ESPN named Michigan's Jabrill Peppers as the nation's best player not named Lamar Jackson.
Louisville's Lamar Jackson is more or less a shoe-in as the Heisman Trophy winner this year. The competition isn't even close, despite the Cardinals dropping the last two games of the season. In light of Jackson's dominance, ESPN released player of the year rankings today—and took Lamar Jackson out of the equation.
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Peppers has been Michigan's workhorse this year on both sides of the ball, playing everything from linebacker to quarterback. He's tallied 67 tackles on the year, along with four sacks and an interception. On offense he's rushed for 167 yards and three touchdowns. Peppers has also returned a punt back for a score as well.
While he doesn't post the gaudy stats of say, Oklahoma WR Dede Westbrook or Washington QB Jake Browning, his versatility clearly weighed heavily in the decision-making.