The Michigan Wolverines need an electrifying athlete to carry them through 2013—and Jeremy Gallon could be the one to deliver.
Gallon excelled in Michigan's 33-28 Outback Bowl loss to South Carolina, making nine catches for 145 yards and two touchdowns. That impressive performance was his national debut.
Now a senior, Gallon’s experience makes him all the more valuable to Brady Hoke’s program. Along with Drew Dileo, Gallon is the Wolverines’ only veteran receiver with meaningful playing time on his resume.
The days of Denard Robinson streaking 50 yards down the field are a thing of the past. But Gallon has similar speed and elusiveness that will give defenses fits.
He’s not “Shoelace," but the Wolverines still have a highlight waiting to happen in Gallon, Michigan’s could-be MVP this fall.
Gallon's Ready for a Bigger Role
He’s only 5’8” and 185 pounds, but Gallon plays much bigger than his modest stature.
Michigan may rely more on the passing game this season, giving him ample opportunity to shine. He showcased his skills after Robinson was sidelined with an ulnar nerve injury against Nebraska.
After the loss to the Huskers, Gallon went on a rampage. He caught 22 passes in Michigan’s final four Big Ten contests and finished with 45 for the season. What Michigan lacked in the big- play department, Gallon provided.
Prior to the Outback Bowl, Gallon caught four passes for 30 or more yards. In a 42-17 throttling of Iowa, he averaged more than 26 yards per grab.
Along with Roy Roundtree, Gallon was the key to the Wolverines’ aerial attack in a season-ending, 26-21 loss to Ohio State, making six catches for 67 yards.
He’s come through when he was needed most. Gallon is truly a go-to guy in crunch time.
Gallon isn’t just a great receiver, he’s also an outstanding punt returner. In 2011, he returned 19 kicks for 192 yards. He could easily help out in that area this fall.
The former 4-star Apopka High (Fla.) sensation was also useful in the backfield this past season, rushing for 67 yards on 11 carries, including a long of 12.
Despite being one of Michigan’s most versatile weapons, Gallon is not the fastest guy on the field most of the time, nor is he the biggest or strongest. But he certainly poses a threat each time he touches the ball.
Gallon is Evolving
Not only has Gallon steadily increased his production each season, but he’s also become more of a leader.
Coach Hoke recently praised Gallon’s maturation, saying that he’s “continued to grow” (via Mark Snyder of the Detroit Free Press)—and that’s just as important as performing on the field.
Gallon finished 2012 with 829 receiving yards, the fourth-most in the Big Ten and most of any Wolverines wideout. Expecting him to have 1 ,000-yard season may be a bit much, but expecting him to at least equal his production from 2012l isn’t out of the question.
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