If Jim Harbaugh gets his way, Michigan Wolverines defensive star Jabrill Peppers would be joining the Heisman fraternity at the end of the season.
After the team’s 78-0 win over Rutgers on Saturday, in which Peppers was flying all over the field, Harbaugh expressed his belief that there isn’t a player in the country more deserving of the Heisman Trophy than Peppers.
“If there’s a better player in the country, I don’t know who it is. I know there’s a lot of great players out there, but this guy, to be able to coach a guy like Jabrill Peppers is a real joy. There’s nothing he can’t do. In my humble opinion, we’re looking at a Heisman Trophy winner, or candidate,” Harbaugh said, according to Josh Newman of the Asbury Park Press.
No primarily defensive player has won the Heisman since Charles Woodson, conveniently enough, of Michigan, in 1997. Like Peppers, Woodson was a do-it-all guy for the Wolverines, which helped his chances.
On Saturday, Peppers recorded scored two rushing touchdowns on offense and made two tackles on defense in front of the crowd in his home state of New Jersey.
If Peppers can continue to contribute in every aspect of the game, he could very well receive an invitation to New York in December.
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