It had been widely assumed that Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson was a lock as a Heisman Trophy Finalist given the distance he had put between himself and the chasing pack by the midpoint of the 2016 season.
As the year has gone on, however, there has been a select group of players who have raised their own games to become legitimate candidates for the biggest individual trophy awarded in college football. One of those players who has excelled in every phase of the game is Michigan LB Jabrill Peppers.
The first thing that is noticeable when checking out this Peppers highlight video is just how versatile he is as a player. This is extremely important when it comes to his chances of lifting the Heisman Trophy as in the 80-year history of the award there have only been seven winners not listed as playing at quarterback, running back, or wide receiver. In truth that uniformity has only increased over recent years as a quarterback has lifted the trophy all but twice since the year 2000.
Peppers though completely defies the stereotype of being bound to a position. This all began in the off-season when the former five-star cornerback recruit was shifted to linebacker to make the Wolverines quicker on defense. In this video you see Peppers making plays from his SAM linebacker spot, but he is also a factor on offense and, especially, on special teams.
What Peppers really does is bring excitement to the field. Whenever a Michigan game is on television you find yourself scanning the field for No. 5, waiting to see how he is going to change the game on any given play. It is both predictable and unpredictable as you know Peppers is going to do something special, you just don't know what or when. It is that unpredictability that makes peppers a special player, one that is deserving of Heisman Trophy recognition.
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