Today is a great day to wish happy birthday to a Michigan Wolverine named Jeremy J. Gallon. Jeremy is simply one of the most prolific receivers in Michigan Football history. According to the Wikipedia article linked below, Jeremy Jermaine Gallon was born on this date in Apopka, Florida.
Part I. Wolverine of the Day – Jeremy J. Gallon
Although he didn’t grow up to be a very big man, Jeremy became a BIG TIME high school football player at Apopka High School. By the time he left high school, Gallon had a ton of school records and a four-star rating as a future college football player. He was the eleventh ranked high school receiver in the country. The talented Gallon choose to play for Rich Rodriguez at Michigan in 2009.
Jeremy didn’t play in his first year. He burned his red-shirt and focused on learning the Spread Offense that Rodriguez was running. Gallon started playing in 2010 and didn’t take a break until he graduated. He proved himself to be a very capable player who could get open and make all the catches. In all the years that he played at Michigan I only remember a couple of dropped balls. The rest were catches and many were flat-out spectacular!
Jeremy J. Gallon had a good year in 2010, but it was mostly on special teams. He did a very capable job of returning punts and kickoffs. Jeremy did catch four passes for forty-nine yards and one touchdown. It was a start, but there were still lots of downs, and plays, ahead of him. Unfortunately for Rich Rodriguez, he was out of downs, and plays, after being blown out by Mississippi State in the Gator Bowl (14-52). Jeremy Gallon would have to play for another coach, if he chose to stay at Michigan.
The good news for Jeremy and Michigan was that he stayed at Michigan. Then, the fun really began for him in 2011. Jeremy J. Gallon’s productivity went up in every area as he ran the ball, caught the ball and continued to return punts and kickoffs. He was a very busy young man on football Saturdays. I am certain that he slept very well on game day. Exhaustion will do that!
During his last two years at Michigan (2012 and 2013) Jeremy J.Gallon became one of the “go-to-guys” in the Michigan offense. I can’t remember how many times he caught a critical pass on third down, but I know it was a lot. He was clutch! Jeremy went from being a highly productive player to a record-setter!
Jeremy Gallon ended his Michigan career with some very impressive numbers. His name is all over the receiver section of the Michigan record book. He rushed for 97 yards on 17 carries which is an average of 5.7 yards per carry. He returned 32 kickoffs for 658 yards and averaged 20.6 yards per return. His punt return average was 7.1 yards on 47 returns for 333 yards. Of course, his biggest impact was as a receiver. He finished his career with 173 catches for 2,704 yards. Jeremy averaged 15.6 yards per reception and scored seventeen receiving touchdowns. If you add up all the impressive numbers you will see that Jeremy had a total of 3,792 yards on 269 “touches.”
Yes, today is a good day to remember the very prolific Michigan football career of Jeremy J. Gallon. He was an outstanding player who brought Michigan fans to their feet more times than I can remember. Jeremy gave everything he had to his coaches and to Michigan. He left Michigan with four letters, a Sugar Bowl championship, some receiving records and enough good memories to last a lifetime. Pound-for-pound, he is also one of the toughest men to ever wear the winged helmet. Thank you, Jeremy Gallon for your contributions to the great history of Michigan Football. I hope you have a very happy birthday today! Go Blue!
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Part II. Trivia Question of the Day – February 8, 2018
In what year did the Wolverines cross an international border to play a football game?
Part II. Trivia Question Answer for February 8, 2018 – 1880
Team #2 – the 1880 version of the Michigan Wolverines, was the first, and only, Michigan Football team to play in another country. Captain John Chase led his players on a trip to Toronto, Canada for the only game of the season. Michigan won the game by a score of 13-6 in front of a crowd of about 300 people.
So, the Wolverines finished the season with a perfect record of 1 win and 0 losses. The only “one game” season in Michigan Football History started and ended on the same day. Yes, November 5, 1880 was a historic day in Wolverine football lore!
Part III. Trivia Question of the Day – February 9, 2018
Who holds the record for the most points scored in a single Michigan Football game?