John Baxter Talks Returners, Team Identity

Special teams coordinator met with the media on Saturday and discussed his kick returners and team identity leading up to Thursday's game against Utah.


ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Jabrill Peppers is a player that is expected to wear many different kinds of hats during the 2015 season for Michigan.

You can lock him in as a defensive starter, throw in some possible offensive snaps for him and sprinkle in some special teams work as well. At the rate he’s potentially going, a breather on the sideline is the only time you won’t see him on the field.

According to special teams coordinator John Baxter, Peppers has what it takes to be good.

“Jabrill, as we all know, is a very talented football player,” Baxter said. “I always say talent is the raw material and technique is the finished product. Jabrill is one of those guys that, not only is he talented, but he works really hard. He works really hard to be good and to do the little things well. “

When asked if he is expected to field some kicks for U-M this season, Baxter said that he would though he did not specify whether it would be punts or kicks. He also added that he expects to see Dymonte Thomas and Jehu Chesson back there as well throughout the season.

Despite having an idea of what roles a handful of his players will have within the special teams, it doesn’t mean that U-M is a complete team.

Far from, Baxter said. And they will find out exactly what they are come Thursday when the Wolverines open the season against Utah.

“We are a work in progress right now,” Baxter said. “We’ve really worked hard with this football team, I mean coach Harbaugh has done unbelievable work with this team to have them be a team and really play hard. But we find out who we are when we play Thursday. Like I always say, adversity always introduces a man to himself. We will incur some and we will find out who we are and what we are as a team then.

“But, speaking to a work in progress, you’re going to see a lot of guys going in and out of these games because we’re trying to figure this team out.”


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