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Former Michigan OL Taylor Lewan will stand trial for assault charges

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Dec 28, 2013; Tempe, AZ, USA; Michigan Wolverines offensive lineman Taylor Lewan (77) walks off the field following the game against the Kansas State Wildcats during the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl at Sun Devil Stadium. Kansas State defeated Michigan 31-14. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

Former Michigan offensive lineman Taylor Lewan might have moved on to the NFL, but the mistakes he allegedly made as a student-athlete haven’t gone away.

Lewan will have a jury trial on Oct. 27 for three misdemeanor assault charges — one charge of aggravated assault and two of assault and battery. The charges stem from an alleged incident on Dec. 1 where Lewan is accused of hitting two men, Ryan Munsch and James Hughes of Denver, outside an Ann Arbor restaurant in the early morning hours following the Ohio State-Michigan game.

Lewan has maintained he did not hit anyone and that he was breaking up a fight. Munsch said Lewan struck him and Hughes after he got involved in an altercation that originally began with the two men and Lewan’s brother, Bryce.

Jury selection will be Oct. 27 and Lewan’s attorney, John Shea, asked for a 45-person jury pool — increased from the usual 30 — because of the publicity involved with the case.

Lewan, a first-round draft pick of the Tennessee Titans, has a game at Houston on Oct. 26, but there is a bye the following week.

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