, junior quarter- back Devin Gardner threw for two scores and ran for another, finish- ing with three total TDs in sparking the greatest single month by a U-M signal-caller in school history. Gard- ner would add six more touchdowns through the air and six more on the ground to rack up 15 total touch- downs in November, eclipsing the previous high of 14 scores accounted for by Steve Smith in Oct. 1982 and Nov. 1983. DEVIN GARDNER'S NOVEMBER TD TALLY THE BEST EVER Inserted into the starting lineup

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