The Wolverine

January 2016

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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Redshirt freshman DB Jabrill Peppers — A-: The Big Ten Freshman of the Year, Peppers was the most valuable player defensively for the Maize and Blue, playing cornerback, nickel back, safety and dime linebacker while moonlight- ing on offense at wide receiver, tailback and even wildcat quarterback. He also was a dynamic kickoff and punt returner. Fifth-year senior P Blake O'Neill — A-: Almost half of O'Neill's 53 punts on the season ended up pinning the opponent inside the 20-yard line (23, or 43.4 percent), while he had nine punts of 50 yards or more and averaged 41.3 yards per punt overall. The graduate transfer's lone mistake — the botched punt against MSU — cannot overshadow an otherwise stellar season. — Michael Spath Junior tight end Jake Butt posted 48 receptions and 620 receiving yards during the regu- lar season; he could surpass the single-season school records for each at his position in the bowl game. PHOTO BY BRANDON BROWN

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