September 1, 2014 at 5:36 pm

Michigan's Jabrill Peppers expected to play against Notre Dame

Jabrill Peppers injured his ankle in the opener against Appalachian State. (David Guralnick / Detroit News)

Ann Arbor – Freshman defensive back Jabrill Peppers, who missed the second half of the opener against Appalachian State with an ankle injury, is getting treatment and should be ready to play at Notre Dame.

“He’s been in there all morning getting treatment,” coach Brady Hoke said Monday. “I made a decision at halftime -- because they could start treatment right then -- not to come out in the second half. He would have been in a boot on the sideline. Why not start the treatment and the process of healing? We’ll evaluate every day. He’s working hard to get better.

“I think he’ll be ready to play.”

Defensive coordinator Greg Mattison said he was impressed with Peppers’ maturity in the opener last weekend.

“It wasn’t too big for him,” Mattison said of the moment. “I was very impressed with that part of it. You watch him early pregame and how he acts. Just like I thought he would be. The plays he made, a couple of the tackles he made, that’s what I thought I would see. This guy plays very, very explosive. He’s going to bring it, so that was good.”