The Jabrill Peppers era at Michigan has been off to quite a rocky and disappointing start this fall. One of the top prized recruits in the Class of 2014, Peppers has had little impact on the Wolverines this season due to injury concerns. After initially being dropped from the depth chart, the status for one of Michigan’s top young talents remains in doubt without much clarity. Head coach Brady Hoke has been holding off on rushing Peppers back, and he has been waiting for the right time to make a final decision on what to do with Peppers for the remainder of the 2014 season. That decision might be made on Wednesday.
“Not today,” Hoke said during the weekly Big Ten coaches conference call. “Probably tomorrow when we get together.”
Hoke has not ruled out the possibility of Peppers returning to play this season, although this point in the year it would seem to be in the best interest to have the young defensive back sit the final few games on Michigan’s schedule.
The timing of this decision is important. If Peppers sits out the rest of the 2014 season he can secure a medical redshirt under NCAA guidelines, thus preserving a year of eligibility. Considering Peppers is just a freshman, and Michigan does not appear to be going anywhere fast, allowing extra time to properly heal up and have Peppers at 100 percent for the spring would seem to be the wise move for Hoke and the Wolverines.