ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Jeremy Gallon might not be the biggest, or the strongest, or the fastest. But when it comes to blocking -- he’s certainly a willing participant.
“It’s always been a part of me,” said Gallon, who stands at 5-foot-8, 184-pounds. “Because I am not the tallest receiver, I’m not the strongest. But I will give the most effort. I will try my hardest to make everything happen without the ball in my hand.”
A second-team All-Big Ten wide receiver, Gallon finished the regular season with 80 catches for 1,284 yards with nine touchdowns. Gallon 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.
But despite his season accomplishments, Gallon says he takes “pride” in his down the field blocking.
“Just taking pride in blocking and doing things without the ball in your hands,” Gallon said.
Gallon’s unselfish play and willingness to block, is big reason behind him being named the team’s most valuable player on Monday, said Michigan coach Brady Hoke.
“I think the way he goes to work every day,” Hoke said. “The goals that he has for the team, you know? I can’t say I have ever seen him in the three season I’ve been around be selfish. He’s always wanted what’s best for the for the football team and his teammates.
Hoke continued: “I think how he blocks and does things. We kid about it. I love he goes down the field and harasses guys in the secondary. … He’ll do anything you ask him to do, if it’s going to help our team.”