ANN ARBOR -- As Michigan heads into its Big Ten opener this Saturday against Minnesota, there has been questions or even doubts on if the Wolverines can sustain and compete for a conference championship.
Well, don’t tell Jeremy Gallon that.
Gallon, a fifth-year senior wide receiver, says the Wolverines can still win a Big Ten crown, as long as they stay focused cut back on mistakes.
“Absolutely,” said Gallon, when asked if the Michigan can still win the Big Ten. “there is no doubt in my heart that we can’t do whatever we want to do and whatever we set our mind on doing. To me there is nothing that can stop us –but us.”
While the wins over Akron (28-24) and Connecticut (24-21) haven’t been pretty to the outside world , Gallon says he’s not worried about Michigan’s critics as long as they continue winning.
“I really don’t worry about the outside hype or the talk about us,” Gallon said. “I mean, I have full confidence in my team. And I know that we can go out and do what we have to do to win the game. No matter if we’re up by one or if we win by one or if we win by 50 – it’s still a win. The thing we have to do is limit our mistakes and come out and play the way we know how to.”
Despite being undefeated, the Wolverines have struggled these past two games with inconsistent play offensively and have turned the ball over six times. Gallon says that fundamentals have been a major focus for the Wolverines during their bye week and if those mistakes are corrected – Michigan should be fine when they take on the weak Minnesota this weekend.
“Just coming out and playing the way we know how to play,” Gallon said. “Just playing fast and physical. And just doing our jobs and limiting our mental mistakes and just coming playing the way we know how to play.”
Working with Gardner
During his bye week, Gallon took extra time to work with quarterback Devin Gardner to get back the timing they had in the Notre Dame game, where the duo connected for eight catches for 184-yards and three touchdowns.
“(We are) working together a lot,” Gallon said. “Just on our time, you know, running routes and spending a lot of time together. Watching film with one another. Just talking over the phone what we should do and what we need to do. Spending a lot time communicating with one another about our goals and what we need to do to accomplish those.”
With Gallon be the clear cut No. 1 WR for the Wolverines, sometimes Gardner has a tendency to look his way too early in routes, causing converge to collapse. However, Gallon says that regardless of what happens during the play – he must come down with the ball.
“I can’t speak for him,” said Gallon on Gardner’s throwing tendencies. “but I know for me when a ball is thrown to me, even if I am surrounded by guys – I need to come down with the ball. It’s not just him. It’s both of (us). We both play a part in the situation.”
On catching a ball in 30 straight games
“It means I’m doing something for my team. Just playing football. Just having a love for the game and just going out and doing what you love doing. As a receiver your job is to block and catch balls. And when the ball is thrown to you – you’re coming down with it. It means a lot.”