It’s not very often that we hear of a college football player wanting to stay in school to earn his degree. Let’s take time to give credit where credit is due.
Jabrill Peppers, a former five-star recruit in the 2014 class, has the type of talent that would allow him to leave early for the NFL as soon as he is eligible. According to Peppers, that will not happen until he earns his degree.
Peppers was injured most of his freshmen year which forced him to take a medical redshirt. If he decided to change his mind, he would be allowed to enter the NFL draft after his redshirt sophomore season.
You have to assume that Peppers will only improve as a player with the arrival of defensive minded coach Jim Harbaugh. The former highly talented recruit had offers from just about every college across the nation.
It’s no secret that Peppers has the brightest future of any player on Michigan’s roster, but he needs to stay healthy to prove he can live up to the hype.
Michigan’s defense was not horrible last year and actually finished the year ranked 7th in overall defense. On average the Wolverines only allowed 193.7 yards passing per game. It was the lack of offense that cost them to finish with a 5-7 record.
Maybe Mr. Harbaugh will look to get Peppers some snaps on offense. He is listed at 6-foot-1 and with his speed he can certainly provide a spark to an offense lacking playmakers. Similar to the way Charles Woodson did the year he won the Heisman.
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