Peppers, Hill on PFF Early-Season All-American team

The Detroit News
Khalid Hill

Michigan linebacker Jabrill Peppers and fullback Khalid Hill have made Pro Football Focus’ Early-Season All-American team, after four weeks of the 2016 campaign.

“Peppers is getting slotted in as a linebacker though he plays all over the defensive front,” writes PFF’s Steve Palazzolo. “He’s been excellent against the run at 86.6 (grade) and he gets extra credit for his work on special teams and on offense.”

Peppers, who will be eligible for the NFL draft after this season, has 33 tackles, 9.5 for loss, 2.5 sacks and five quarterback hurries this season. He also has 10 punt returns for 227 yards and one TD.

Though blocking is Hill’s primary function, he has scored four TD on his nine carries.

Palazzolo: “Jim Harbaugh is on a mission to keep the fullback from extinction and Hill is living in his I-Formation preservation tank. He’s shown well as a lead blocker and he leads Michigan with four rushing touchdowns.”

Louisville’s Lamar Jackson is the quarterback on the PFF team and Ohio State’s Curtis Samuel is the running back.

Peppers’ knowledge dazzles Michigan’s Harbaugh