Jabrill Peppers was a somewhat surprising name to make the list of Heisman invites back in December. He didn’t win, but I think the Cleveland Browns draft pick is fine and an amazing athlete. It cannot be ignored that he pops because he’s a jack of all trades and not a master of one. He was in the forefront of the voter’s mind because he did what former Michigan corner Charles Woodson did, which is play all over the field in different positions.
But when you do this (and this part is just in one game, mind you), it’s going to capture folks’ attention:
How did Jabrill Peppers stay busy? (ICYMI)
LB 42 plays
Wildcat QB 6
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So let’s take a look at the different ways Michigan used Peppers, at nearly a dozen different spots on the field.
The longest run of his season was a 63-yard zone-read from the wildcat.
The best part about this? It’s a semi-busted play. I’m not sure who messed it up, and Peppers ends up essentially faking this play to nobody.
2. Running back
He doesn’t carry the ball on this particular play, but he lines up in the backfield on the kneeldown. So why show this play? Because he does a damn backflip. Just look at it, because it’s cool.
But besides gymnastics, Peppers broke Harbaugh’s playcalling calculus in a practice earlier this season.
“We put a different play in with him yesterday in practice. Then he got it in the meeting and he left, went back to the defensive meeting and came out to practice," Harbaugh said Thursday on 97.1-FM. “He was a running back and his assignment was to block. But he blocked and then he went out for a route. He got his blocking assignment done and then he continued out into a route. We threw it to him, which was not the design, but from now on — and we’ve been running this play for 10 years — (it will be).
“In 10 years, we’ve never had a back who got his blocking assignment done (on that play) and got into the route at the same time and he did it the first time like that was the way the play should’ve been run for the last 10 years. That’s the kind of stuff he does. It breaks the mold darn near every time he does something."
Michigan used Peppers in an H-back capacity to get him the ball with a running start. It’s about speed in space.
Source: SB Nation