Woodson Has High Expectations For Peppers

Former U-M great, Charles Woodson, gives his thoughts on incoming freshman Jabrlll Peppers.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Jabrill Peppers and Charles Woodson have a lot in common. They both were prized recruits, they both chose Michigan and neither of them lack confidence on the football field.

And for now, that's a pretty good comparison considering all that Woodson has accomplished in his career.

The former Michigan great, who starred for the Wolverines from 1995-97, resume is nearly finished as he enters his 17th season in the NFL with the Oakland Raiders. His list of accolades includes winning 1997 Heisman, being named a All-Pro multiple times, 2009 NFL Defensive player of the year award and winning a Super Bowl with the Green Bay Packers, among others.

So, yeah, he's done a few things on the football field.

During Michigan's annual spring game held in April, Woodson had a chance to meet Peppers, and after their chat, he said he expects big things from the Paramus (N.J.) Catholic standout.

"You could just see the confidence spilling out of this guy's pores," Woodson said on his meeting with Peppers. "It was exciting for just to get chance share a little bit with him and meet with him. I'm looking for big things out of him. I really am. This is the guy, like I said, who has all the confidence in the world. And we need a guy like that on Michigan's team. I'm looking for him to come in there and make plays and get it done."

Woodson, who dealt with his own high expectations while at Michigan, says he doesn't think Peppers will succumb to the pressure of being a highly regarded player for the Wolverines.

"A guy who already sees himself as a guy who is going to great," Woodson said on Peppers, "anything that other people think about him is below what he feels of himself. So there (isn't) no pressure, when you know you can play and god willing you don't have any injuries, you go out here and just get it done."

Peppers career starts on Aug. 30, when Michigan opens its season versus Appalachian State.

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