Paul Finebaum will never be mistaken for a Jim Harbaugh or Michigan fan.
Last month he called Wolverines supporters a “whiny and sniveling bunch” on ‘The Paul Finebaum Show” last month, and has never been shy about his annoyance with Harbaugh, Michigan’s head coach.
But Finebaum apparently knows greatness when he sees it, and thinks Wolverines star Jabrill Peppers has a chance to win the Heisman. On Wednesday, he even explained how he thinks the do-everything Peppers can do it.
Finebaum said huge games against Michigan State and Ohio State would give Peppers the momentum he needs to gain support across the country. The key is to have Ohio State QB J.T. Barrett lose support, as it’s possible (or even likely) Barrett and Peppers split votes from Heisman voters from the middle of the country.
“I think (Peppers) does have a chance. If he has a big game against Michigan State and a monster game and a win against Ohio State — he still has the Big Ten championship (game) if that happens — then I think he could be the beneficiary of a split vote. You have J.T. Barrett who could maybe go the wrong way if Ohio State loses, you have (Louisville QB) Lamar Jackson, you have (Clemson QB) Deshaun Watson . . . I think he could win if he has the momentum going from November into early December.”
Desmond Howard, who won the Heisman Trophy for Michigan back in 1991, said Peppers should just keep doing what he’s doing, as the Wolverines have huge games still to come that give him the stage needed to impress voters nationally.
Howard also said Peppers is a once-in-a-generation talent.
“When you watch him on the field, you understand that you’re watching something that doesn’t come around often. It’s like that Barry Sanders-type talent. Those guys only come around once every generation,” Howard said.
This much is clear: Jabrill Peppers is definitely in the Heisman race.
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It didn't count.
Again, it didn't count.
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