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September 9, 2013After his enormous night in Michigan's 42-30 victory over Notre Dame, fifth-year senior wide receiver Jeremy Gallon has been named the Big Ten Offensive Player Of The Week.
Gallon caught eight passes for career-highs in yards (184) and touchdowns (three). He added a 14-yard rush on a reverse, finishing with 198 total offensive yards.
Gallon's 184 yards is tied for the sixth-highest single-game receiving total in program history. Roy Roundtree (2009-12) holds the Michigan record, with 246 receiving yards against Illinois in 2010. Gallon's three touchdowns are tied for second most in single-season program history, behind Derrick Alexander, who caught four touchdown passes against Minnesota in 1992.
Against the Irish, Gallon accounted for 62.6 percent of Gardner's 294 total passing yards - and 43.0 percent of the Wolverines' 460 total yards of offense, impressive numbers for a wide receiver.
Gallon either moved the chains or scored a touchdown on seven of his nine touches in the game. One of the two touches that didn't was a 13-yard snag on a second and 23 that helped put Michigan in position for fifth-year senior placekicker Brendan Gibbons to knock through a 38-yard field goal.
"I could never imagine me doing something like this," Gallon said, after the game. "I just imagine myself coming out and playing for the team, playing my role as a teammate and as a leader and as a senior on this team. In a game this big, it's not me. It's the rest of the offense. I can't take all the credit. It goes to my teammates as well."
Gallon is the first Wolverine to win Big Ten Offensive Player Of The Week since quarterback Devin Gardner in Nov. 2012 after Michigan defeated Iowa, 42-17.