Michigan’s Jabrill Peppers takes home Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year award

One of the big reasons the Michigan Wolverines are among the nation’s best teams is a deep defense at all three levels. Highlighting that is redshirt sophomore and dark horse Heisman candidate Jabrill Peppers, who was named to a bevy of postseason award watch lists before the season began.

And on Tuesday, he’s taking home three pieces of hardware, most notably the Big Ten ‘Defensive Player of the Year’ Award.

Peppers on the season recorded 72 total tackles, 16 for a loss and four sacks. His lone interception came in the season finale against Ohio State, and also added eight hurries of opposing quarterbacks. In the special team department, he 570 yards on 31 punt and kick returns, including one touchdown on a punt return.

His versatility and ability to play on both sides of the football is why his name has been thrown around for potential Heisman candidacy. It wasn’t very often, but when Peppers was lined up in the backfield as part of the Wildcat, he tuck and ran it 27 times for 167 yards and three scores.

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