Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh doesn’t always answer injury questions with a clear, definitive statement. Sometimes, he leaves things to the imagination. However, when asked about the status of star safety Jabrill Peppers, Harbaugh replied with the closest thing to an injury-related yes that you’re ever going to hear.
According to Mark Snyder of the Detroit Free Press, Harbaugh addressed questions about Peppers’ hand, which was spotted in a soft cast by members of the Michigan Daily. The student-ran paper had several student sources confirm that Peppers’ hand was indeed in some type of cast.
— Mark Snyder (@Mark__Snyder) December 12, 2015
According to Snyder, Harbaugh said “we’ll see” when asked if Peppers would play in the Citrus Bowl versus the Florida Gators.
As a redshirt freshman, Peppers took the Wolverines’ level of explosiveness to familiar heights–ones reached by former do-all star Charles Woodson back in the mid-to-late 1990s.
A defensive back by trade, Peppers has evolved into a Woodson-type threat. Whether by offense, defense or special teams, Peppers, a 6’1,” 205-pound former 5-star recruit, is a threat to score each time he touches the ball.
Peppers was a 2015 Jim Thorpe Award and Paul Hornung Award candidate. The The Thorpe, given to the nation’s top DB, was awarded to Desmond King of Iowa. The Hornung, which goes to versatile playmakers, was handed over to Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey.
Peppers earned first-team All-Big Ten honors as a safety and was named a second-team All-American by Sports Illustrated.