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UM’s Peppers, Lewis haven’t practiced yet on offense

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News
Jabrill Peppers

Ann Arbor – Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh has not shied from discussing the multi-faceted Jabrill Peppers and his ability to play defense, offense and special teams.

Peppers was a cornerback when he arrived at UM but is now in a hybrid linebacker role, and that gives him considerable flexibility on defense. But he’s also returns kicks and played some offense the last half of last season.

Offensive coordinator Tim Drevno said Peppers has not yet practiced on offense during camp.

“But I’m trying to get him over,” Drevno said Monday.

Drevno said the staff always has a plan for Peppers.

“Jabrill’s an unbelievable football player, can do a lot of different things,” Drevno said. “You’d love to have him on offense. As we get closer here and we start to work toward the opener, we’ll start putting some things together.”

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Drevno also said starting cornerback Jourdan Lewis has not practiced on offense yet, either. Lewis has said he would like to play receiver, and Harbaugh said he was open to the idea.

“We’d love to see him offensively,” Drevno said of Lewis.

Linebacker Ben Gedeon recently was asked if Peppers should be a called a linebacker.

“He’s everything,” Gedeon said, laughing. “He can do a bunch of things. You put him anywhere, he’s going to make plays. He’s a very smart kid, too. You show him a scheme, you show him something once, he’ll pick it up right away.”

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