Monday, September 9, 2013
Player of the week: Big Ten
By Chantel Jennings
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.
Jeremy 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.”