Brady Hoke Says Plan to Start Jabrill Peppers at Nickelback 'Hasn't Changed'

By DJ Byrnes on July 28, 2014 at 11:44a
Peppers shows his progress in a mere four weeks.

Brady Hoke had some astute things to say today — like a team can't go undefeated without winning its first game — but he also stated the plan is to start Jabrill Peppers, a former five-star prospect (and crown jewel of their 2014 class) at nickelback.

Peppers certainly looks ready for the part.

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Hovenaut's picture

This is how you remind me?

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LouBuck35's picture


I want a fall Saturday in Ohio Stadium..

Killer nuts's picture

We'll get to see early if he lives up to the hype

Byaaaahhh's picture

Nickelback in addition to DE, DT, RB, TE, WR, and QB in case Gardner goes down, right?

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M Man's picture

You forgot "Kick return."  And "Punt return."  I think that covers it.

Seriously, this is a bit of thing.  For reasons that I don't understand, Brady Hoke has a thing about Freshmen on special teams.  He loves to put the Frosh out with those teams.  Michigan's main kick returner has been Dennis Norfleet, who might finally land more of a role on offense after they had him dabbling as a defensive back(?!) in the days of a depleted secondary.  Michigan rolled in about four different punt returners last year (Drew Dileo was my personal favorite), but none of them had a breakout game there.

Here's my one and only reckless Jabrill Peppers claim: he will get his first big exposure as a return man.

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Squirrel Master's picture

not much has concerned me about UM these past couple of years, but Peppers is someone to be concerned with. He could have a Charles Woodson type of impact. Maybe not this year, but some day he will.

of course I would like to compare Peppers and Vonn Bell someday. I think, and hope, it will be quite the conversation. Couldn't imagine what a secondary would have looked like with both of them on the same team. man!

I saw a UFO told me to have a goodyear!

FROMTHE18's picture

Peppers is awesome, but he won't win them ball games single-handedly. I think he will be a tough player to go against but nobody to be that scared of, we have athletes that are comparable. 

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Squirrel Master's picture

Hey, I said concerned. Nobody said anything about being SCARED!

I saw a UFO told me to have a goodyear!

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M Man's picture

They have released official weights/measures for the 2014 team roster.  (And they appear to have given Charles Woodson's #2 to senior CB Blake Countess.)

Anyway, our returning/upperclassman cornerbacks are running 170, 174, 180, 184 lbs.

Dymonte Thomas is 193.  Senior safety Jarrod Wilson is 205.

The freshman Peppers is 202.  At probably a shade under 6'0".  (Roster says he is 6'1", which absolutely nobody believes.)

Woodshed's picture

Peppers is 5'10" if that. There was a pic of him from earlier this summer standing next to a couple players (one was Damon Webb) and he was clearly shorter than Webb by at least 2". (and webb is listed at 5'11" on most sites)

Edit: Found it

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InTressITrust's picture
This would be a truly elite secondary

"I'm not going to lie. We're anxious to be a part of a matchup like that. It's two states that love the game of football." -Jim Tressel

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buckeyesean's picture

Looks like Peppers may be the anti-Derrick Green in how he's approached his entrance into TTUN.  Good for them, they need guys like him to lead and become relevant again.  Hope he is the start of TTUN making the rivalry a little more fun (not saying last year's game wasn't fun, but you know what I am saying).

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AndyVance's picture

Wow, what is that guy, like 5% bodyfat? Yikes is he ripped.

Chief B1G Dump's picture

If that is all natural, then holy guacamole, dude is yolked. 

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YTOWNBUCKI's picture

I wish I was 18 again.

Ten years and lots of beers pretty much assured I can't look like that ever again.

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Go get your shine box, Gumar!

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Nick's picture

It's never too late

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Jbucks's picture

you see 5% Fat there? that dude is RIPPED!!!! lol think of all the jokes that we can come up with when X-Brax breaks his ankles in the open field or EZE going all purdue on him only this time EZE will be crossing the goal line afterwards!!!

Light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it-John 1:5 SEC meet Ohio State, Ohio State meet SEC

rjsmitty's picture

It took him 4 weeks to learn how to flex? They have an uphill battle on their hands with this one!! #JACKED

"I don't wanna coach average! To hell with that!"  -UFM

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Furious George 27's picture

Looks like he needs some "Ooops I crapped my pants" adult diapers.

Yeah, well…that’s just like, your opinion, man.

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Codeezy's picture

"Thanks 'Oops I Crapped My Pants'!"

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CCatanzaro's picture

Hey, how do you know so much about "Oops, I Crapped My Pants"?

Dairy-fed intellect and pure, unhinged sass.


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HYDEYOKIDS's picture

Well I'm wearing them...and I just did.

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Poison nuts's picture

"That's a lot of dung!"

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

AlwayzABuckeye614's picture

Not worried, we got guys looking like that now on our team. Brax is gonna juke him out of his shoes!

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Chip's picture

Not that it matters, but who on our team looks like that?

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Right Again's picture
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Chief B1G Dump's picture

I was cleaning the house on Saturday and they had some camp practice of from last years UA game (I think that was the game?). I was just watching in passing but happened to catch some receiver out of Fla (the #3 or #4 ranked WR) burn Gerbil Peppers like 3 times in a row. I thought to myself, he's human and better get used to that. 

Then I see this. This dude looks like iRobot where he just has titanium exoskeleton under human skin. It's too bad for Peppers that his other 10 defenders are going to be garbage. 

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KingKosar's picture

If it's under the human skin, wouldn't that make it an endoskeleton?

Geez, come on man!   ;-)

sivaDavis's picture

Christ... I need to go do some sit ups.

"I've had smarter people around me all my life, but I haven't run into one yet that can outwork me. And if they can't outwork you, then smarts aren't going to do them much good." - Woody Hayes

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buckeyes7222's picture

Does Peppers even lift, bro?

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InTressITrust's picture

"He looks like he only worked out 3 times in his life" -Taylor Lewan (from his interrogation video)

"I'm not going to lie. We're anxious to be a part of a matchup like that. It's two states that love the game of football." -Jim Tressel

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Texasbucksfan's picture

He appears to be the next coming of Adrian Peterson.  

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Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Kate Upton pictures are unacceptable, but shirtless pictures of a freshman, and Bert are? Not fair. :/

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

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bedheadjc's picture

Man nipples = Ok

Kate nipples = Not Ok

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Buckeyevstheworld's picture

What a sick world we live in. :(

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

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GlueFingers Lavelli's picture

Brady Hoke Says Plan to Start listen to Nickelback with Jabrill Peppers at Nickelback 'Hasn't Changed'

Dustin Fox was our leading tackler as a corner.... because his guy always caught the ball.

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CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

The dude is ripped and if he weighs 200 pounds then that's a pretty solid DB.  Looks like he's been working it hard in the weight room.  Got to give him props for that.

Buckeye players need to take notice and use as fuel to train even harder for the upcoming season. 

Go Bucks!!

Groveport Heisman's picture

So nobody else noticed that some of his ink work got touched up and was a bit darker? Hmmmmmmmmmm

Mark my words..I don't need acceptance. I'm catching interceptions on you innocent pedestrians.

southernstatesbuckeye's picture

Hey, he doesn't just have a six pack.  I clearly see an eight pack.

Two free beers!  Woo hoo!

I like cookies.