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Michigan’s Jourdan Lewis is best DB in B1G; entire UM defense earns All-Big Ten honors

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Michigan Wolverines senior cornerback Jourdan Lewis is a Jim Thorpe Award finalist for a second straight year. Last year, he ended up falling short of that honor, as well as being the best defensive back in the Big Ten, to a friendly foe and Detroit-native in Iowa CB Desmond King.

This year, however, Lewis would not be out-done again by his Hawkeye counterpart as he is tabbed as the 2016 recipient for the best defensive back in the league.

Lewis this year in nine games played logged 25 tackles (3.5 for loss), picked off opposing quarterbacks twice to up his career total to six and broke up eight passes. Now that number there is significantly down from his 20 PBU in 2015, a single-season best in that department in school history, but that’s partly because he’s played in fewer games and opposing teams refused to throw in his direction. Regardless, he’s the all-time leader in that category in Michigan history.

The Cass Tech product and first-team All-Big Ten honoree Lewis will learn if he is the Thorpe Award winner on Thursday, December 8 at 6 p.m. ET, live on ESPN.

Also on Tuesday, Lewis learned that his teammates on the defensive side of the ball were named among the league’s best this season. Redshirt sophomore LB/DB Jabrill Peppers earned the title of Big Ten’s Defensive Player of the Year. And both Peppers and Lewis were one of four Wolverines named to first-team All-Big Ten, along with defensive ends Taco Charlton and Chris Wormley.

In fact, every starter on the defensive side of the ball for Michigan earned some form of All-Big Ten notoriety by either the coaches or the media on Tuesday.

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