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Jabrill Peppers named Big Ten preseason defensive player of the year

The two-way player was picked by league media members as the Big Ten preseason defensive player of the year.

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Michigan defensive back/linebacker Jabrill Peppers was picked by as the Big Ten Conference preseason defensive player of the year. On the other end, Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett was selected as the offensive player of the year.

Peppers will play on both sides of the ball for the Wolverines, along with special teams. He is making the switch to linebacker this season, but should still see time as a defensive back throughout the year. On offense, Peppers will fill in as a wide receiver, running back and even as a quarterback in the wildcat formation.

Michigan tight end Jake Butt and wide receiver Jehu Chesson received votes for offensive player of the year, while cornerback Jourdan Lewis and defensive lineman Chris Wormley got votes on the defensive end.


Full results:

Offensive player of the year

1. Ohio State QB J.T. Barrett, 110 (34)
2. Penn State RB Saquon Barkley, 48 (3)
3. Iowa QB C.J. Beathard, 33
4. Northwestern RB Justin Jackson, 11
5. Wisconsin RB Corey Clement, 9
6. Michigan TE Jake Butt, 5 (1)
7. Nebraska QB Tommy Armstrong, 5
8. Indiana G Dan Feeney, 4 (1)
9. Michigan State RB L.J. Scott, 3
10. Michigan WR Jehu Chesson, 3
11. Ohio State C Pat Elflein, 2
12. Ohio State RB Curtis Samuel, 1

Defensive player of the year

1. Michigan DB/LB Jabrill Peppers, 65 (13)
2. Iowa CB Desmond King, 60 (16)
3. Michigan State DL Malik McDowell, 35 (4)
4. Ohio State LB Raekwon McMillan, 33 (2)
5. Michigan CB Jourdan Lewis, 21 (2)
6. Northwestern LB Anthony Walker Jr., 18 (2)
7. Michigan DE Chris Wormley, 1
8. Maryland CB William Likely, 1