Media Day Interviews: Jabrill Peppers

Submitted by Adam Schnepp on August 7th, 2015 at 5:00 PM

Previously: Jim Harbaugh, Kyle Kalis, Brian Cole, Chase Winovich, Drake Harris

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Jabrill Peppers was constantly surrounded by cameras and sound recorders, but he answered every question with candor typically reserved for one-on-one interviews. Below he addresses the Woodson comparison, playing offense, defense, and special teams, and critics of the program. Note: the following questions were from a media scrum and aren’t MGoQuestions.

On deleting his Twitter:

“Camp, I don’t want any distractions. I don’t want any distractions from camp.”

Where’d you get the idea? Someone else do it and you said ‘I should do this’?

“No, it’s just for me, man. These past couple months I’ve noticed that they look at my Twitter a lot.”

You’ve been vocal on lots of issues.

“Yeah, so for me it was just a kind of thing where I don’t want anything that can put a negative connotation on or anything that they can spin or do anything with. We just as a whole are going to go complete darkness. Let them speculate what they want- how good we are, how good we aren’t. We don’t really care what anyone else thinks. We care what the guy next to us thinks. We care what our coaches think, what our family thinks. All of the outside outliers, you know, we could really care less about. We just want to put the ball down and play football, you know. That’s it.

“We didn’t come here to worry about the media or how good they think we are. The only thing that I would tell people is this is Michigan and this is always going to be Michigan. That’s it.”

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Greg Jackson said he’d like to get three safeties on the field. What makes him think that’s the best possible look?

“I can speak on that specifically because I’m around those guys a lot. We bring a different kind of flavor to the table, especially with Jarrod Wilson, Delano Hill, Dymonte Thomas, Jeremy Clark; we all can do things that would maybe be like a hybrid linebacker type of deal. We can cover the slot, we can come in and support the run. But then the question would come to who do we take off the field? Our linebackers are just as good. Our D-linemen are just as good. Our cornerbacks are just as good. If we work out a way that there’s three safeties out there I would love that, but the 11 that we put out there for a fact will be tenacious, hungry, and just go tooth and nail to pull out the W.

“Like I said previously, it’s attitude, man. It’s personal. It’s a chip on our shoulder. This is Michigan. They talk about us like this isn’t Michigan. That’s basically how we see it.”

How does it change the defense to have three safeties out there versus having a fourth linebacker?

“Personally, I think we’ll be a great defense regardless. If there’s 11 guys on that defense then you can count on that defense being a fantastic defense.”

You said before that you liked the idea of being a centerfielder, but if you’re in this three safety look will you be more of a guy who plays closer to the line of scrimmage?

“Doesn’t matter to me. Whatever the coaches ask of me to do. I try to let me versatility speak for itself. One thing I was told when I was younger was be a guy they have a hard time taking off the field.

“Be a guy who can play multiple spots just in case we need a Delano or Jeremy to come in. Be able to slide, be able to be a SAM, be able to even go back out there as a corner. So I just think about it like that. Whatever the scheme is that week, whatever they feel is best for us, that’s what we’re all going to do.”

You said be a guy who they can’t take off the field. How much offense can you play if they tell you they want you to give it a shot?

“Personally, offense is something I’m comfortable with.I even like to think I’m a better offensive player but I like defense a lot more, and I’m just as good on defense. So I work on my craft everyday to try and be well rounded and contribute to the team as best as I can but at the end of the day, man, whatever guy we have out there we’re all capable and have worked just as hard to achieve the ultimate goal and that’s just to win- to be winners out there on the field.

“If they feel that moving me to offense will help us win then I’ll do it. I’m just a guy who’s trying to do whatever he has to do to help this team win, and I know my brothers feel the same way.”

How much offense did you do this spring? Any reps at receiver?

“It was strictly defense. Everybody’s asked me about this offense thing but this is the first-“

Well, did you and Harbaugh talk about it all this summer?

“He kind of alluded to it but we haven’t really had an open discussion about it because he really didn’t know us from a can of paint when he first got here. He saw the film and last year’s practices and stuff so he kind of had conversations with everyone just one-on-one. I don’t know what other people talked about but we talked about be a guy who’s just going to be hungry and can lead by example. Just do whatever the coaches ask of you at your maximum potential and your maximum effort.”

You’ve said that you want to play offense and want that ball in your hands, right?

“Absolutely. Absolutely. That doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll bring me over there. I can say I’d love to do a lot of things. Offense is just something that always came natural to me. It’s just…there’s something about defense, man. It takes a different kind of guy to play defense. But it really doesn’t matter to me. I’ll just do whatever I got to do to help my team win.”

Coach talked about trying to transform you into a triple strategy [guy]- offense, defense, and special teams- basically trying to transform you into the next Woodson. What’s your thoughts on that?

“I hear a lot of these comparisons, man, but I don’t really pay it no mind. It’s just, there’s one Woodson comparison, man. I just find it hard that people can compare me to Woodson. Based on what I’ve done in high school I can understand it, but at this level what is expected of you and how much different it is from the high school level, I just…Woodson is in his own league, man. Like, I can see if I get me a national championship or I return a punt against Ohio State or one of the things that he’s done but you can’t compare me to Woodson. Woodson is on a whole other level.

