I’m not sure if you heard, but Michigan was missing Jabrill Peppers, its star safety, against Florida State in the Orange Bowl. ESPN mentioned his name more than 50 times.
It was also without Jake Butt, a really good tight end, who was hurt right before halftime.
But what ESPN didn’t seem to mention was that the best safety on either team hadn’t played since Week 2 — FSU’s Derwin James, who was lost in the Charleston Southern game.
But it was also missing starting safety Nate Andrews.
And starting safety Ermon Lane.
And starting safety Trey Marshall, who was ejected in the fourth quarter for targeting.
In the fourth quarter, three of FSU’s five defensive backs in the game were true freshmen.
Florida State was also missing arguably its best receiver in Auden Tate.
And starting guard Kareem Are could only play the 1st half before bowing out with injury.
But(t) if you depended solely on the broadcast, you’d think FSU was the picture of health, while Michigan was a crippled team fighting valiantly.
Oh, and congrats to Dalvin Cook for winning the Orange Bowl MVP, after being “bottled up,” according to the broadcast. Cook had 207 total yards.
UPDATE: ESPN’s lead headline after the game wanted to make sure you knew Peppers and Butt were injured in the Orange Bowl: