May 21st, 2014 at 10:33 AM ^

My hope is the standard one: start out at nickel, see action early (Mattison loves to play everybody in the OOC season, then dials back), and force his way into the starting nickel role by mid-season.  I'd like to see him stay there all season, make a few big plays and otherwise be solid.  Put him at at slot every now and again and throw him a bubble, have a trick play or two to give him an opportunity to bust out.  Next year he forces his way past somebody for the starting CB spot and jumps to full-on star mode.


May 23rd, 2014 at 10:21 AM ^

That's why I say bubbles and a few trick plays.  He took bubbles all day in high school, he doesn't really need practice time for that.  An end-around, something fun, if he's showing signs of greatness in practice.

This kid might be one of those guys - those rare ones.  If he's showing signs in practice (a one-handed interception, beating everyone clean in wind sprints, juking someone out of their shoes on a return), you have to give him an oppotunity.  If he drops the ball or runs for 3 yards, you send him back to the sideline (and defense).  But if he takes an end-around 80 yards for a TD, you have to get that giuy on the field now.  And if he's showing signs in practice, you have to give him a chance in the game.  Just a chance.


May 21st, 2014 at 10:56 AM ^

I'd like to see J. Wilson and D. Thomas take steps forward this season. With these two and if Peppers is what everyone hopes for, the secondary could potentially be a strength on this team.

Big Mike

May 21st, 2014 at 11:09 AM ^

Honestly, i think Peppers will be fine. All the hype is great for him, obiously he lives for it. He is a proven winner on the HS level against some great competition. He knows what he wants and he has the drive to go get it. I think once Peppers leaves Ann Arbor his name will be remembered years after. He will be a legend. Peppers will be a legend.


May 21st, 2014 at 12:59 PM ^

I remember the hype surrounding Justin Fargas, and I remember how true freshman Justin Fargas was lighting up the world, and I remember the crack heard round Michigan Stadium that cold azz November Saturday afternoon against Wisky.

Durham Blue

May 21st, 2014 at 7:50 PM ^

It's difficult to see Peppers not cracking the starting lineup somewhere and making an immediate impact.  Guys with that much physical talent and football skills don't come around very often.