Michigan star Jabrill Peppers can do it all, no matter where he’s lined up on the field.
Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst is well aware of that, which is why Chryst said Peppers is “the best player in college football right now.”
Here’s Chryst on Peppers during Monday’s press conference:
He’s a really — he’s a special football player. There’s two things when I think of him. One is, there aren’t a lot of players that can impact the game in all three phases like he does. And then when you watch him some more, he does a lot of the little things that are kind of reserved for when you specialize. That’s what’s impressive, his knowledge and awareness of the game — clearly as an athlete he’s special. But I think the football part of him, the understanding, that’s what, to me, really makes him…he’s gotta be the best player in college football right now. As far as football and doing everything.
Chryst starts talking about Peppers starting about 4:30:
It’s hard to argue with Chryst. Peppers was the first player to win the Big Ten’s Defensive and Special Teams Player of the Week awards for one game, when he picked up the honor against Colorado. He returned a punt for a score to grab Special Teams Player of the Week honors.
— Michigan Football (@UMichFootball) September 20, 2016
Peppers’ statistics back up Chryst’s thinking, too:
- Defense: 33 total tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, 5 quarterback hurries and a forced fumble
- Offense: 24 rushing yards
- Special teams: 227 punt return yards (22.7 average) with one TD.