As Brady Hoke continues to mold the Michigan Wolverines into the team he wants them to be, you can count on more pro-style sets and offensive balance coming into play. That means quarterback Devin Gardner will affect games more with his arm than his legs as former quarterback Denard Robinson did. The biggest benefactor to that shift in 2013 could be wide receiver Jeremy Gallon who is ready to close out his Michigan career with a boom.
Gallon was the team’s leading receiver in 2012, catching 49 passes for 829 yards and four touchdowns. He finished the season on a very strong note with Gardner under center, catching five passes or more in each of his final four games, capped by a nine-catch, 145-yard, two-touchdown performance against the South Carolina Gamecocks in the Outback Bowl. With a full offseason to build chemistry with Gardner, Gallon should continue that hot finish through next fall.
At 5-foot-8, 187 pounds, Gallon isn’t a prototypical receiver that can go up and win every jump ball that is thrown his way. He relies on his athleticism and route-running ability to get the ball in space and make defenders miss after the catch. That playmaking ability will make him a key piece to Hoke’s offense in 2013 as he finds ways to get Gardner into a rhythm early, which could include plenty of quick and easy looks to Gallon.
What he does with those opportunities will decide just how high his star will rise next season. He has the skill set to be a dynamic force in the passing game and a matchup nightmare for defensive coordinators as Hoke moves him all over the formation, but can he capitalize and break through in 2013?