ANN ARBOR, Mich. — When No. 6 Michigan faces No. 11 Florida State in the Orange Bowl on Dec. 30 in Miami Gardens, Fla., plenty of NFL-caliber players will be on display at Hard Rock Stadium.
But who will make the biggest impact in the first meeting between the Wolverines (10-2) and the Seminoles (9-3) since 1991?
Jabrill Peppers, LB, Michigan
Peppers is the most multidimensional player in college football. At linebacker, he has 72 tackles, four sacks and eight quarterback hurries at linebacker. On special teams, he averages 26 yards on 10 kickoff returns and 14.8 yards on 21 punt returns. On offense, he has 167 yards and three touchdowns on 27 carries as well as two catches for three yards.
Wilton Speight, QB, Michigan
Speight isn’t flashy, but he’s consistent. In 11 games, the redshirt sophomore averages 215.9 yards a game, and had seven games in which he threw for more than 200 yards. Speight also has 17 touchdown completions.
Channing Stribling, CB, Michigan
Stribling teams with two-time All-American Jourdan Lewis in Michigan’s defensive backfield, and he has defended 16 passes this season, including four interceptions. Stribling has helped Michigan register the nation’s top pass defense (135.9 yards).
Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State
Cook, a junior and a unanimous All-American, is eighth in the nation in rushing yardage (1,620 yards on 268 carries) and led the Seminoles with 18 touchdowns. Cook also has 30 catches for 426 yards as well as a touchdown catch.
Deondre Francois, QB, Florida State
Francois is 226-for-373 passing for 3,128 yards and 18 touchdowns, and he was intercepted six times. He was named the Atlantic Coast Conference’s overall and offensive rookie of the year, and he had five games in which he threw for at least 300 yards.
DeMarcus Walker, DE, Florida State
Walker is tied for first in the nation in sacks (15, 1.25 a game) with Boston College’s Harold Landry and is the ACC’s defensive player of the year. Walker also has 64 tackles, including 17.5 for a loss of 124 yards, three forced fumbles, two pass breakups and four quarterback hurries.
Which player will have the biggest impact in the Orange Bowl?