ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The Michigan-Ohio State game is known for its signature moments. And while there are plenty to rattle off in the history of the rivalry, one game in particular stands out above the rest in the eyes of U-M star multi-threat freshman Jabrill Peppers.
In fact, Peppers, who has stated before that he grew up a fan of the Wolverines, was asked if there was a particular moment where he knew he wanted to play in “The Game” growing up? And his answer, to no surprise, was quite detailed about another former Wolverine who many feel Peppers resembles on the football field, of cousre, he's talking about Charles Woodson's signature "Heisman" moment in U-M's 20-14 win against Ohio State in 1997.
“I was too young when it happened, but when you’re a fan you like to do your research, your history, you look up videos,” Peppers said. “It was when Charles Woodson (playing against OSU in ’97). He had the punt return. He had a catch, and he had a pick in the back of the end-zone. And after the game I just see him with the Rose in his mouth walking of and smiling. So that was a big moment I guess that made me want to come here, do the same thing, have the same feeling.”
Due to his performance, Woodson would go on to win the ’97 Heisman trophy, while leading Michigan to victory against Washington State, 21-16, in the '98 Rose Bowl, that would secure the 1997 AP National Championship for U-M.
So, yeah, it was a good moment to pick from Michigan’s past, and maybe Peppers can his moment this Saturday when No. 10 Michigan (9-2, 6-1 Big Ten) plays host to No. 8 Ohio State( 10-1, 6-1) at Noon ET.