On College Football: Jim Harbaugh Gives Jabrill Peppers’s Uphill Heisman Climb a Big Push

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Michigan linebacker Jabrill Peppers ran the ball twice for 19 yards in a 59-3 rout of Maryland on Saturday. He also returned a kick 14 yards.

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Early in the second quarter of No. 2 Michigan’s 59-3 demolition of Maryland on Saturday, the Wolverines’ Jabrill Peppers ran the ball 13 yards from Maryland’s 16-yard line, leaving Michigan, already up by 14-0 and clearly primed to be the victor, needing someone just to punch it in.

Peppers would not be blessed with that task, though. Instead, De’Veon Smith, a senior running back, took the ball on first down and ran it in with ease. The crowd at the Big House…

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