As expected; do-everything Michigan star linebacker Jabrill Peppers finished his redshirt sophomore regular season with an award, or two…or three to be exact.
Peppers earned three individual awards: the Nagurski-Woodson defensive player of the year, the Rodgers-Dwight Return Specialist of the year, and the Butkus-Fitzgerald linebacker of the year award.
“It definitely means a lot, I definitely put the work in and it’s great to be rewarded,” Peppers on his Big Ten Network broadcast interview Tuesday night. The redshirt sophomore is the first player to win three individual awards all in one season in Big Ten history.
Peppers accounted for 72 tackles, 16 for loss, and 4 sacks. Tied for second leading tackler for Michigan. The linebacker recorded his first collegiate INT against the Buckeyes last Saturday. He led the Big Ten in punt return yards per attempt at 14.8, and third in kickoff yardage per game at 26.
The Wolverine superstar was also named one of five finalists for the Walter Camp Player of the Year award. Along with quarterbacks: Jake Browning (Washington), Lamar Jackson (Louisville), Deshaun Watson (Clemson), and defensive lineman Jonathan Allen (Alabama).
Jabrill was far from being the only one to receive all conference honors for the Michigan defensive unit, as you will see in the graphic below per @CoachJim4UM on twitter:
Michigan will prepare for the chips to fall where they will fall in the following weekend as they can only hope for a Colorado win in the PAC 12 championship game over Washington, and a Virginia Tech win over Clemson in the ACC championship in order to open up the playoff door for the Wolverines.