Jabrill Peppers respects Curtis Samuel, but doesn't think he's been hit a lot
Jabrill Peppers and Curtis Samuel have a lot in common.
Both were prep stars on the East Coast who have become versatile, explosive weapons at B1G powers. Both of them are inevitably looking at first-team All-B1G honors and likely All-American honors.
Both will square off on Saturday in Columbus. At some point, Peppers is going to need to make an open-field tackle on Samuel, which has been easier said than done.
The plan for Michigan, Peppers said, is to give Samuel a taste of something he hasn’t experienced much.
“I don’t know him, I just know of him. Typically I know all the guys from my general area,” said Peppers, who starred at Paramus (N.J.) Catholic. “But a phenomenal athlete, definitely has a lot of respect from us. At the same time, we feel he hasn’t been hit a lot either.”
Whether or not that’s true, Samuel has had plenty of chances to take big shots. He has 145 touches from scrimmage this season, and will likely rack up plenty more on Saturday.
Peppers said the physical game plan isn’t exclusive to Samuel. The plan is obviously to be as physical as possible with all the Buckeye skill players. He saw what the likes of Northwestern, Penn State and Wisconsin did to the OSU offense with physicality.
Taking that to another level is the goal.
“We’re going to see how they respond to physicality,” Peppers said. “Just come with bad intentions. It’s never our intention to hurt anyone. But when we hit you, we want you to feel it.”