Jabrill Peppers himself had zero expectations at winning the heisman trophy, felt that either Lamar Jackson or Deshaun Watson deserved it over him, and the other finalists.
Peppers finished the heisman voting in dead last of the finalists, 5th place.
As Michigan fans await to December 30th to watch the Wolverines battle it out against Florida State in Miami for the Orange Bowl; one thought comes to mind that involves curiously of Jabrill’s decision to either enter the draft, or stay at Michigan.
He has stated already that he has a “decision to make” when asked about the situation.
Michigan and Peppers falling short of a heisman trophy and a playoff berth, or even a Big Ten championship game berth; projected to be a top 10 NFL draft pick, redemption would have to run deep in order for the star linebacker to return to Michigan.
On Friday, Michigan’s heisman finalist, Jabrill Peppers, was asked about his chances at winning the heisman trophy on Saturday. As humble as ever, Peppers responded with a statement that will make you love him even more:
“Quite frankly, I don’t think I should (win), there are a lot of other guys here who are more qualified.”
He went onto say: “I’m just happy I’m here with the likes of the guys who are finalists. I’m going to enjoy every moment of it.”
The one reason behind the star linebacker’s presence in New York this weekend is far beyond his defensive efforts; it’s all about his versatility which allows him to return punts, kicks, and often enough, take offensive snaps.
Jabrill also stated that he wouldn’t even vote for himself if he had the chance: “I’d vote for either Lamar or Deshaun.”
Jabrill has been utilized at 15 different positions, and he played in 933 snaps this regular season for the #6 ranked Wolverines.
It was announced Tuesday evening that Michigan QB, Shane Morris, would now be seeking a graduate transfer, and has permission to talk to other schools.
Morris is a fourth-year junior and he will have a remaining year of eligibility.
Coming out of high school, the De LaSalle standout was ranked in the ESPNU 300, and was considered to be one of the better quarterbacks in his class.
Many would describe Shane Morris’ career at Michigan to be underwhelming considering the hype carried with him during the recruiting process.
Shane Morris will make an attempt to leave Michigan in order to put his name on the map outside of the Brady Hoke concussion situation back in 2014.
The final five heisman trophy finalists are as followed:
Lamar Jackson, QB (Louisville), Baker Mayfield, QB (Oklahoma), Jabrill Peppers, LB (Michigan), Deshaun Watson, QB (Clemson), and Dede Westbrook, WR (Oklahoma).
Peppers is a primarily defensive player who sees offensive touches nearly every game; similar to 1997 Michigan heisman winner, Charles Woodson.
If Peppers was awarded the heisman trophy, the star linebacker could add that to an already large list of awards received for his performances from the 2016 regular season.
Jabrill has a chance to become the 4th heisman trophy winner at Michigan.
The last wide receiver to win the award was Desmond Howard for Michigan in 1991.
According to multiple sports books, #6 Michigan has opened up as a 7.5-point favorite against #11 Florida State for the Orange Bowl.
Michigan finished the regular season with a 10-2 record, road losses to Iowa and #3 Ohio State. Both losses were handed to the Wolverines in November.
Florida State ended their campaign with a 9-3 record with losses to #2 Clemson, #13 Louisville, and North Carolina.
Michigan is 6-6 against the spread in 2016; while Florida State is 7-5 for this regular season against the spread, they are 2-2 in covering it in their last four bowl matchups.
Michigan delivered a rout to Florida in the Citrus Bowl on New Year’s Day this year, and looks to hand another Florida team a similar result.
On Sunday, it was announced that the #6 ranked Michigan Wolverines will head to Miami to take on the 11th ranked Seminoles of Florida State on December 30th.
This will be the first meeting between Jim Harbaugh, and Jimbo Fisher; the second post season meeting between Jim Harbaugh and a football team from Florida.
Jim Harbaugh will look to improve to an 11-2 record, and earn his 2nd bowl game victory at Michigan.
It’s all official; Michigan did not make the final four cut.
The top 6 is as followed: 1. Alabama 2. Clemson 3. Ohio State 4. Washington 5. Penn State 6. Michigan
Penn State jumped Michigan today after their win over Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship game Saturday night.
#6 Michigan still awaiting bowl announcement.