The Walter Camp Foundation on Thursday released its “15 players to watch” for its 2016 Player of the Year Award, and the Big Ten had three players make the cut.
Michigan junior LB/RB/KR Jabrill Peppers, Ohio State junior QB J.T. Barrett and Buckeyes junior LB Raekwon McMillan are all still in consideration for college football’s fourth-oldest award, which is voted on by 128 FBS coaches and sports information directors.
The award nominations are piling up for Peppers. He became a finalist for two other awards on Thursday morning alone. Peppers is widely considered one of the best defensive players — as well as one of the most versatile players — in the nation.
Jabrill Peppers is also a semifinalist for the @WalterCampFF Player of the Year award!
— Michigan Football (@UMichFootball) November 17, 2016
The do-it-all Peppers has 59 total tackles, 14 tackles for loss, 4 sacks and a forced fumble. He also recovered a fumble on a 2-point conversion and returned it for 2 points to close out the Wolverines’ 32-23 win over Michigan State on Oct. 29. On offense, he has 21 carries for 161 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Barrett and McMillan are the leaders of Ohio State’s offense and defense, respectively, and have been instrumental in the Buckeyes’ rise to No. 2 in the College Football Playoff rankings.
Barrett has completed 64.7 percent (189 of 292) of his passes for 2,218 yards, 23 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. He’s also rushed for 617 yards and 8 touchdowns on 140 carries.
McMillan leads the Buckeyes with 64 total tackles (29 solo) and has 4.5 tackles for loss, 2 forced fumbles and 1 sack.
Ohio State and Alabama are the only schools with multiple players on the list.