Michigan Wolverine offensive tackle Taylor Lewan apologized on Monday for the unsportsmanlike conduct penalty he incurred during Michigan’s 29-6 loss to the Michigan State Spartans on Saturday. Lewan twisted the helmet of a Michigan State player while trying to free quarterback Devin Gardner from a pile, and the Big Ten is reviewing the play to see if a suspension is warranted.
While Lewan said he was just trying to protect Gardner, he admitted that his emotions got the best of him:
At the time I was trying to protect my teammates, trying to protect Devin. Obviously I could’ve gone about it way different. And if I could go back and do it different, absolutely I would.
It’s tough at times, definitely when you’re in a huge rivalry game like Michigan-Michigan State. A couple of those face mask deals were on accident. … A couple of those were very blatant and I apologize for that. There are different ways to go about it, but I lost my composure for a second. That’s not OK to do. That’s not representing the University of Michigan the way it should be (ESPN).
Michigan head coach Brady Hoke, while not condoning Lewan’s behavior, said that he doesn’t believe the lineman deserves a suspension.