It’s been a day of excellent news for two of Michigan‘s most prized defensive players. Linebacker Desmond Morgan announced earlier that his medical hardship waiver cleared with the NCAA, giving him an extra year of eligibility. Similarly, defensive back Jabrill Peppers has also had his medical hardship waiver cleared.
Peppers, now a redshirt freshman, stepped into the starting nickel role last season as one of the most highly touted freshmen in the country, but an ankle injury suffered in the opener against Appalachian State sidelined him for the next week’s matchup against Notre Dame. He was back on the field to face Miami-Ohio and Utah, but a separate injury to his knee sidelined him for the remainder of the season.
The former five-star recruit was set to see time at corner and return punts. Where he’ll play this season however remains to be a mystery.
Peppers told recruit Iman Marshall, who was in Ann Arbor for an official visit, that he would like to make the move to safety for the 2015 season, but Jim Harbaugh is yet to confirm that transition.
Should Michigan be able to land a graduate transfer in Stanford corner Wayne Lyons, the Wolverines would be considerably deep (and solid) at the corner position, leaving wiggle room for Peppers to move to safety.
Tyler Fenwick is the managing editor of The Big House Report. Follow him on Twitter @Ty_Fenwick.