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Michigan OL Taylor Lewan apologizes for ‘dirty’ play during Michigan State game

Graham Watson
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Michigan offensive lineman Taylor Lewan had to face some tough questions Monday regarding his well-publicized “dirty” play during the Michigan State-Michigan game last weekend.

The television broadcast of the game did a compilation of all of Lewan’s antics during the 29-6 Michigan State win, including him pulling the facemask of Michigan State safety Isaiah Lewis while he was on the ground.

The Big Ten office is currently reviewing that play and Lewan could face a suspension.

"I'm not trying to make any excuses for it, absolutely not, what I did was wrong," Lewan said. "There's always a different way to go about (a situation), and I should have gone about it a different way.

"But I can't take it back now."

Lewan said he was trying top get Lewis off his quarterback Devin Gardner, who was at the bottom of a pile. Garder was sacked seven times in the game.

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"That's not something I can control," Lewan said. "At the time, I was trying to protect my teammates, trying to protect Devin. I could have gone about it differently. If I could go back and do it differently, absolutely I would."

Coach Brady Hoke addressed Lewan’s play Monday, saying he spoke with Lewan and called his actions “unacceptable.” However, Hoke also said if he felt like Lewan warranted a suspension from the team, he would have done it already.

But just because Hoke won’t suspend his star lineman doesn’t mean the Big Ten won’t take action.

"I lost my composure for a second, and that's not OK to do," Lewan said. "That's not representing the University of Michigan the way it should be and it's not taking pride in the rivalry we have with Michigan State. You have to give it to them, they won, they beat us fair and square."

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