Paul Chryst: Jabrill Peppers is the best player in college football
There are some people who feel that Jabrill Peppers is overrated.
The doubters point to the fact that Peppers is still without his first collegiate interception and he doesn’t have a defensive touchdown. They argue that Peppers isn’t worth the All-American hype that he gets.
Paul Chryst is certainly not one of those doubters.
The Wisconsin coach hasn’t faced the Michigan sophomore yet, but he’ll get his first look of Peppers when the Badgers travel to Ann Arbor on Saturday.
How good is the three-way weapon? He’s the best player in college football, according to Chryst:
#Badgers coach Paul Chryst on Michigan's Jabril Peppers: He is the best player in college football.
— Jeff Potrykus (@jaypo1961) September 26, 2016
Chryst on Jabrill Peppers: He's a special player. There aren't a lot of players that can impact the game in all 3 phases like he does.
— Benjamin Worgull (@TheBadgerNation) September 26, 2016
It’s becoming increasingly difficult to argue with that claim.
Peppers became the first player to ever win both B1G Defensive Player of the Week and B1G Special Teams Player of the Week awards for one game.
He’s well on his way to an All-American season in his first year at linebacker. Through four games, Peppers has a team-best 332 all-purpose yards, 9.5 tackles for loss and five quarterback hurries. He’s also Michigan’s second-leading tackler and he has a punt-return touchdown under his belt.
With Peppers leading the defense, Michigan only allowed 13.8 points per game. That was without All-American cornerback Jourdan Lewis for the first two games, too.
College football fans will still debate that a player like Christian McCaffrey or Lamar Jackson is the nation’s best player right now. But they haven’t had to draw up a game plan and prepare for a player like Peppers.
Chryst, in limited time, has.
Needless to say, his unbeaten squad will have to rise to an even higher level to isolate Peppers. As Chryst would probably say, that’s easier said than done.