ANN ARBOR - Taylor Lewan has decided he's going to stop listening to what the media says about Michigan's offensive line.
In first six weeks of season, the senior left tackle's praise for his offensive line has grown during his meetings with the media who covers the Michigan football program on a regular basis.
When asked about the improvement in his team's offensive line and if it's encouraging to see hard work coming to fruition, Lewan had this to say:
"The first couple weeks, we didn't play well, obviously, as an offensive line," Lewan said. "But I fed into what you guys were saying. You guys were telling me, 'the offensive line's not doing good. You guys are telling me this. And I was kind of buying into that.
"You know what? This offensive line is special. And we're capable of doing all the things that we did on Saturday and better. My biggest thing is not buying into what you guys are saying and buying into what these coaches are saying. Buying into what this team's capable of and what I know we're capable of."
Maybe it's a byproduct of frustration, or maybe it's something that finally came to a boil. Maybe it's truly how he felt.
It's funny, because at the start of the season, Lewan was critical of the offensive line's play in its loss to Alabama.
"We didn't play good enough," Lewan said in the first week of September. "We need to play better. There's no excuse for that. I put a lot of that loss on the offensive line and how we played. As a group, we did not have a good day. And we can't have that."
Still, I didn't realize our collective opinion mattered that much.