Michigan’s Jabrill Peppers will ponder ‘best move’ after bowl

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News
Jabrill Peppers

Michigan’s Jabrill Peppers insisted yet again he has not made a decision about his future.

Peppers, winner of the Hornung Award, given to the nation’s most versatile player, a Heisman Trophy finalist, the LOTT Impact winner and the Big Ten’s Defensive Player of the Year, told the Rich Eisen Show on Tuesday that his focus is on the upcoming bowl game.

The Wolverines, who have their annual bust Tuesday night, are preparing for the Orange Bowl against Florida State on Dec. 30.

Eisen asked Peppers if that will be his last game for the Wolverines. Peppers is a redshirt sophomore but will be eligible for the NFL draft.

“I haven’t really thought about that yet,” Peppers said. “I want to talk to people after the game, see what they think my best move should be. I’m not going to be thinking about that right now. I’m just trying to focus on the best preparation I can for this great Florida State team we’re playing.”

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Peppers touched on a few other subjects on the Rich Eisen Show:

On the double-overtime loss at Ohio State: “I didn’t talk for about a week. I’m still not over it. I’m never over a loss until we win again.”

On people saying Michigan whined about the officiating in the UM-OSU game: “Me personally, I go into away games not expecting to receive any calls, especially when we go into The Shoe. I don’t expect any calls or leniency whatsoever. But you know, some of those calls were blatant. I’m not one to whine about it. I like to just do what I’m told to do. We know going into the game the refs are not going to help us, but some of those calls were bad. At the end of the day, we were still in a position to win that game. We didn’t capitalize. It just is what it is.”

Should Michigan one of the four College Football Playoff teams? “They say they want the four best teams. I definitely think we’re one of four best teams in the country without a doubt. But I don’t think they can ignore conference (championships). I think that’s where the problem lies. But if you just want the four best teams, then the conference championship shouldn’t matter because USC beat both the Pac-12 champions and we beat the Big Ten champions. It’s a difficult decision.”

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