“Now, what I will say is that when it comes to the work ethic and how my love is for the game and how I feel that me and my brothers can change this program around, I definitely say we have some correlations there. But all these comparisons I don’t really pay no mind to.

“In terms of that three-way player thing, I just heard about it today. We haven’t really talked about offense and things like that. They’ve alluded to it but we’ve never really talked about it. The kicking game is something that I really want to do, whether it’s on kickoff or punt return, kick return, whatever. Whatever way they need me to help the team or whatever I can do to help the team and just put the best 11 out there in whatever facet we’re talking about is something I’m definitely open to.” 

Comments

Gofor2

August 10th, 2015 at 12:53 AM ^

Jabrill Peppers reminds me of another 5 star recruit, Seantrel Henderson. Both big time 5 star players that picked losing teams with no hope, only to never be heard of again.

All the while other 5 stars recruits he camped with and played in AA game with like Vonn Bell and Rakwon McMillian are sporting Nat'l Champ Rings. You can help but know that under that smile and positive attitude he shows that he is definitely thinking. " man I fuked up ". He and Kyle Kalis can cry on each other's shoulder for the choices they made.

JeepinBen

August 7th, 2015 at 5:08 PM ^

Love the humility.

This is where not having NCAA '16 is tempering my usual football rampup. I may have to dust off whichever NCAA i've got handy at this point....

Sidepaluofm

August 7th, 2015 at 5:11 PM ^

I'm impressed beyond the hype. He's got class, persistence and a willingness to play for his team. 

 

That's exactly that attitude I want on this team. Proud to be a wolverine. 

Plus, I kinda like the quote "They talk about us like this isn’t Michigan."

Good results will come from players like this. 

Ecky Pting

August 7th, 2015 at 5:19 PM ^

and before the season starts...

and before he's played too many games....

and while they're still making updates to player numbers...

Why not just go ahead and change JP's number to "2"?

It just seems like now would be the perfect time, and probably more appropriate than say, throwing "1" at Funchess last season.

Chick Evans

August 7th, 2015 at 5:28 PM ^

Sounds like he's got a great mindset going into the season. I'm impressed and excited to see what he can do. The players know they have to work to get Michigan back where it should, and it sounds like they're buying in so far. No distractions, just work

Yinka Double Dare

August 7th, 2015 at 5:29 PM ^

If there’s 11 guys on that defense then you can count on that defense being a fantastic defense.

 

As we learned last year, it is fairly important to have 11 guys on the field ARRRRGGGGGHHHHH

LBSS

August 7th, 2015 at 5:41 PM ^

"He kind of alluded to it but we haven’t really had an open discussion about it because he really didn’t know us from a can of paint when he first got here."

Stealing the shit out of that phrase. 

Everyone Murders

August 7th, 2015 at 5:56 PM ^

 

... because (Harbaugh) didn't know us from a can of paint when he first got here.

Runner up?

I even like to think I'm a better offensive player but I like defense a lot more, and I'm just as good on defense.

His attitude reminds of David Molk's, and I'm guessing it's going to be ... unpleasant for opposing players to take a hit from this young man.

MGoRedemption

August 7th, 2015 at 6:07 PM ^

stay healthy stay healthy stay healthy stay healthy stay healthy stay healthy stay healthy stay healthy stay healthy stay healthy stay healthy stay healthy stay healthy stay healthy

Roc Blue in the Lou

August 9th, 2015 at 1:41 AM ^

Say it with me every night:  Now i lay me down to sleep, i pray the Lord JP's Health & Speed to keep, If I should die before i wake, Keep JP healthy for my sake.   Lord, for JP i ask PBH, PBH, PBH, PBH, PBH, PBH, PBH, Please Be Healthy, Please Be Healthy, PBH, PBH, PBH, PBH, PBH, PBH, PBH, PBH, PBH, PBH, PBH, PBH, PBH, PBH, PBH, PBH, PBH, PBH, PBH, PBH, PBH, PBH, Please Be Healthy, Please Be Heathly, PBH, PBH, PBH, PBH, PBH, PBH, PBH, PBH, PBH, PBH, PBH, PBH, PBH, PBH, PBH, PBH, PBH, PBH, oh, and THANKS FOR COACH HARBAUGH!!!!!!!!!!!!  AMEN.

Gr1mlock

August 7th, 2015 at 6:18 PM ^

Goddamn I love this kid.  Humble, mature, confident without sounding cocky, and he just oozes that sense of being there to work.  I can't wait to watch him on the field this year - he's going to punish some offenses hard.  

True Blue Grit

August 7th, 2015 at 6:23 PM ^

It's so incredibly rare to see a kid with his athletic ability, maturity, leadership, intelligence, tenacity, humility, and work ethic.  The sky really is the limit for him.  We're so lucky to have him on this team.  

ckersh74

August 7th, 2015 at 6:41 PM ^

Lots of good coach-speak there. You can tell he's done this a time or two.

And that's okay. If he stays as focused as he says he is, and keeps his eyes on the prize, I think we're going to like what happens next.