TAMPA, Fla. — A proclamation came from the first row of Raymond James Stadium.
“It’s Patterson season,” one fan screamed in Brandon Peters’ direction.
And thus, the proverbial cloud hanging over the redshirt freshman’s head became very, very literal.
He stood on the sideline, helmet perched upon his head.
He was a lonely man, playing one of football’s loneliest positions. He had just gone four-and-out with four incompletions, the Michigan football team’s penultimate gasp in a 26-19 loss to South Carolina in the Outback Bowl.