To say that Jeremy Gallon took advantage of the Indiana Hoosiers‘ inexperienced secondary would be an understatement. Not only did the Michigan Wolverines throw Gallon’s way more than 19 times on Saturday, the senior wide receiver finished the game with 14 catches, 369 receiving yards and two touchdowns.
Considering Gallon wears No. 21 for the Wolverines, it’s easy to compare his fantastic career to that of Michigan great and fellow No. 21 Desmond Howard. However, Gallon did something in Week 8 that Howard or any other Big Ten superstar has done. Gallon’s 369 receiving yards broke a Big Ten record that was previously held by Purdue Boilermaker‘s Chris Daniels when he went for 301 yards vs. Michigan State in 1999.
As a senior, Gallon will enter the 2014 NFL Draft this spring where he’s sure to be a first- or second-round selection. After an afternoon with over 360 yards, the Wolverines’ wide receiver is already getting comparisons to Wes Welker and is being called the best collegiate wideout since Larry Fitzgerald was still in school. While that kind of talk is fun, it’s also a tad premature as Gallon stands at just 5-foot-8, which means his body won’t take kindly to the rigors of the NFL.
While I fully expect Gallon to be playing on Sundays someday soon, it would be foolish to expect Gallon to burst onto the scene considering the St. Louis Rams‘ Tavon Austin has been awful in his rookie campaign with a league-high seven dropped passes.