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Donovan Peoples-Jones on watch list for Paul Hornung Award

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Jabrill Peppers won the award in 2016.

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Sophomore wide receiver and punt returner Donovan Peoples-Jones had an up and down season in 2017.

He was benched as the punt returner during his first game in the Big House. One week later, he took a punt to the house against Air Force. He nearly took one for a touchdown against Ohio State 10 weeks later.

Thursday, Peoples-Jones was recognized as one of the most dynamic players in college football, as he was named to the watch list for the Paul Hornung Award.

The award, which was last won by a Wolverine by Jabrill Peppers in 2016, is given to the nation’s top versatile player.

As a freshman, Peoples-Jones played in all 13 games and had 22 catches for 277 yards. He did not record a receiving touchdown, but was, in my opinion, robbed of one against Wisconsin.

He also carried the ball four times for 57 yards.

Peoples-Jones is expected to have a prominent role on the team this season. With fellow sophomore receiver Tarik Black returning from a broken foot, the sky is the limit for both these talented youngsters, and the offense as a whole for that matter.

We are just a shade under a month away from Michigan/Notre Dame on Sept. 1. But until then, let’s take in Peoples-Jones’ highlight of his freshman season and continue to anxiously await the arrival of college football.