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Michigan's most-hyped recruit last season entered the fall with high hopes dashed too soon because of ankle and knee injuries.

Jabrill Peppers, expected to be a standout defensive back at and active in the return game, was granted a medical redshirt, so his college career essentially will begin this fall. Peppers is taking part in Michigan's spring practice that begins Tuesday and was featured in a rare interview that appears on the athletic department website.

"I'm definitely more hungry than ever," said the 6-foot-1, 205-pound redshirt freshman. "I'm very excited. I can't really wait to showcase what I can really do and be the things I told myself (I would be) and set the goals I told myself I would get."

Peppers told the website he appreciates what he has more because of sitting out last season.

"It definitely opened my eyes to a lot, things I may have taken for granted in the past," he said. "Me being young, wanting to be out there and not necessarily knowing how to be injured by keeping team morale, keeping guys' spirits up. "

He describes himself as "vibrant" and "enthusiastic" on the field and said he feels completely healthy and is not thinking twice about "tweaking" his ankle or knee. He is ready to get back on the field.

"Showing everyone what I can do, because I still have a lot to prove because I haven't really done anything yet," Peppers said.