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Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News

Ann Arbor — Jabrill Peppers made his official debut on offense against Michigan State, becoming the three-way player Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said in the preseason could be a possibility. 

Peppers, a redshirt freshman safety and returner, caught two passes for 35 yards. He also had two tackles and had 48 yards in punt returns and 81 running back kickoffs. He had a long punt return of 39 yards and a 49-yard kickoff return that culminated with a 38-yard field goal by Kenny Allen early in the second quarter.

“He can make a difference anywhere he is,” cornerback Jourdan Lewis said Tuesday after practice. “He’s an ultimate playmaker and a competitor. Honestly, I haven’t seen too many guys like that in my life. When you’ve got a guy who can do anything on the field, it’s amazing.”

Lewis called Peppers' talent “God-given.”

“Something he came with,” Lewis said.

Tailback De’Veon Smith called Peppers the “Energizer Bunny” of the team.

“Jabrill is an exciting player,” Smith said. “He’s full of energy. He’s always hyper. He brings a lot of energy to the offense and defense whenever we compete against each other. And it was kind of fun being out there and blocking for him and not actually going against him.”