Michigan OL Taylor Lewan named midseason 1st-team All-American by Phil Steele
Taylor Lewan began the season as a third-team preseason All-American, according to Phil Steele.
Five games in, Lewan was bumped up to the first team.
Steele, a longtime college football prognosticator, released his midseason All-America teams Wednesday. Lewan, Michigan's star left tackle, was included with the top team.
He joined Michigan State tailback Le'Veon Bell as the Big Ten's only representation on the first team.
Lewan, a junior, has been the anchor of Michigan's improving offensive line. The unit struggled to gel at the start of the season, when it featured new starters at three spots, but seemed to turn a corner in the second half against Notre Dame.
Then the Wolverines rolled up 304 rushing yards last week against Purdue, and the offensive line was commended for its best performance of the season.
They've allowed only five sacks on the season, a Big Ten best.
Lewan, the unit's best player, is a big part of that.