Jan 2, 2014; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Team Nitro cornerback Jabrill Peppers (5) runs with the ball during a punt during the second half at Tropicana Field. Team Highlight defeated the Team Nitro 31-21. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Big Ten Football news: Jabrill Peppers to be primary Michigan punt returner

The Michigan Wolverines, like them or not, are in possession this season of one of the biggest play makers of the entire freshman class in Jabrill Peppers. Head coach Brady Hoke has already noted that the youngster will see some significant time on the defensive side of the ball in the secondary, and now his responsibilities have been added to.

With one week to go until the season gets underway, Hoke announced that Peppers will be the primary punt returner on special teams for the Wolverines, beginning next weekend when they take the field against Appalachian State.

That’ll be Jabrill,” the head coach said when asked about the job of returning punts. “I think, No. 1, we’re putting a lot of our best guys on the field. I think that’s a plus. I think we’ve had some (punt returners) in the last three years that have been decent, and sometimes maybe we haven’t fielded the ball as well as we should sometimes.”

Now of course, just a freshman, we don’t know yet just how effective Peppers will be when he steps on the field. But if he is anything close to the hype that he’s been receiving, the Wolverines have a dangerous one on their hands.

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