Michigan’s Heisman finalist Jabrill Peppers will not play in the Orange Bowl.
Following Michigan Radio reporting Peppers won’t play against Florida State in Friday night’s game, Michigan’s official Twitter account confirmed the news.
Peppers suffered an injury in practice leading up to the Orange Bowl.
Jabrill Peppers sustained an injury during practice and will not play in tonight’s game. #GoBlue
— Michigan Football (@UMichFootball) December 31, 2016
Sam Webb of TheMichiganInsider.com shared a video that showed Peppers having a problem with his left hamstring during warmups.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Peppers’ situation is not like Christian McCaffrey or Leonard Fournette. The Stanford and LSU stars didn’t play in their bowl games so they could focus on the NFL Draft. Schefter reports that Peppers wanted and planned to play, but the injury forced him out of action.
Those who know Jabril Peppers say this "is not a McCaffrey or Fournette situation, he wanted to and planned on playing." But can't.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 31, 2016
From down on the field… Jabrill Peppers pic.twitter.com/EhZmwO0ung
— Sam Webb (@SamWebb77) December 31, 2016
Michigan Radio says Peppers had an "injury sustained in practice."
— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) December 31, 2016
JUST IN: Jabrill Peppers will not play in the Orange Bowl tonight against Florida State.
— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) December 31, 2016
Peppers’ season statistics:
- 167 rushing yards, 3 TDs
- 2 catches, 3 yards
- 310 punt return yards, TD
- 260 kick return yards
- 72 total tackles, 16 tackles for loss, 4 sacks, 1 INT
Peppers finished fifth in the Heisman Trophy voting.
The star also missed the Citrus Bowl win against Florida last season because of a hand injury.
Michigan will be without Jabrill Peppers (hamstring) tonight – will miss his second bowl game
— Rachel Lenzi (@RLenziCMG) December 31, 2016