Michigan head coach Brady Hoke has confirmed that star offensive tackle Taylor Lewan will play this week against Indiana despite suffering a head injury in the game against Penn State. Lewan is arguably the best player on the entire Wolverines roster and he is a huge stabilizing force on the offensive line and helping to allow Devin Gardner to scan the field and make plays.
While some may scoff at the idea that the Wolverines need Lewan for the Hoosiers, they have shown they can put up a lot of points this season and Michigan has struggled to put away a number of opponents including Akron, Connecticut and then with the loss this past week against the Nittany Lions. Little has come easy this season for Michigan, so they need all hands on deck for every game this season if they intend to contend for the Big Ten championship this year. The schedule for Michigan is littered with opponents that could step up and surprise them as they play Indiana this week, Michigan State next week in East Lansing and then host Nebraska.
While Lewan is important for Michigan, there is also a substantial focus on the blind side protector because of his potential in the NFL and the NFL Draft. Lewan is considered by many not only to be a first round tackle, but could be one of the top tackles and an early first round pick next May, so there will be a little more scrutiny when it comes to injuries, what they are, their extent, and how he reacts to playing through them.