B1G Players of the Week announced: Jabrill Peppers makes history
Jabrill Peppers played arguably his best collegiate game on Saturday. That’s saying a lot.
Without the dynamic sophomore, Michigan might’ve been in a rough spot against Colorado. But Peppers rallied the Wolverines in just about every way possible.
As a result, the B1G did something it’s never done before.
Peppers became the first player to ever win the B1G Defensive Player of the Week and B1G Special Teams Player of the Week awards in the same week. That’s the first time that’s happened since the B1G Special Teams Player of the Week honor was introduced in 1994.
Considering Peppers racked up nine tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, one sack, 180 return yards and one return touchdown, that shouldn’t be much of a surprise. The Paul Hornung Award watch list nominee might’ve put himself in the Heisman Trophy discussion with that kind of effort. He currently leads all of college football with 9.5 tackles for loss.
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Peppers actually shared the B1G Defensive Player of the Week honor with Ohio State’s Jerome Baker, who returned an interception for a touchdown in Ohio State’s beatdown of No. 14 Oklahoma. Baker also had seven tackles and 1.5 sacks to fuel the Buckeyes.
Baker’s teammate, Noah Brown, picked up the B1G Offensive Player of the Week honor for his school-record-tying four touchdown catches, three of which came in the first half. He made arguably the catch of the year in college football with a miraculous one-handed, behind the defender’s back grab. That marked Brown’s first weekly award.
Also earning his first weekly award was Nebraska punter Caleb Lightbourn, who picked up Freshman of the Week honors. The freshman booted an average of 47 yards per punt in the Huskers’ huge win against No. 22 Oregon. He dropped three of his punts inside the 20-yard line and sailed one for a career-high 58 yards.
Lightbourn took over for the late Sam Foltz, who died tragically in a car crash this offseason. If Lightbourn keeps it up, he’ll be on his way of keeping Foltz’s Punter of the Year award in the Nebraska family.