If you took the Offensive Lines and Defensive Lines out of the equation, Jabrill Peppers of Michigan really can play any position on the field. We all hear that all of the time, but some guys really can play about any position. I doubt that Peppers would make a really good passing Quarterback, but he could easily play an option Quarterback.
He’s just an incredible athlete.
Since I have been following football, and that’s really too many years than I would like to admit, the 2014 recruiting class might be the best I have ever seen.
LSU’s Leonard Fournette was the top player in that class and after this season is over, Fournette will
be one of the top selections in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Jabrill Peppers was ranked just below Fournette. His NFL status might not be so well defined because of his lack of great size, but he will definitely be drafted by some fortunate NFL franchise.
But, where will they play him?
On defense, he has played Cornerback, Safety and Nickelback, and now Outside Linebacker. On offense, he has played Running Back, Wide Receiver, and Quarterback in the Wildcat formation. He also returns punts and kicks and he does it really well.
On Saturday against the Colorado Buffaloes, the Michigan Wolverines were struggling on both offense and defense. The only area that they really weren’t having a rough day was special teams which seems to be the norm since the arrival of Jim Harbaugh. They do really well on punt and Field Goal blocks and on kick and punt returns.
Jabrill Peppers was a true difference maker against Colorado.
From his Outside Linebacker position, he totaled 9 tackles with 3 and 1/2 of those tackles were for loss. He also had one Quarterback sack and he got another hurry on the Quarterback which led to an incomplete pass.
Peppers had 4 punt returns which totaled 99 yards and a Touchdown. If you are searching for your calculator that is 24.75 yards per return bringing his season average to an impressive average of 21.63 yards per return.
He returned two kickoffs for 81 yards and I am no math wizard, but that’s another 40.5 yards per
return which clearly set his team up in great field position.
On offense, Peppers ran the ball twice for 24 yards.
Peppers was the Walter Camp player of the week for his brilliant efforts. This blog has been promoting Jabrill Peppers for 2 years and it’s great for him to become recognized by the national media because Peppers is a special player.
In any other year, Jabrill Peppers could be a serious Heisman contender.