Peppers Expected to Play at ND

Will freshman CB Jabrill Peppers injured anklw be ready this Saturday at Notre Dame?

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Jabrill Peppers’ career is off to a spotty start.

Just one game into his career, the highly touted freshman injured his right ankle when a Appalachian State player rolled into his leg from the side midway through the first quarter last Saturday. Although Peppers was able to finish the first half after sitting out a series, the freshman cornerback didn’t come out in the second half due to receiving immediate treatment on his injured ankle, and continues to receive treatment this week, Michigan coach Brady Hoke says.

"He's been in there all morning getting treatment since we haven't started school yet,” Hoke said. “I made a decision at halftime because they could start treating it right then, not to come out in the second half. He would've been in a boot on the sideline. Why not start the treatment and the process of healing? We're excited and we will evaluate every day, but he is working hard to get better.”

Will Peppers be ready to suit up versus Notre Dame this Saturday night?

“I don't think it’ll be a question mark,” Hoke said. “ I think he will be ready to play."

Rated a five-star prospect out of Paramus (N.J.) Catholic, Peppers started at nickel and was Michigan’s No. 1 punt returner before leaving the game with his injury. He finished with two tackles.

Despite the injury, U-M defensive coordinator Greg Mattison came away “impressed” with how Peppers approached his first career college start as a Wolverine.

“It wasn’t too big for him,” Mattison said. “I was very impressed with that part of it. And you watch him early pregame and how he acts and all that. He was just how I thought he would be. The plays that he made, a couple of the tackles he made – that’s what I thought I would see. This guy plays very, very explosive. He’s going to bring it. So that was good.”

Mattison also chimed in on whether Peppers will play at ND.

“Jabrill is Jabrill,” Mattison said. “And he is part of the Michigan defense – so let’s go.”

Michigan (1-0) plays at No. 17 Notre Dame (1-0) this Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

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