A dominant force from his left tackle position through six weeks, Michigan offensive lineman Taylor Lewan was named to Sports Illustrated's 2012 Midseason All-America Team on Wednesday after a strong first half of the season.
The 6'8, 309-pound redshirt junior has not allowed a sack of quarterback Denard Robinson through six games, and remains one of the most coveted NFL Draft prospects at his position in college football. Rather surprisingly, Lewan was the only player from the Big Ten listed among the 26 players selected for the first team.
Along with Lewan at the left tackle spot, North Carolina guard Jonathan Cooper, Alabama center Barrett Jones and guard Chance Warmack and Texas A&M tackle Luke Joeckel all rounded out the offensive linemen who were honored. Hoped to be the next great Michigan offensive lineman after former No. 1 overall pick Jake Long, Lewan has often drawn comparisons to the former great due to both his tenacity and massive physical frame.