Durkin Takes Notice of Peppers

Defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin discusses his early thoughts on Jabrill Pepper in spring camp.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- High expectations have followed redshirt freshman Jabrill Peppers since his first day on Michigan’s campus.

The highly touted defensive back out of Paramus (N.J.) Catholic has been penciled in as a starter since day one as a Wolverine.

However, his first season at U-M didn’t go according to plan. He played in three games, making one start and finished with six tackles, before missing the remainder of his season due to a leg injury.

But with a new season, brings new hope. And Peppers, who was recently awarded his medical redshirt, is already catching the notice of his new defensive coordinator -- D.J. Durkin -- in spring camp.

Durkin, who recruited Peppers when he was the defensive coordinator at Florida,says he’s very familiar with the former five-stars overall game. Although Durking admits he doesn't want to make a quick judgment before he gets Peppers in pads.

“Jabrill is a high energy guy,” Durkin said. “He’s very talented . He’s explosive. He’s sudden. He’s all the things you want him to be. Like what I said when he gets the pads on we’ll see how he fits all that.

“I think we have high expectations for Jabrill,” Durkin said. “And mostly, Jabrill has high expectations for himself. Anytime those things mesh together -- I think it’s a good combination.”

At 6-foot-1, 205-pounds, Peppers is physical enough to play safety and fast enough to play corner. He has been adamant this off-season on his desire to make the official switch to safety, after coming to Michigan as a highly touted cornerback.

While his position change is likely, Durkin says Peppers won’t just line up at one position during spring camp.

“We’ll move him around,” Durkin said. “We’re again, going to find the best fit and the best fit for everyone. He’ll play several spots.”

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