ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Jeremy Gallon has always been a team player.
That was evident Monday night, when Gallon was named Michigan's Bo Schembechler most valuable player award at the team banquet.
A day later, the fifth-year senior said he was “surprised” by the award that was voted bestowed to him by his teammates.
“It was a surprise,” Gallon said. “I wasn’t expecting it. I was expecting Taylor (Lewan) or (Fitzgerald Toussaint) or somebody. It was a huge surprise for me to hear that. But I’m glad I got it.
“I already hung it up on my wall.”
A second-team All-Big Ten wide receiver, Gallon finished the regular season with 80 catches for 1,284 yards with nine touchdowns.
“It was always a goal to be the best player I can be,” Gallon said. “To be the most valuable player on the team – I didn’t envision that. I’m a team player I just do whatever for my team. The awards and stats I could care less about.”
“Just to know my team thought of me as the most valuable player on the team was something special to me.”
Gallon – who stands at 5-foot-8 – is only 47 yards away from breaking Braylon Edwards (2004) single-season receiving yard record when he plays against Kansas State in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl on Dec. 28.
“I’m aware of it,” Gallon said. “It doesn’t mean anything until we get the win. And just focusing in on today and tomorrow. Just preparing up until the bowl game. I realize it – but it means nothing to me now.”
Gallon’s 80 receptions rank fifth all time on the single-season list. He has caught a pass in 38 straight games, and with a catch against KSU, he will be the new leader in that category.