Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh discusses the impact Jabrill Peppers played in Saturday's 45-28 win over Colorado.

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh discusses the impact Jabrill Peppers played in Saturday's 45-28 win over Colorado.

Jabrill Peppers had been waiting for his moment.

Countless times over the last three years, Peppers has been close to breaking a punt return touchdown.

Early in the fourth quarter of Michigan's 45-28 win over Colorado, Peppers quickly reeled in a short punt, sprinting and juking his way to a 54-yard touchdown return.

Defensively, Peppers racked up nine tackles including 3.5 tackles for loss and a key sack in the second half against the Buffaloes.

Following that standout performance, Peppers was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week, as well as the Special Teams Player of the Week in the conference.

"Special, special type of athlete and special type of football player," Jim Harbaugh said Monday. "We're really happy for his success this past game.

"He was our defensive player of the game, special teams player of the game and in the Big Ten, special teams player of the week and defensive player of the week and deservedly so. Rare, special."

Coaching several players versatile enough to play on both sides of the ball in his career, Harbaugh couldn't come up with a comparison for what Peppers brings to the table for Michigan.

"I can't think of another player like Jabrill, I know there's not another player that I've coached, like him," Harbaugh said. "The unique thing is all the positions he can play, you start counting them.

"Safety, corner, nickel, outside linebacker, slot receiver, wild cat quarterback, running back, kick returner, punt returner, gunner, holder. There's 11 or 12 right there and I know there's others he could do."


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