Jeremy Gallon became Michigan's first wide receiver to take home Most Valuable Player honors since Jason Avant in 2005 when his teammates bestowed that distinction upon him at Monday's Football Bust.
"The team voted on this award and they got it right," head coach Brady Hoke said. "I think the guys were paying attention every day. He won this award because of what he does.
"He's too little to play, too short, but he's as good as any big receiver that I've ever been around.
"He just doesn't show up on Saturdays. He works at his craft. He works at being the best he can be.
"He takes great pride in putting a defensive back on the ground. That pride is something the young guys on this team hopefully recognize."
Gallon finished his senior season with 80 receptions for 1,284 yards and nine touchdowns, and needs just 47 yards to break the Michigan single-season receiving record. He also had a Big Ten single-game record 369 yards in a win over Indiana.
The soft-spoken 5-8, 184-pound Apopka, Fla., native was quite surprised and quite overwhelmed when awarded the MVP plaque.
"Everything I do, I do for my team," he said. "I go out there every day, and then every Saturday I put everything on the line for you all. I never wanted any recognition because it's not about me. It's about the team. That's it."
In addition to Gallon, redshirt junior Jake Ryan was named the Roger Zatkoff Award winner as the top linebacker, senior Taylor Lewan, who upon accepting the award said it should be shared with classmate and right tackle Michael Schofield, was the Hugh H. Rader Offensive Lineman of the Year, and junior Frank Clark was named the Dick Katcher Award recipient as the top defensive lineman.
Senior wide receiver Joe Reynolds took home the Dr. