Jabrill Peppers has been lighting up the college football world with dynamic play this season. However, it wasn’t until after the 78-0 road victory over Rutgers University that Peppers really some traction in the race for the Heisman Trophy.
In a press conference following that huge win, University of Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh told the world where he thought Peppers should finish in the Heisman voting: in first place. Recently here at DSN, we compared the current statistics of Peppers with those of Heisman Trophy winner Charles Woodson in 1997. It is a very favorable comparison.
After the Wolverines dominated the Michigan State Spartans in a rivalry win this past Saturday even more people are talking about Peppers.
According to Bovada, the Heisman field is shrinking and Jabrill Peppers is gaining steam pic.twitter.com/Z2HJ23hEk6
— Ben Axelrod (@BenAxelrod) October 31, 2016
The sports gambling website has Peppers tied for 2nd place with 9/2 odds of winning the trophy. This jump up was obviously fueled by his outstanding performance against the Spartans. Peppers rushed for 24 yards on five carries, scoring a touchdown on the ground as well. He also had seven tackles, two of which were for a loss of yards, and added a sack. And if that wasn’t enough, Peppers returned two kicks and one punt in the game for a total of 23 yards. He capped things off with a fumble recovery on Michigan State’s 2-point conversion attempt, resulting in a subsequent 94-yard return for 2 Michigan points as the icing on the cake.
It’s not just Bovada that has seen improvement from Peppers. ESPN’s ‘Heismanology’ crew also likes what they’re seeing. The Heismanology list is compiled by ESPN who asks their Heisman Trophy voters to fill out a weekly sample ballot. The top 5 candidates are listed by Joe Tessitore on the network. This is the highest placement for Peppers on the list yet. Tessitore explained the reason behind the jump to #2 for Peppers in the video:
“We have been tracking Jabrill Peppers the last few weeks calling him ‘the great divide candidate.’ Voters either put him first or second or leave him off the ballot entirely.” Tessitore said. “Not any longer with Peppers. He now appears on 79 percent of the ballots, so he takes the big jump to second.”
The next chance for Peppers to impress the voters will be this Saturday. Michigan takes on the Maryland Terrapins at The Big House in Ann Arbor. Kickoff is at 3:30 PM ET.
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— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) November 1, 2016