Former Michigan safety/linebacker Jabrill Peppers was one of those rare defensive players who became a household name during the 2016-17 college football season. Sure, some of that was because of Peppers' versatility -- playing on offense as well as returning kicks -- but fans across the nation became enamored with his elite play-making ability in a Big Ten loaded with talent. Peppers was great. Every time you tuned into a Michigan game it felt like the Wolverines all-purpose player trades was making some sort of game-changing tackle or sack. Florida State safety Derwin James has a chance to be the same type of player, but even better. The Seminoles freakishly athletic specimen put together a noteworthy freshman campaign in 2015-16, tallying 52 tackles, 4.5 sacks, four pass deflections and two fumble recoveries. He was poised for a breakout season in 2016-17, but suffered a torn meniscus in his knee in the second game of the year. FSU moved forward while James watched anxiously from the sideline. James was one of the main storylines during Saturday's spring game, as he appeared to be back and better than ever. The FSU standout recorded a team-high seven tackles with three for loss, while adding a pair of sacks. It was just a scrimmage, but he was clearly the most dynamic player on the field.
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Florida State DB Derwin James is the Next Jabrill Peppers, Except Better
Hero Sports | Jan 9