Michigan Wolverines: Player of the Week

Player of the week: Big Ten

October, 21, 2013
In a game that featured more than 1,300 yards of total offense, to be talking about a single player would have to mean that he had a pretty outstanding game.

Enter Jeremy Gallon.

The senior accounted for two touchdowns and 369 receiving yards, a new Big Ten single game record, in the Wolverines’ 63-47 win over Indiana on Saturday. That major yardage came on just 14 receptions, three of which were 50 yards or more.

The 5-foot-8 receiver has become quarterback Devin Gardner’s favorite target this season and it’s no surprise why. Gallon seems to catch everything thrown in his direction. A Gallon drop (though one did happen Saturday) is about as rare as a Michigan football player calling Ohio State, Ohio State instead of “Ohio.”

His chemistry with Gardner is a big reason why he has been able to accumulate 831 yards on 45 receptions this season. And the recent emergence of Devin Funchess has certainly helped Gallon find his open lanes, but he has also created a lot of opportunities for himself.

“He’s such a great competitor -- runs good routes, finds the open spaces, [is] sure-handed,” Michigan coach Brady Hoke said. “Jeremy, to me, he’s a tough guy who really is a little slippery at times. … He’s a total wide receiver.”

Coaches and players have long talked about Gallon’s potential. He has had his big moments with Gardner at QB -- 184 yards and three touchdowns against Notre Dame earlier this season, 145 yards and two touchdowns against South Carolina in the Outback Bowl last season.

But did he ever think he’d rack up numbers like that?

“To be honest with you, no,” Gallon said. “But it’s nice to know. That’s what we play for as receivers. That’s what you dream of -- just going out there and giving your all for your teammates and making the best of your ability. Taking advantage of every opportunity that’s coming your way. That’s what I did tonight.”

Player of the week: Big Ten

September, 9, 2013
Already this season, we’ve seen players and coaches make the most out of their limited rosters or individual talent. We’ve seen a few unlikely performances and plays. But in week two, no one did more with what they had than Michigan wide receiver Jeremy Gallon, who is our Big Ten player of the week.

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Rick Osentoski/USA TODAY SportsJeremy Gallon had three touchdowns to equal Mario Manningham's effort against the Irish in 2006.
The 5-foot-8 Gallon tore apart Notre Dame’s defense in a 40-31 win at Michigan Stadium. Here’s a guide to what he did on Saturday night under the lights:
  • He set career bests in touchdowns (three) and yards (184). His three touchdowns bring his season total to four TD receptions in just two games, matching his entire 2012 total.
  • His three touchdown catches were the most by a Michigan player since Mario Manningham did the same against Notre Dame on Sept. 16, 2006. The then11th-ranked Wolverines won that game 47-21 over No. 2 Notre Dame.
  • Gallon's 18 points were more than 11 teams had against Notre Dame last season. Only Alabama (42) and Pittsburgh (26) scored more against the Irish in 2012.
  • Gallon was named the Big Ten’s offensive player of the week. He sits third in the Big Ten in receptions (12) and yards per game (115.5). In both categories, Penn State’s Allen Robinson and Northwestern’s Tony Jones have the advantage. However, Gallon’s average of 19.2 yards per catch is the best in the conference (for those with 10 or more receptions).

Despite his size, Gallon has shown he’s a tough cover. But what makes him even more crucial to Michigan’s success, and what the Wolverine wide receivers take great pride in, is his blocking ability. And on Saturday night after Gallon’s career day, that’s what Michigan coach Brady Hoke chose to compliment.

“I would say first off he's a very, very tough kid,” Hoke said. “As well as he catches the ball, finds those seams and creases, he blocks. When he blocks he gets on people and that’s ... you know, catching the ball is an important thing for him, probably, but he loves to block.”


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