ANN ARBOR—Time flies and Michigan senior wide receiver Jeremy Gallon is very aware of that fact. In his final fall camp with the Wolverines, the 5-foot-8 Florida native is finding it a bit hard to believe.
“Exciting but scary,” Gallon told GoBlueWolverine. “Exciting because I’m just waiting, I just can’t wait until the first game. I’m excited about seeing all of these guys.
“Scary, because it’s my last year and it came by so fast. But, just to go into my last year, it’s amazing, to share it with the other seniors and the underclassmen -- it’s amazing.”
Leading the Wolverines in receiving in 2012, pulling in 49 receptions for 829 yards and four receiving touchdowns, Gallon could be the first Michigan receiver to eclipse the 1,000 yard mark since Mario Manningham did so in 2007.
Enjoying a major spike in production with now junior quarterback Devin Gardner under center for the final five games last season, Gallon envisions special things coming for the passing game.
“Just working out and him doing what he has to do,” Gallon said of Gardner. “(With) him being a relentless competitor, just doing his job and taking on a leadership role as a quarterback, trying to lead the team, and doing everything he has to do for the team. Just working hard up until the first game is more than enough for me. We still have work to be done though.”
Used to filling his role at outside receiver and as a sure-handed punter returner on special teams, Gallon took on a leadership role this off-season. As a senior, Gallon is showing several first and second year receivers the ropes, ready to pass the torch once he departs, officially, in January.
“It’s been amazing,” he said. “Just to see these guys looking up to me and sharing my experience with them and letting them know that everything is going to be ok. I know everything is going by fast right now, it’s coming at you fast but it’s going to be ok.
“And with the rest of the seniors in the receiving core, it’s been amazing, they’ve been doing an excellent job of leading the guys too.”
Viewed as a slot receiver based on his diminutive frame, Gallon is, along with tight end Devin Funchess, and contrary to popular belief, Michigan’s greatest jump ball threat on the outside. Not one to look at press clippings, negative or positive, doubters of his ability isn’t a bother.
“What they think is what they think, man,” Gallon said. “It doesn’t matter to me. Hard work -- can’t beat that. I don’t think size matters at all.”
To watch video of Gallon from media day, press play below.