I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
days until kickoff!
If you bother to keep an eye on MGoLicious, you may have seen an article on MLive wherein Taylor Lewan discusses the RS Freshmen that will be playing next year a little bit. (Unfortunately, no indicators about which way he himself is leaning). At any rate, one quote of his stands out, where the article concludes.
"I'm proud of what they've done, but if you play at a school like Michigan, you need to know that nothing is ever good enough. There's always somebody who came before you who was better."
There's no arguing that the best Left Tackle in Michigan history is Jake Long. We've had a number of really great Tackles, but Long is just tops. That's who Taylor must hold himself up against. And dang it if that's not a tough act to follow. The question I would like to pose is this:
What would Taylor Lewan have to do in his senior year, should he return, to become the greatest ever? Is it even possible? Part of Long's incredible success was our rushing game during his tenure. surely, Lewan cannot be held accountable for the interior line's problems causing our rushing game to have some major issues, but does our lack of a rushing game this past year hurt him in "greatest ever" respect? Is it possible for him to become the greatest ever without a Hartesque rushing game coming out of the backfield?
Jake Long, first overall, Miami Dolphins
Still the best argument for drafting a tackle high when rebuilding, Long has been among the league’s best players since coming to Miami.
#83- LaMarr Woodley, LB Pittsburgh Steelers
#77- Charles Woodson, CB Green Bay Packers
#41- Jake Long, OT Miami Dolphins
#1- Tom Brady, QB New England Patriots
#30- Matthew Stafford, QB
#24- Ndamukong Suh, DT
#9- Calvin Johnson, WR
Not sure of Schrager's credibility, but it's nice to have the number one spot locked down by a Wolverine.
At least some people here are aware that Jake Long's younger brother, Joe, played well enough at Wayne State (same position, almost the same size: http://wsuathletics.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=4556) to get a look from the NFL. He's mentioned here along with RVB: