Michigan sophomore do it all athlete Jabrill Peppers discusses his role in Saturday's win over Rutgers.

Michigan sophomore do it all athlete Jabrill Peppers discusses his role in Saturday's win over Rutgers.

Jabrill Peppers received a bit of a break Saturday -- sort of.

Normally waiting patiently on the goal line for the opposing team on kick returns, Michigan junior cornerback Jourdan Lewis took over those duties in the Wolverines 49-16 win over Rutgers.

Despite the change, Peppers still managed to impact the game in all three phases as usual, and for the second straight week the talented sophomore scored a touchdown on a play that appeared destined for a loss.

"I saw I had a lane, I just had to make one guy miss, put a move on him and the blocks were excellent and I just got into the end zone," Peppers said about the play afterward.

The result was an 18-yard touchdown from Jake Rudock, technically ruled a rushing score.

Catching the bubble screen to the outside, Peppers made one cut and burst up field slithering through Scarlet Knight defenders before running away from everyone.

At the tail end of it, Peppers high stepped his way into the end zone, a move he thought his coach Jim Harbaugh might yell at him for. Instead, Harbaugh gave Peppers a surprise.

"He complimented me and I was just shocked," Peppers said. "Especially hearing it from him all the guys that he coached, all the guys he put in the league so it definitely makes you feel good."

In the post game, Harbaugh went on and on about Peppers' touchdown, noting he knew No. 5 was talented but didn't realize there was another bar for him to climb on the ladder, taking his play to another level.

"I told him, 'you're really, really good,'" Harbaugh said.

And although Peppers plays with the confidence coaches dream of, after the win over Rutgers the New Jersey native was asked if he believed what his coach was preaching to him.

"I think I'm pretty talented," he said. "I think I still have a lot of work to do and a ways to go."

"That definitely made me feel good, absolutely," Peppers added.

Leading up to Saturday's tilt with Rutgers, Peppers actually dealt with an injury suffered just hours before kickoff.

Regardless, Peppers was able to account for six tackles, including one tackle for loss, just 11-yards offensively but an even greater impact as a decoy for the Wolverines.

Not bad for a guy dealing with a lingering injury.

"I actually got banged up the Friday practice, me and Jeremy Clark collided into each other," Peppers said.

"But I got treatment on it, Paul Schmidt and the gang did a great job with me. It was bothering me but it wasn't nothing I couldn't push through."


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