After he completed a successful growing year as a freshman, Donovan Peoples-Jones is now among the list of wide receivers and playmakers across the country with high expectations.
As a punt returner and rotation wide receiver last season, Peoples-Jones accumulated over 600 yards on 22 catches. He also took a punt back to the house 79 yards against Air Force, which is Michigan’s longest punt return of the decade.
As he slides his way onto the top of the depth chart for the Wolverines at the wide receiver position, DPJ joins 43 other players on the Hornung Award watch list, which recognizes the nation’s most versatile player.
The award was won in 2016 by former Wolverine Jabrill Peppers, who featured in all three facets of the game during his time at Michigan.
Michigan has a total of 12 players on preseason award watch lists, with a good mix of offensive and defensive players.
Offensively, Ben Bredeson (Outland Award), Zack Gentry (Mackey Award), Karan Higdon (Maxwell and Doak Walker Awards), Sean McKeon (Mackey Award), Shea Patterson (Maxwell Award), and Peoples-Jones (Hornung) are all being flagged as potential standouts.
Defensively, Rashan Gary (Bednarik and Nagurski Awards), Devin Bush (Bednarik, Nagurski, and Butkus Awards), LaVert Hill (Thorpe and Nagurski Awards), and Khaleke Hudson (Nagurski and Bednarik Awards) shine through in Don Brown’s talented unit.
Expectations are high this season for these young men, as the preseason acknowledgements show they have the talent it takes to win championships.