ORLANDO, Fla. -- With his right hand in his pocket, Jabrill Peppers addressed the media today outside the Citrus Bowl Day For Kids event put on by the bowl, as he answered questions on whether he’ll play or not this Friday against Florida.
Peppers, who had been rumored with a hand injury this bowl season, kept his hand in his pocket the entirety of the interview, which was labeled a “hand issue” by university spokesman.
No details of the injury were disclosed. He gave no insight on whether he would play against Florida in the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl, however, U-M’s Mr. Do-it-all safety did acknowledge he would be ready this Friday -- if asked to play.
“You always expect to play,” Peppers said. “You always expect to play – that’s it. You always expect to play. No matter what you’re going to do, you always expect to play. … Be prepared that you’re expected to play.”
Adding: “I always expect to play.”
Well, then, maybe he’s hinting that he’ll be on the field. Either or, Peppers says he just wants to “play football” and not worry about the off the field distractions.
“I just want to play football,” Peppers said. “I really didn’t ask for all the stuff that comes with it. But that’s out of my control. Only thing I can control is what type of person I am and my play on and off the field.”
Playing Offense Moving Forward
Peppers started contributing on the offense side of the ball in Michigan’s 27-23 home loss against Michigan State, and has played six games offensively overall. He finished the season with eight catches for 79 yards receiving, while adding 72 yards on the ground with two rushing touchdowns.
So, does he want to continue playing more on the offensive side of the ball moving forward?
If he doesn’t, he’s not implying that he has an issue with it.
“I just do what my coaches ask me to do to the best of my ability,” Peppers said on playing offense. “One week they’ll ask me play this position, that position, that’s it.”Adding: “If that’s what’s best for the team, I’m a football player,” Peppers said. “I would like to think I can play any position beside the line. Whatever is best for the team. If they need to play more, I’ll play more.”