Per @umichfootball on twitter.
Would be thrilled if he stays.
...please make him stay.
Lewan is ranked as a top 15 prospect by most, and CBS ranks him 8th. In all likelihood, if he goes, he will sign a contract that will give him a 10-15 year "jump start" on any career he could get with a degree. I would bet that Brady Hoke has enough integrity that he has advised Lewan to go now and not risk coming back and getting injured.
I'd love to see him come back, but there is no guarantee that he would be this high on the board if he hurt himself next year. I can't imagine him coming back.
Absolutely no one is trying to argue that he should stay. We just want him to stay.
I'll argue that he should stay. My happiness is more important to me than Lewan's happiness is, therefore he should stay and make me happy. Boom.
post on the blog! I totally agree - it is not about any individual player - it is all about my happiness and I choose he stay for me.........
Apparently Lewan was so impressed with your honesty that he decided to put your happiness before his own and stay. Congratulations! To all of us!!!
I'll be crossing my fingers at 5:59 pm.
Fingers are now crossed.
Would he have this big announcement thing if he were staying?
the media, who can blame them for at least attempting to make it a once and done deal. It won't stop the ones that have to be elbowed out of the way, but it should make a dent.
Matt Barkley did
I stand corrected.
I believe Braylon did as well.
In 1997, Peyton Manning called a press conference to announce he would be returning for his senior season at Tennessee. The crowd erupted. Heisman trophy all but assured. Then Woodson did his thing.
Peyton was the favorite to win the Heisman from the start. He had a Heisman type year too. However, Chuck wanted it more.
I currently work for a company that has a plant just north of Knoxville. Most of the guys (and gals) are bitter against us because of Chuck. I just say, "The best man won". You talk about anger. One of the women admitted that she cried when Peyton lost. She still has the front page of the Knoxville Paper and the headlines read "HEISMAN HELD HOSTAGE" The narrative says: "It is obvious to the entire nation that Manning deserved to win"
Errr the writer forgot to add '...the "Tennessee" Nation.....
Now T has not had anything to cheer about recently so they hold on to the "Stolen Heisman".
Tim Tebow made a big to-do about it at a rally in the stadium. It was mind of cheesy but it included a microphone, so there's that.
Pryor once had a big announcement where he announced he didn't have an announcement to make.
wouldn't wanna be ya!! wait...
Thank you for your years of service, Taylor.
You and your finger stache will be sorely missed...
I would love it if his mustache tattoo would stay in AA for one more year.
He'll need to touch it up if he wants to keep it for another year... Finger tattoos fade especially quickly due to the amount of hand washing that a person does.
The amount of hand washing that a person *should do*
Thanks for being awesome. Please pass awesomeness to next years linemen.
On to bigger things. Godspeed, young man.
It would be cool if he were to sell the twosie and give the proceeds to Mott's or some other charity. I would love to bid on that. He should be able to upgrade to a badazz Trek or Cannondale twosie after draft day.
as a program if he goes on to the NFL.
I suspect he will be gone. Thank you, Taylor, for all the hard work and excellent line play, and most particularly, sticking it to Tom.
I don't have high hopes for him staying, and I can't blame him at all for leaving.
Thanks for the great effort Taylor over the years, and enjoy the millions upon millions you will make in the NFL.
What do the Michigan Football and Michigan Basketball teams have in common?
Taylor Lewan doesn't play for either one of them.
You sure about that?
Pretty much a no brainer...he's of course going to stay.
You'll make some team very happy. I look forward to watching you play on Sundays (although I wish I could see one more season of Saturdays...)
If I see one negative word on here should he decide to enter the draft, it will become unpleasant.
I'm always sad to see guys leave Michigan, of course, but very happy when they find success at the next level.
Wait...don't buckle up? WHICH ONE DO I DO GUYS
There are no seabelts on a twosie. But to be safe you better wear a helmet.
And should go. Lots of money on the table and stock probably can't get any higher. I think he's at or close to his degree.
Only incentive would be 1) B10 Championship and 2) Fun in college but he's been here 4 years and I think it's good for our program to have elite guys leave and get drafted early.
He goes in the draft fresh off of a very solid performance against a top 5 pick next year, or, he stays and devastates people for another year.
Hard to see how a kid who is likely a top 10 pick stays another year, but who knows. Barkley is not the example I would use. He really screwed himself by staying; injury + poor performance = wish I would have got a better degree.
..........but I don't think he hurt it much at all, either. On the year he completed nearly 64% of his passes and threw 36 TD's to 15 int's, going for 3300 yards in 11 games. Last year he was at 69% passing, throwing for 39 TD's to 7 int's for 3500 yards in 12 games.
His completion percentage wasn't that big of a drop-off from last year, and his yardage per game actually picked up a little, throwing nearly the same TD's per game. His biggest negative this year is the int's, which more than doubled. Overall, though, I'd say that his 2012 and 2011 seasons were similar, in terms of his performance.
