Michigan’s Jabrill Peppers, Jake Butt Claim Postseason Hardware
University of Michigan defender Jabrill Peppers was named the winner of the 2016 Paul Hornung Award, while senior tight end Jake Butt was named as the recipient of the 2016 John Mackey Award, the school announced Wednesday.
Awarded annually to the nation’s most versatile college football player, Peppers receives the Paul Hornung Award after appearing at 15 positions for the Wolverines this season and ranking second on the team in total tackles with 72. Peppers has also tallied a team-high 16 tackles for loss, four sacks, a forced fumble and one interception and lead the Big Ten in punt returns, averaging 14.8 yards per return.
Peppers is one of five Heisman Trophy finalists.
Butt is recognized with the John Mackey Awards as college football’s top tight end. The senior has caught 43 passes for 508 yards and four touchdowns. For his career, Butt has amassed 1,618 yards on 135 receptions to become Michigan’s all-time leader in receptions and yards by a tight end.
Butt and Peppers lead the sixth-ranked Wolverines (10-2) against No. 11 Florida State in the Orange Bowl on Friday, Dec. 30.