Saturday, December 28, 2013

WR Gallon looks to top off amazing year with bowl victory

Jeremy Gallon took on wearing Desmond Howard's #21 legend's jersey this season and Jeremy has done the honor proud as he has had a fantastic Senior season.  Jeremy set the Big Ten record for receiving yards in a single game (369 vs. Indiana on 10-19-13) and finished second in the conference in receiving yards per game through the 2013 regular season (12 games, 107 ypg). For these accomplishments and more, Jeremy was voted by his teammates as the 2013 Bo Schembechler Team MVP.

Jeremy has posted a reception in a program record tying 38 straight games.  Furthermore, in his last seven games, Jeremy has caught at least 5 passes each game.  In 2013, Jeremy became the 10th player in Michigan Football history to surpass 1,000 receiving yards in a single season.  In fact, Jeremy is only 47 yards shy of setting a new Michigan single-season mark for receiving yards. However, he has a new QB who will be throwing him the ball in his final game as Devin Gardner is out with an injury.  It will be interesting to see if true freshman QB Shane Morris, who will be making his first start, will be able to deliver the ball to Jeremy.  Jeremy will likely have a huge game as he does for Shane Morris what Braylon Edwards did for a then true freshman Chad Henne in 2004.  That is, Jeremy will likely be the go-to guy for the youngster as Morris tries to find his way.  Jeremy should finish his stellar Michigan career with a big game tonight. Go Blue!

12/29/13- Post-game Update:  Jeremy caught 9 passes for 89 yards and broke the Michigan records for single-season receiving yards and consecutive games with a catch (39).  For good measure, Jeremy also completed a pass to Justice Hayes for a successful two-point conversion. Go Blue!


Shane Morris will be only the third QB in Michigan Football history to start a bowl game as a true freshman

When Shane Morris leads the Wolverines today in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, it will mark only the third time in the 134 years of Michigan Football that a true freshman has started a bowl game at Quarterback.  In fact, only five other Michigan quarterbacks have ever started a game during their true freshman season. They are:

  • Rick Leach- 1975: 11 games including the 1976 Orange Bowl
  • Rich Hewlett- 1979: The M/OSU game
  • Chad Henne- 2004: 12 games including the 2005 Rose Bowl
  • Ryan Mallett- 2007: 3 games
  • Tate Forcier- 2009: 12 games
It should be noted that of the two above-mentioned quarterbacks who started bowl games (Leach and Henne), neither were able to secure a victory.  Leach and the Wolverines lost in the 1976 Orange Bowl 14-6 to the eventual National Champion Oklahoma Sooners.  As for Henne, he and his teammates came up just short in a classic 38-37 battle against Texas in the Rose Bowl.  Therefore, if Morris can lead Team 134 to victory today in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, he will be the first true freshman in Michigan Football history to quarterback the Wolverines to a bowl game victory! Go Blue!!!

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