Harbaugh says Peppers has been at practice

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News

Ann Arbor — Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh has not shed much light on Jabrill Peppers’ status for the upcoming bowl game, but he did say the redshirt freshman has been at practices.

Harbaugh spoke to a small group of reporters after his final radio appearance at The Pizza House on Tuesday night and touched on a number of subjects.

Peppers, the Big Ten’s Freshman of the Year, is “working through something,” Harbaugh said. That typically has meant that a player has an injury.

“He’s coming along,” Harbaugh said Tuesday night.

Is Peppers expected to play against Florida in the Citrus Bowl on New Year’s Day?

“We’ll see,” he said.

Harbaugh was asked if Peppers has been practicing. Michigan has had 11 practices and leaves for Orlando on Saturday.

“He’s out there,” Harbaugh said.

Bowl practices often are used to try players at different positions. Several weeks ago offensive coordinator Tim Drevno said quarterback Zach Gentry might get reps at tight end during the bowl practices.

“He’s been looking at (Gentry) at that,” Harbaugh said. “He’s really caught on fast. He really sees it, the entire football big picture. He learns fast.

“There’s some experimentation going on. (There’s a) few guys we’re looking around at different (spots).”

Harbaugh said defensive end Reuben Jones has been working at inside linebacker.