It didn't come as much of a surprise, but Jabrill Peppers made his intentions known Tuesday.
In an interview with Sports Illustrated, Peppers announced that he will forgo his senior season at Michigan and enter the NFL Draft.
"It's one of the hardest things I've ever had to do," Peppers told SI's Pete Thamel. "I'm choosing between cementing my legacy as a college player and starting my pro legacy. It's something you dream of when you were a kid. I was torn between the two."
Peppers was recognized as one of the best players in college football this past season, a fifth-place finisher in voting for the Heisman Trophy who made huge impacts in every facet of the game. His collegiate career ended with a whimper, though, as an injury kept him out of Michigan's loss to Florida State in the Orange Bowl. Still, Peppers is expected to be a first-round pick in this year's draft.
A do-it-all star at the college level, Peppers figures to be a defensive player in the NFL, and he shone on that side of the ball with the Wolverines, this year earning the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and Linebacker of the Year awards. He led the Michigan defense with 16 tackles for loss and ranked third on the team with 72 tackles. He also had four sacks, an interception and a forced fumble.
Peppers was also the Big Ten Return Specialist of the Year, racking up 570 punt- and kick-return yards and scoring a touchdown via a punt return. He also had 27 rushing attempts on offense, rushing for 167 yards with three touchdowns.
All in all, Peppers played 933 snaps at a jaw-dropping 15 different positions.