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Jabrill Peppers, Jourdan Lewis, Chris Wormley named to 2016 Nagurski Trophy watch list

Three Michigan football players make the watch list for The Nagurski Trophy.

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Jabrill Peppers, Jourdan Lewis and Chris Wormley have been placed on the 2016 Nagurski Trophy watch list. The trophy is awarded to the best defensive player in the nation, as judged by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA).

Peppers, who will be a redshirt sophomore, logged 45 tackles and 10 passes swatted away. He ran 18 time for two touchdowns, had eight receptions, eight kick returns and 17 punt returns. From Paramus Catholic High School in New Jersey, Peppers will make the switch from safety to linebacker for the 2016 season.

Lewis, a senior from Detroit Cass Technical in Michigan, had a season to remember in 2015. He was an All-American with 52 tackles and 20 passes defended.

Meanwhile, Wormley had 43 tackles and 6.5 sacks for the Maize and Blue. The senior from Whitmer High School in Ohio will play defensive end and defensive tackle for Michigan this season.

The five finalists will be announced on November 17 and the winner will be revealed on December 5.

2016 Nagurski Trophy watch list

Montravius Adams, DT, Auburn
Jamal Adams, S, LSU
Jonathan Allen, DE, Alabama
Chidobe Awuzie, CB, Colorado
Budda Baker, S, Washington
Dante Barnett, S, Kansas State
Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee
Kendell Beckwith, LB, LSU
Vince Biegel, LB, Wisconsin
Quin Blanding, S, Virginia
Ben Boulware, LB, Clemson
Richie Brown, LB, Mississippi State
Riley Bullough, LB, Michigan State
Josh Carraway, DE, TCU
Lorenzo Carter, LB, Georgia
Tony Conner, S, Ole Miss
Zach Cunningham, LB, Vanderbilt
Jarrad Davis, LB, Florida
Hunter Dimick, DE, Utah
Ken Ekanem, DE, Virginia Tech
Devonte Fields, LB Louisville
Salamo Fiso, LB, Arizona State
Kylie Fitts, DE, Utah
Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama
Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M
Davon Godchaux, DT, LSU
Daeshon Hall, DE, Texas A&M
Darius Hamilton, DT, Rutgers
Charles Harris, DE, Missouri
Josh Harvey-Clemons, DB, Louisville
Marquis Haynes, DE, Ole Miss
Treyvon Hester, DT, Toledo
Travin Howard, LB, TCU
Shane Huber, LB, Massachusetts
Marlon Humphrey, DB, Alabama
Adoree' Jackson, CB, USC
Eddie Jackson, S, Alabama
Derwin James, S, Florida State
Malik Jefferson, LB, Texas
Josey Jewell, LB, Iowa
Sidney Jones, CB, Washington
Andrew King, LB, Army
Desmond King, CB, Iowa
Micah Kiser, LB, Virginia
Carl Lawson, DE, Auburn
Elijah Lee, LB, Kansas State
Jourdan Lewis, CB, Michigan
Tyquan Lewis, DE, Ohio State
William Likely, CB, Maryland
Lowell Lotulelei, DT, Utah
Shawun Lurry, DB, Northern Illinois
Jamal Marcus, DE, Akron
Marcus Maye, DB, Florida
Malik McDowell, DL, Michigan State
Raekwon McMillan, LB, Ohio State
Fabian Moreau, DB, UCLA
Calvin Munson, LB, San Diego State
Lewis Neal, DE, LSU
Hardy Nickerson, LB, Illinois
Steven Parker, DB, Oklahoma
Jabrill Peppers, S, Michigan
Ejuan Price, DE, Pittsburgh
Jalen Reeves-Maybin, LB, Tennessee
T.J. Ricks, LB, Old Dominion
Isaac Rochell, DT, Notre Dame
Ja'Von Rolland-Jones, DE, Arkansas State
Duke Shelley, DB, Kansas State
Cameron Smith, LB, USC
Weston Steelhammer, DB, Air Force
Jordan Sterns, S, Oklahoma State
Jamar Summers, CB, Connecticut
Cameron Sutton, CB, Tennessee
Jalen Tabor, CB, Florida
Cordrea Tankersley, CB, Clemson
Steven Taylor, LB, Houston
Ahmad Thomas, DB, Oklahoma
Tanner Vallejo, LB, Boise State
Eddie Vanderdoes, DT, UCLA
Azeem Victor, LB, Washington
Anthony Walker, LB, Northwestern
Charles Walker, DT, Oklahoma
DeMarcus Walker, DE, Florida State
Carlos Watkins, DT, Clemson
Tre'Davious White, CB, LSU
Jordan Whitehead, S, Pittsburgh
Marcus Williams, DB, Utah
Tim Williams, LB, Alabama
Deatrich Wise, DE, Arkansas
Xavier Woods, DB, Louisiana Tech
Chris Wormley, DE, Michigan