The Michigan Wolverines are in possession of one of the biggest freshman wild cards this season in top recruit Jabrill Peppers. This young man is expected to cement a legacy for himself in the Wolverines’ secondary, however he will also be contributing in the special teams department as well.
Michigan coach Brady Hoke noted recently that Peppers will indeed be the primary punt returner for the team this season.
“That’ll be Jabrill,” Hoke said. “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.
“We want improvement (across the board on special teams).”
Well if anyone has the potential to improve the special teams, it’s Peppers. And to think that Hoke was lying when he said that the special teams need improvement, the Wolverines have not returned a punt for a touchdown since all the way back in the 2008 season.
Fellow Wolverines corner Jourdan Lewis also stated that Peppers seems comfortable back there fielding the punts.
“(Peppers) seems really comfortable back there when he’s back there,” said Michigan corner Jourdan Lewis, who also gets reps returning punts. “It’d be great if he’s back there.”
If Peppers is as good as he has been advertised, then that punt return for touchdown drought will end at some point this season.