Jabrill Peppers is one of the most highly touted players in the incoming freshman class. Any Michigan cornerback is going to feel pressure in living up to the legacy of Wolverine legend Charles Woodson, but that pressure is unique for Peppers in that Woodson has made some light comparisons himself. To Peppers credit, he’s remaining humble through it all, and doesn’t seem too worried about trying to replicate what Woodson, an all-time great college corner, achieved at Michigan. He wrote about it in his latest blog for USA Today:
I’m not going into Michigan thinking about expectations or worrying about doing certain things to live up to expectations. I know there’s a huge transition from high school to college and I’m just going in focusing on learning the defensive schemes. Once you understand the schemes and the plays you can just play without worrying about making a mistake.
I’m not trying to go in there to be the next Charles Woodson. It’s a nice comparison, but, at the end of the day, that’s Charles. That’s one of the best college football players ever. I haven’t done anything yet.
I just want to be the best Jabrill I can be. I’m focused on that. I’m not nervous, I’m not overthinking it, I’m just ready. I’ve worked my whole life for this; how can you be nervous for something you worked your whole life for?
That’s all well and good, but it’s hard to blame people for getting excited when Peppers shows or discusses his rare speed.
Y’all already know I’m working on staying lean and getting my 40-time down even more. Coming into my junior year I was running a 4.41 then I ran a 4.38, but most recently I ran a 4.32 so I’m getting better.
Asking Peppers to start right away might be a stretch, but there’s little doubt that he’ll find some role on the team as a true freshman.