Charles Woodson earned the Heisman Trophy at Michigan wearing the No. 2 jersey. (Getty Images)
Harper Woods — The comparisons of incoming Michigan defensive back Jabrill Peppers to former Michigan standout and Heisman Trophy winner Charles Woodson seem unending.
Peppers has indicated he’s not trying to be the next Woodson, which makes Michigan coach Brady Hoke’s revelation on Friday regarding Peppers’ potential jersey number not exactly surprising.
Woodson wore No. 2 at Michigan, and while it has not been given special designation, Hoke believes it is a number that should be earned.
What number will the 6-foot-1, 205-pound Peppers wear this fall?
“We’re not sure yet,” Hoke said after speaking to the Sound Mind Sound Body football campers about the value of education Friday at Chandler Park Academy. “He may be wearing (No.) 5.”
While Hoke has said he intends to work Peppers in at nickel, he was asked where the incoming freshman might play in the opener against Appalachian State.
“I hope he’s good enough to get on the field,” Hoke said, with a smirk. “He’s pretty good, he’s pretty talented. (But) for me to comment on something like that and for people to put all (these) expectations on a guy who has never played a down in college football or gone through a college conditioning session, obviously, we think he’s a talented young man with a lot of character.”
Expectations are, indeed, high for Peppers.
Last month, Woodson, appearing on WTKA during the fundraiser for Mott Hospital, said he spent time with Peppers and his mother at Michigan’s spring game and was impressed.
“You can see the confidence just spilling out of this guy’s pores,” Woodson said. “It was exciting for me to just get a chance to share a little bit with him and meet with him. I’m looking for big things out of him, I really am.
“This is a guy who has all the confidence in the world, and we need a guy like that on Michigan’s team. I’m looking for him to come in and make plays and get it done.”
Woodson said he had no problem dealing with expectations because he had set the bar so high for himself.
“The expectations that people have for you, if you already feel like you’re going to do those things, those expectations and that pressure, it doesn’t mean anything,” Woodson said. “The expectations you have for yourself far exceed anything else anybody else can put on you.
“That’s how I would see Jabrill coming in, kind of in that mold, a guy who already sees himself as a guy who’s going to be great.”
Isaac seeking waiver
Former USC tailback Ty Isaac has transferred to Michigan, but when he will be eligible to play is still unclear.
Hoke, having never gone through this process, said he is not certain how long Isaac’s hardship waiver request will take. If it is not cleared, Isaac, who also wanted to move closer to his mother and family in Illinois, will have to sit out this season. He then would have three years of eligibility.
“I wouldn’t comment either way,” Hoke said when asked if he believes Isaac will be granted the waiver. “I’ve never had to deal with it. There’s all kinds of paperwork that has to be sent. A lot of conversation.”