POSITION RANKING: Gailliard, a two-star prospect, is not rated by Scout.com.
SENIOR YEAR STATS: 39 carries, 482 yards (12.4 yard per carry), six touchdowns; 37 catches, 570 yards (15.4 yards per catch), six touchdowns in 12 games played.
COMMITTED TO SMU OVER: Colorado State and New Mexico.
SIDE NOTE: Gailliard’s favorite hobby outside of football is fishing.
AUDIBLE: “I can finally get started at SMU. The change has begun and I’m just ready to get to SMU as soon as possible and make the changes that need to be made.”
How Gailliard fits
Gailliard will serve as SMU’s gadget player, lining up all over the formation. He could be used in similar ways that the Philadelphia Eagles use Darren Sproles, although Gailliard isn’t as fast or athletic as Sproles.
What Gailliard brings
Gailliard isn’t a home-run threat, but he brings versatility. He can line up in the slot and all over the backfield. He’s a smooth route-runner who will see a lot of targets on short and intermediate routes from the slot, and he uses his route-running skills and surprisingly long strides to separate from defenders.
What to Expect Freshman Year
Gaillard needs to be more physically mature; at 5-foot-9, 165 pounds, he should add more weight to withstand the beating he’ll take as an offensive player. He’ll get in the weight room right away, and could take a redshirt year to focus on his weight training.
Career Expectations for Gailliard
While he won’t likely be an immediate contributor, Gailliard should still be a useful piece for SMU. Few guys on the roster have his versatility, and that should help him become a good role player used for high-percentage, methodical, move-the-chains plays.