Michigan’s Jabrill Peppers and Jourdan Lewis, and Michigan State’s Malik McDowell made a CBS Sports list of top 50 impact players for 2016.
Peppers, a junior linebacker / safety, is ranked No. 10 on the list; Lewis, a senior cornerback from Detroit Cass Tech, is ranked No. 13; and McDowell, a junior from Southfield, is No. 36.
The top three are Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson, LSU running back Leonard Fournette and Florida State running back Dalvin Cook.
Iowa cornerback Desmond King of Detroit East English also checked in at No. 11.
The list was compiled by averaging ballots by CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd, Tom Fornelli, Robby Kalland, Ben Kercheval, Chip Patterson and Matthew Coca, and 247Sports.com's Chance Linton.
Fornelli on Peppers: “There aren't many players in college football who can go from sideline-to-sideline stuffing the run and then on the next play stay step-for-step with a receiver running a post up the seam, but that's what Peppers can and will do for the Wolverines in 2016.”
Fornelli also says “there's a real chance” Lewis will be the best cornerback in the country this season. … “Lewis has the ability to basically take away one-third of the field from the offense. When you have a player who can do that, it makes everybody else's job so much easier.”
And Fornelli on McDowell: “(He’s) going to be the face of the Michigan State defense, and he certainly has the talent and ability to become a household name in the college football world.”