PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Jabrill Peppers might be more than Mr. Everything for Michigan. He could be Mr. Heisman, too.
Peppers ran for a career-high two touchdowns and set up another score with a 63-yard scamper in his return to his native New Jersey and No. 4 Michigan routed Rutgers 78-0 on Saturday night in a game in which the Scarlet Knights were limited to 22 yards total yards and two first downs.
"If there's a better player in the country I don't know who it is," Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said after the Wolverines (6-0, 3-0 Big Ten) matched their best start since 2011 and had their largest margin of victory since an 85-0 victory in 1939 over Chicago University.
Harbaugh then went all in for the junior who has played 12 positions for the Wolverines this season.
"In my humble opinion you're looking at a Heisman Trophy winner," Harbaugh said. After a pause and half a smile, he added the word "candidate."
Peppers, who is from East Orange and played at Don Bosco and Paramus Catholic, had scoring runs of 7 and 4 yards after taking direct snaps, and his career-long run midway through the first quarter paved the way to a 4-yard touchdown run by Ty Isaac for the first score of the game.
"A lot of my friends came out today who hadn't seen my play in person since high school so I definitely wanted to put my best put foot forward," said Peppers, who pointed to his mom in the stands after the game and yelled that `he loved her.'
It could have been a better day for Peppers. He had a 44-yard punt return for a first-quarter touchdown nullified by an illegal block.
One of his touchdown runs came on a broken play, quarterback Wilson Speight said.
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