Jim Harbaugh compares Jabrill Peppers to MLB legend
Jim Harbaugh is already running out of ways to praise Jabrill Peppers.
At the very least, he’s already running out of football players to compare the do-it-all redshirt freshman to.
Perhaps that’s why on the B1G Conference Call on Tuesday, Harbaugh went cross-sport to find a proper comparison for Peppers’ versatility.
Harbaugh: "Can somebody be the Willie Mays of football? The five-tool player? Maybe that's Jabrill Peppers."
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The returner/safety/H-back has done it all for Michigan this season. That’s why he was named one of the four finalists for the Paul Hornung Trophy, which is given to the nation’s most versatile player.
Mays, widely considered the best five-tool player in Major League Baseball history, could hit for power, hit for average, run the bases well, throw and defend his position.
It wasn’t the first time — and certainly won’t be the last — that Peppers is in the same breath as an all-time great. The comparison many made of the five-star recruit when he signed with Michigan was to former Heisman Trophy winner Charles Woodson.
Ironically enough, the Michigan legend took time to praise Peppers’ versatility last week when his Raiders were in Detroit to face the Lions. He said that he was impressed with Peppers’ understanding as a redshirt freshman and that he “can do it all.”
Peppers might not actually be doing it all by the end of his career in Ann Arbor. Jim Harbaugh also said on Tuesday that idea of Peppers taking on a full-time offensive role is certainly a possibility in the future.
Since Peppers cracked the offensive rotation a month ago against Michigan State, he has 17 offensive touches for 97 yards. All signs point to Harbaugh increasing his offensive workload moving forward.
That’ll start with Saturday’s showdown against Ohio State.