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Jim Harbaugh believes that Jabrill Peppers is the best player in college football and it looks as if Big Ten analyst Glen Mason is on board with that thinking.

The former Minnesota head coach took to the airwaves earlier this week and he was asked a “fact or fiction” question concerning Peppers and a potential pursuit of the Heisman Trophy. In emphatic fashion, Mason declared that Peppers would be the winner at the end of the campaign, even going so far as to say Harbaugh would put his all-everything star in the best possible position to win by accumulating significant statistics.

As you can see in the video, Dave Wannstedt wasn’t quite on board with Mason’s choice, but it wouldn’t be hard to justify Peppers’ candidacy right now. Michigan has the best defense in the country according to a number of prominent statistical projection systems and, considering that Peppers has a massive impact on special teams and (occasionally) on offense, he has the total package needed to make a legitimate run at the Heisman from the defensive side of the ball.

It will probably take an undefeated record and a dominant showing against Ohio State in “The Game” to propel Jabrill Peppers to the top spot in New York in early December, but it’s definitely plausible at this point.