CHICAGO – On Monday, Michigan's Jim Harbaugh said his star defender Jabrill Peppers had elite athleticism that you can only find in the NFL. And, well, his top cover corner Jourdan Lewis couldn’t help but agree with his head coaches’ opinion.
“That’s not even a question, honestly,” Lewis said to a group of reporters at Big Ten Media Days.
“If you look at it, you look at how big he is, he’s 210 (pounds) right now and is running a 4.3 (forty). He can probably jump out of this world, chase anybody down, I mean, he runs the ball, tackles the ball, I mean, cover (the ball). If you want to look at a world class athlete -- you can look at him.”
In 2015 as a redshirt freshman, Peppers lined up at safety, cornerback, nickel, running back and quarterback, just to name a few, which led to him winning the Big Ten freshman of the year honors for his play and he was also named to the All-Big Ten First Team both the coaches and media alike.
And heading into this season, the 6-foot-1, 210-pounder is expected to lineup as a hybrid linebacker in Don Brown’s defensive scheme. So, yeah, Peppers is truly dynamic to say the least.
That being said, does Lewis ever get impressed by how athletic Peppers can be on the field?
“I mean there is a bunch a players on the team like that, I would say he headlines that,” Lewis admits. "You can say ‘wow, how do you do that in practice?’ He’s chasing down some of the fastest guys and they got a good 30 yards on him and he never gives up. I think that’s what adds to his athleticism -- his competitiveness.”
No one is arguing there.
Michigan opens its season with Hawaii on Sept. 3.