With the college football season wrapped up and bowl season on the horizon, all of the postseason accolades can be handed out. One of them will be the Heisman Trophy and among the five candidates nominated this year is Michigan redshirt sophomore and do-everything superstar, Jabrill Peppers.
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The 2016 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year was all over the field for the Wolverines this season. Peppers totaled 66 tackles (46 solo), 13 of which were for a loss of yards. He also recorded three sacks of opposing one quarterbacks, one interception and one pass broken up.
Peppers also saw a considerable amount of time on the offensive side of the ball for head coach Jim Harbaugh. He officially carried the rock 27 times for 167 yards and added three scores on the ground. Not much in the receiving department for Peppers though, just two catches officially for three yards.
Peppers was the No. 1 threat and a difference maker on both sides for special teams, predominantly the return team. He returned a combined 31 kickoff and punt returns for a total of 570 yards and one touchdown.
While he is getting the invite, the consensus winner for the Heisman according to many ‘experts’ is that of Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson. However, after a couple dud performances from him and his Cardinals to end the season, what may have seemed like a virtual runaway may end up being closer in the ballots.
The presentation of the Heisman can be seen this coming Saturday, December 10 at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN.