ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Jabrill Peppers is his own worst critic.
Despite playing his first full game of collegiate football at Michigan -- barely leaving the field – Peppers finished with eight tackles and two tackles for loss, but yet he still wasn’t satisfied with his performance in U-M’s 24-17 loss at Utah.
“We definitely didn’t execute well,” Peppers said. “We definitely didn’t tackle well. I think my problem was trying to make that big play without being patient. Losing a little focus on my technique and eye discipline. So it’s all correctable things. We just learn from the tape.
“It was my first official game playing the whole game. It happened to be on the road against a good Utah team. Just take it on the chin, learn from it and learn from the constructive criticism you receive from your coaches, and just get better with attention to detail, and go out next week and play with a chip on our shoulder.”
Peppers, who missed last season due to a lingering ankle injury, played in his fourth career game at Michigan at Utah, and is currently listed as a redshirt freshman.
“It definitely has been a while,” Peppers said of playing again. “Coming from only playing the first half of the Appalachian State game last year. Then the injuries, then Miami of Ohio, playing sparingly, and Utah only playing sparingly -- It was definitely a great feeling to get back out there for a full game. Just get the full tempo of what a college game is like.”
What will Peppers do differently next time on the field? Well, for starters, trust his entire skill-set, he says.
“Once I started to settle in and be patient, reading my keys, trust the technique, that’s something they are always telling me,” Peppers said. “Sometimes I think my speed and athleticism would make that play for me, when I should use both in terms of in using my technique and then allowing my speed or allow my quickness to make the play for me.”