ANN ARBOR - Taylor Lewan maintained a sense of humor about the crowd's response to his introduction Saturday at the Big Ten Championship in Indianapolis.
Put it this way: the decidedly pro-Ohio State and pro-Michigan State crowd at Lucas Oil Stadium didn't give Michigan's All-American left tackle a warm reception.
"It was hostile," said Lewan, who was named the conference's top offensive lineman of the year, which required his attendance at the Big Ten title game.
DId the fans say friendly things to Lewan?
"I guess you could put it as 'nice,' " Lewan said. "As nice as Ohio can be. It's a rivalry and those are two of Michigan's biggest rivals. Obviously, Notre Dame's gone after next year, but I would expect them to be upset with me being there. I wouldn't have it any other way."
Lewan hasn't shied away from becoming a target of sorts, either.
During Michigan's 29-6 loss Nov. 2 at Michigan State, Lewan twisted the facemask of Spartans safety Isaiah Lewis as he was down on the ground - an action for which Lewan later publicly apologized.
Later in the month, Lewan said after Michigan's 42-41 loss to Ohio State that the Buckeyes weren't as good as their No. 3 ranking advertised.
Lewan said he expected some boos from the 66,000 in the crowd, but didn't expect it to be that audible.
"It was just weird because they announced Devin [Funchess] and he just got a generic boo and I just thought, I'll just get a generic boo," Lewan said. "But I didn't even hear my name, it was so damn loud! There were so many boos, but if I get them, I must be doing something right with my life."