With all of the positions he plays and how he plays them, Michigan’s Jabrill Peppers could, and probably will be a finalist for a number of trophies this year.
On Thursday, he received good news about one of them.
Peppers was named as a finalist for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy for Defensive Player of the Year.
— Michigan Football (@UMichFootball) November 17, 2016
The linebacker — who can also play defensive back, running back, receiver, and punt/kick returner — is second on his team with 59 total tackles, first with 14 tackles for a loss and also has four sacks and a forced fumble.
He’s been instrumental in the Wolverines’ defense holding opponents to just 11 points per game, 113.1 rushing yards per game and 131.6 passing yards per game.
He’s also contributed on offense, with 21 carries for 170 yards and three touchdowns and also has two catches.
As a punt returner, Peppers has taken 16 kicks an averaged of 17.2 yards with one touchdown and on kick returns, he’s averaging 24.8 yards on eight returns with a long of 55 yards.
Here’s the full list of finalists:
Defensive end Jonathan Allen, Alabama
Linebacker Ruben Foster, Alabama
Defensive back Tavarus McFadden, Florida State
Linebacker Jabrill Peppers, Michigan
Defensive lineman Christian Wilkins, Clemson