Now that I've essentially defended a player I dislike, from a team that I hate, I'm gonna go throw up now.
Those who stay will be champions, but I suspect that at 6:05, I'll be typing "Happy trails ... and good luck."
I think he stays. A few days ago Sam Webb had a caller on who knows his dad and thinks he's staying. I know ... all the callers may not be legit but I am going enjoy my wishful thinking for a few more hours.
There was someone posting here a few days ago who claimed to have talked to him recently and reported that Lewan felt he has "unfinished business" at Michigan. I had completely written off his return but then that post made me reconsider just a hair . . . now I'm ever so slightly getting my hopes up.
Well that seals it. He's definitely staying.
One of the Texas AM lineman is considering staying (Jake Mathews) LINK and if Matthews starys at AM Lewan should clearly go pro. His value would increase even greater.
He stayed and went #1, second time around
Not impossible, just risky. I wouldn't leave guaranteed money like that on the table, and risk another (unpaid) season... that's just me though.
But there are insurance policies available for guys projected to be drafted. They may not eliminate the opportunity cost, but they mitigate it somewhat.
He's gotta be gone. The class he came in with is graduating this year. Denard, Roh, etc.
Can't see a guy sticking around when the majority of his classmates are leaving and he has a top 10 pick in the NFL draft pretty much secured.
He's riding a donkey twosie off into the sunset. So long, sweet moustache tattoo'ed prince.
Good luck in the League Taylor.
Good luck to him whatever he chooses to do. I saw some Mock Drafts having him picked between 7-10 in the first round after the match-up with Clowney. So whatever he decides to do, it looks like he'll have a bright future.
I admire your courage in embedding a Michael Bolton video on this blog. Or any blog for that matter.
I have really enjoyed his progression-- at least as I percieved it-- from "Is He really that good" his first year to "I guess he is" the second to "Actually, better" his third year. If the Colts can some how, some way, get him as their new LT I'll be stoked. Since they pic 24th, that will never happen. I always have this line from the Anthology of Interest: "So that's what things would be like if I'd invented the fing-longer. [Sigh]. A man can dream though. A man can dream..."
Here's hoping he emulates his idol Jake Long and comes back for his senior season.
My vision: Two hats. One has the NFL logo, the other is Michigan. He puts on the Michigan hat and everybody shouts, jumping up and down, and congratulating each other. Best recruiting job to date.
Won't happen. Everybody knows Hoke can't close on the kids choosing hats. Now only if he had decided to come back in August...
We got alot out of him. Happy with either decision. Ask yourself, if your friend got an amazing job offer... Would you be a douche to him for accepting?
Quick! Someone steal his twosie and write a ransom letter.
You will get your beloved twosie back at the end of the 2013 season if you stay.
the mgoblog community should band together and buy this man a twosie made of solid gold if it will get him to stay.
like some kind of NCAA violation.
We enable him to buy, many, many , many twosies.
Remember where BKFinest went when he did that? Oh well, at least you speak the language.
Here's to hoping you're right.
i want him to stay, but that's just plain selfish, so i won't be dissapointed if he leaves. go get your millions, lewan. you've earned them.
We think this will be streamed by mgoblue.com or some other outlet? (although we will quickly know via twitter and the like)
I've moved from the "i'd be shocked if he came back" to the "i'd be surprised, but not shocked..." camp. Seems like a kid who loves college, has done all of his homework on the decision, including, I assume, talking to the likes of Jake Long and others who may have both stayed and come out early. Taylor seems like a mature young man who can grasp the notion of "you get a 2nd chance at a senior year in college and all it entails, but then that's it, never again can you have this experience".
He'll be missed if he leaves, but nothing but deep gratitude can be felt for the years he gave the team and university.
we'd all prefer that he stay b/c it's better for the team next year. but in reality, recruits want to see that we're putting high level talent into the NFL and in the long run doing so assures us more long term success. and the other bottom line is that lewan was an awesome player, helped the team, allowed us to enjoy the team more and now deserves to redeem the spoils of his efforts.
I wish Taylor Lewan nothing but the best in whatever he decides to do. His years of service to Michigan have been excellent and his play really has earned him that very high projection in the NFL draft, which is an honor for both the program as well as Lewan. If he does decide to stay ultimately, then best of luck on what would then undoubtedly be an excellent senior campaign.
Where is he announcing? Is this like a nationally broadcasted thing like on ESPN, locally like on mgoblue.com or just something we'll have to catch on the net?
Wisconsin is recruiting him to play QB for the Badgers.
Hoke should use some of his weekly recruiting points to try and get him to stay.
Also, he should use some on Stefon Diggs.
By all means I think he's leaving. He gave his mother his helmet after the bowl game, and seemed to talk about having a good ride while here. His stock probably couldn't get any higher either. However, this press conference gives me hope. Recently it's become more common for guys to hold these press conferences to inform their school that they are staying (Burke, Barkley). Lewan sticking around would give the team a moral boost going into the offseason and into next year. Also, with Braden looking to be ready to step in next season it could allow Schofield to go back to guard where I thought he played very well last season. I do know that Taylor loves this university, evidenced by how visible he is at major university non-athletic events. Maybe, I'm just trying to convince myself of the impossible, but I wouldn't be totally shocked if he stayed.
