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Analyst: Green, Peppers have most to prove in spring

The Detroit News

Michigan running back Derrick Green and defensive back Jabrill Peppers are among the Big Ten players that have the most to prove in spring practice, ESPN's Adam Rittenberg says.

"Green struggled with his weight as a freshman and showed some promise early last season before sustaining a broken clavicle," Rittenberg writes. "Jim Harbaugh's power-based offense seems ideal for Green's size and skill set, but the rising junior must assert himself this spring. Green isn't the only power back competing for the starting spot as De'Veon Smith and USC transfer Ty Isaac also are in the mix."

Green, 5-11, is listed at 234 pounds on Michigan's spring roster. He had 270 yards on 83 carries as a freshman in 2013 and 471 on 82 as a sophomore.

Rittenberg says Peppers, who was limited to three games as a freshman in 2014 due to injury, "has the skills to bolster Michigan's secondary, if he proves himself to a new defensive staff led by coordinator D.J. Durkin. Peppers will take reps at safety and cornerback this spring."