Ann Arbor — So the thing about Michigan receiver Jeremy Gallon is that cliché about playing bigger than you actually are is absolutely fitting.
Gallon is 5-foot-8, but his performance in Michigan’s 63-47 victory over Indiana on Saturday at Michigan Stadium was absolutely Goliath. Gallon, a fifth-year senior, set a single-game school record and Big Ten record with 369 receiving yards.
He had 14 receptions and two touchdowns, including a 50-yarder from quarterback and close friend Devin Gardner, who set a Michigan single-game record for total offense with 584 yards, leading the Wolverines to 751 yards.
When Gardner was asked what makes Gallon so tough, he leaned to his right toward Gallon whispering to him for more exact details on his height.
“Are you 5-8 or 5-7?” Gardner said to Gallon.
Gallon whispered inaudibly into Gardner’s ear.
“Since he’s only 5-9 … ” Gardner said, drawing laughter in the postgame news conference. “I think (opponents) might underestimate him some but he has the same skills as all the taller receivers. He can go get the high balls, he’s really quick in and out of his cuts, and it’s a terror for opposing defenses. He’s a good player.”
Devin Funchess, the 6-foot-4 tight end now playing receiver, has drawn attention from Gallon, who found himself earlier in the season being double-teamed.
But against Indiana, Gallon had a cushion and was rarely guarded.
“I guess they focused in on Funchess and forgot about me,” Gallon said.
Fifth-year senior tailback Fitz Toussaint, who finished with 151 rushing yards, said watching Gallon pile up yards was like playing the NCAA football video game.
“It’s just crazy,” Toussaint said. “People underestimate him, but you can’t leave him one-on-one because he’s going to make big plays like that.”
Gallon, like Gardner, said he had no idea he had set a record until moments before the news conference when he was informed by team officials. Gallon said his only focus was getting a win to successfully rebound from Michigan’s loss at Penn State a week ago.
Michigan coach Brady Hoke praised Gallon for being a competitor who runs good routes, finds open spaces and has great hands.
“Jeremy is to me, a tough guy who really is a little slippery at times,” Gardner said. “Yards after the catch are usually decent with him. He’s a total wide receiver, because if he wasn’t catching it, he’d be working his tail off blocking.”
Gallon’s 369 yards against Indiana was only 93 yards shy of his total through the six previous games. Gallon now has 45 receptions for 831 yards this season.