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.”