Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 8/6/12

The Big Ten has been great at producing offensive linemen prospects for he NFL lately. The Wisconsin Badgers are a factory, but there’s also been a bunch in the few year coming out from the Illinois Fighting Illini, Ohio State Buckeyes and Michigan Wolverines.

Who’s the next Jake Long? Maybe Michigan junior left tackle Taylor Lewan.

Part of what makes these o linemen from the league so tough is who they’re constantly facing off with- great defensive lines, Whether in practice scrimmaging or in game, so many linemen are practicing their craft vs strong defensive lines.


“the Big Ten is great for defensive lines and I think one of the the best defensive lines is the one we have at Michigan. I think Craig Roh is an incredible athlete and Will Campbell just transformed everything about him, it’s incredible,” Lewan said.

And what about the challenges of developing into a top notch o lineman in this league
“the chemistry is incredible, I see some special things in store for this line, but nobody’s job on the offenisve line is set in stone,” Lewan told the media at Big Ten Media Day.

Developing as an offensive lineman, as a freshman is the hardest position to do in college football,” he added

On a comical note, teammate and safety Jordan Kovacs called him boring and ugly.

“not boring, focused on goals at hand, and I’m not ugly,” Lewan said shooting down the stereotypes of offensive linemen.

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