Either way, I loved watching Lewan progress over the best three seasons. Best of luck in whichever endeavor he chooses.
Good luck at the next level Taylor. Thank you for all you have done for Michigan.
Let's just say he stays. How does that change the perception of next year's offense? Chances to get to the Big ten Title game?
To me this is a huge decision for next year's team and means a much much more productive offense. Therefore increases our chances to play for a championship.
But as a Redshirt Junior he'll leave with a degree and would be among the best decorated M Lineman in history. I think more importantly though in making his decisions...he's had some pretty close calls with injuries and has been pretty banged up throughout his career.
The ULTIMATE tragedy would be if he came back, got injured, played less than standard Lewan level and gets drafted in the 2-3rd round (or not at all). I want him to stay, but I want even more for him to succeed at the next level and not wonder what if, and cast self doubt in costing himself a career.
Spread your WWWings and FLY awaaaaayy. If you really love something, sometimes you just gotta let it go.
Some good points, but really? You rather see him succeed at the next level than play for Michigan? Sure there is a chance he could get hurt next year in college. There is a chance he could get hurt walking up to the podium on draft day too or in his combine workouts or any other place. Not to discount it, but that is just a part of life.
I'm not saying he should stay. He has to do what's right for him. But there is no way I want him to leave. I would rather he played for Michigan, but will be very happy for him if he chooses to go on to the NFL.
between playing another year as a B1G offensive lineman and walking up to the podium on draft day, he must really suck at podium-walking.
but there is something to be said for enjoying one last year of college. He will get his millions this year or next. How many chances does a person get to be a broke ass college student. Whichever decision he makes will be a good one, I wish him luck either way.
And predict that he will be getting a really REALLY nice twosie soon.
We have a 50/50 chance of keeping him. No but seriously, best luck to him at the next level.
Go make your money big man, you've earned it.
You are a true Michigan Man!
Everything says he's gone, and in reality that's almost certainly the right thing for him.
But I'm in this for me. STAY, GODDAMNIT.
If I was in Lewan's shoes, how could I pass up one more year of crushing donkeys and riding around in the twosie around campus??
I'm hoping he stays, but I'll be happy for him if he chooses to leave.
He's staying. The return of BKFinest was an omen
That Lewan is basing his decision purely on comment #150 on this thread... No pressure.
Nothing hits home to recruits like watching players from their prospective colleges get selected in the lottery on draft day. We have offensive line talent at Michigan. Lewan needs to get his money and represent us well in the league! Congratulations Taylor!!
I doubt he'll even get drafted, let alone as a lottery pick.
I'll feel guilty.
May yours lead to a less entangled mess than mine.
I'd be happier if he stayed. I wouldn't be disappointed if he left. Thanks for providing this old alum some great entertainment. Show em whose boss, big fella.
Way too many guys leaving college early nowadays, but Lewan would not be one of them. It's hard to argue that he should stick around. It's the Shantee Orrs and Ernest Shazors that screw up by leaving early.
Post a tweet yesterday or Monday saying something to the effect that his return to AA was going to be a short trip, leaving Thursday, etc? Figured that was it right there...
Leaving Thursday. #shorttrip
That means he's staying today!
Meinke (sp?) or another AA area writer clarified regarding that, he is heading to CT Thursday for a short trip. A ceremony for the Walter Camp AA team.
If he stays though, he can guarantee a shot at being the First O-linemen off the board... Right now he's projected third after Loeckel (sp?) and Chance Warmack of Alabama... It's a win/win either way... I think he leaves this year as his hometown team is projected to pick him in most mock scenarios...
Any chance of a livefeed available for this?
...you never know, right? Sometimes emotional choices win out over rational ones.
Classes started today, anyone see him? That might tell us something
So maybe if nobody's seen Taylor, then it means he's staying?
He stayed at Michigan for four years and became a dominant player. I think he's ready, but I sure as hell wouldn't complain if he came back.
He so gone
Good luck sir.
"Leaving Thursday. #shorttrip" meaning leaving AA Thursday . That's too bad, but respect the decision to leave
Like one of the previous posters replied, wouldn't shock me to see him stay. ND and UM seem to carry kids that care about their school and would love nothing more than to compete for championships.
Wasn't Long in almost the exact position? Top-15 or so pick? And he decided to come back an ended up going 1. Maybe Lewan wants that last shot at a B1G championship. And to cement himself as an all-time great at Michigan. Weirder things have happened.
I've thought all along he was gone, but remember Jake Long? Sure first rounder, stayed for his love for his school, and his team. Didn't stay to improve his draft stock, clearly stayed so he can finish what he committed to. Either way, I wish Lewan nothing but the best in life, I just think it may go either way...