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Jabrill Peppers, UM’s top 2014 signee, to be primary punt returner

Brady Hoke, Jabrill Peppers AP

One of the top freshmen in the Class of 2014 will be adding some additional responsibilities his first season at the collegiate level.  And, somewhere, Charles Woodson is smiling over the development.

While not really a surprise, and saying “we want improvement” in that phase of the game, Michigan’s Brady Hoke confirmed Friday that star 2014 signee Jabrill Peppers will be utilized as the Wolverines’ primary punt returner.  After averaging just over six yards a return last season, one of the fastest players in the most recent recruiting class certainly won’t do anything but help that unit.

That’ll be Jabrill,” the head coach said when asked about the job of returning punts. “I think, No. 1, we’re putting a lot of our best guys on the field. I think that’s a plus. I think we’ve had some (punt returners) in the last three years that have been decent, and sometimes maybe we haven’t fielded the ball as well as we should sometimes.”

In addition to his punt-return duties, Peppers will play an integral role in UM’s secondary this season, whether it be as a starter or a nickel cornerback. Defensive coordinator Greg Mattison said a couple of weeks ago that Peppers wouldn’t just be handed a job; with game day a week away, the defensive back has done just that.

Peppers was a consensus five-star recruit, rated as the No. 1 corner and the No. 3 player at any position in the country. Peppers served as the highest-rated recruit UM has ever signed since the founding of Rivals‘ back in 2002. The previous high? Ryan Mallett as the No. 4 player in the Class of 2007.

Oh yeah, and as I said, he’s kind of a fast human being.

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9 Responses to “Jabrill Peppers, UM’s top 2014 signee, to be primary punt returner”
  1. jrs45 says: Aug 23, 2014 1:52 PM

    They made this decision over a night out dinner at cici’s pizza all you can eat buffet. They shouldn’t really be worrying about punt returns because they’ll be getting plenty more kickoff returns in there.

  2. derekgorgonstar says: Aug 23, 2014 2:01 PM

    Buckeye killer, just like Woodson.

  3. jrs45 says: Aug 23, 2014 2:09 PM

    Hopefully he’s the next Csont’e York.

  4. irishdodger says: Aug 23, 2014 2:42 PM

    He’ll take at least two punts to the house vs Notre Dame.

  5. brianincbus says: Aug 23, 2014 3:55 PM

    Flounder was eating at Golden Corral when he made this decision. scUM will be 8-4 or 9-3 at best, and will lose to tOSU.

  6. dumbpollack says: Aug 23, 2014 4:36 PM

    This guy may as well put Woodson on the back of his jersey. Are Mich fans this hard up? Never thought I’d say this but I pity them.

  7. tigersfandan says: Aug 23, 2014 6:07 PM

    jrs45 says:
    Aug 23, 2014 2:09 PM
    Hopefully he’s the next Csont’e York.

    Really? So, you want Peppers to sucker-punch an innocent person? I hope you were just trying — and failing — to be funny.

  8. seanb20124 says: Aug 23, 2014 8:23 PM

    Injury concerns should stop this experiment

  9. dkhhuey says: Aug 23, 2014 10:48 PM

    By all means – put your best player returning punts! Another brilliant idea by Flounder Hoke!

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