Michigan secondary coach Greg Jackson says Minnesota's play pass game is something to be alert for.

Michigan secondary coach Greg Jackson says he's pleased with the way his group has bounced back after loss to Michigan State, aware of Minnesota's capabilities.

Michigan junior safety Dymonte Thomas spoke about it on Monday, the difficulty of learning multiple positions coupled with the ability to improve at all of them on the fly.

As challenging as that task is and has been in Thomas' career as a Wolverine, that makes what sophomore defensive back Jabrill Peppers is doing even more impressive.

Starting in Michigan's secondary, as well as kick and punt return, Peppers made his move to offense for the first time this season in the 27-23 loss to Michigan State.

While Peppers' versatility is clearly an asset for Michigan with Jim Harbaugh open to continued snaps offensively, the Wolverines will need No. 5 in the secondary heading into a prime time test at Minnesota Saturday night.

"They have No. 9 and No. 1 which are real flashy receivers," secondary coach Greg Jackson said. "The guys know how to get open, they have really good speed, so it's going to be a challenge for us on the outside."

K.J. Maye, Drew Wolitarsky and Eric Carter are the Gophers top three receivers, each with at least 21 receptions this season.

Fortunately for Michigan, the secondary has been up to the challenge in the passing game thus far this season.

Minnesota senior quarterback Mitch Leidner presents a different challenge for the Wolverines though. Leidner is completing just shy of 60-percent of his passes, averaging 187-yards through the air.

"He's a good quarterback," Jackson said. "He manages the game real well. Not flashy because of the knee injury he had, probably not the same but we're still on the alert for him for running the football.

"He's a good solid quarterback, somme good receivers and a good tight end No. 86 who can stretch the field."

Ready to provide support in the running game, Jackson believes that's exactly how Minnesota plans to start.

"One of the things we're going to have to be alert for is a lot of boot and play passes for these guys," Jackson said. "One thing we have to do is stopping the running game first because once their running game gets going that's when everything else opens up."

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