UM's Peppers finalist for Tribune's Silver Football award

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News

Michigan’s versatile Jabrill Peppers, who earned three Big Ten awards earlier this week, is one of four finalists for the Chicago Tribune Silver Football awarded to the best player in the Big Ten.

Peppers joins Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett and Curtis Samuel and Penn State’s Saquon Barkley as finalists. It is a tight competition among the four, according to the Tribune, which made the announcement on Friday. Nine players received at least on first- or second-place vote with 13 of 14 first-place votes going to one of the four finalists.

The award originated in 1924 and each coach must submit a first- and second-place vote, but cannot vote for his own player. The two winners will be announced by the Tribune next week.

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Brandon Graham was the last Michigan player to win in 2009 when he shared the award with Penn State’s Daryll Clark.

Peppers earned Big Ten awards this week as the Defensive Player of the Year, Linebacker of the Year and Specialist of the Year. He led the Big Ten in punt-return average (14.8 yards) and returned one for a touchdown. He was third in the conference in tackles for loss with 16.

He also is a finalist for the Walter Camp Player of the Year, the first from Michigan since Chris Perry in 2003.

Peppers has played multiple positions for the Wolverines this fall and has lined up at five positions on offense, six on defense and four on special teams.

Jabrill Peppers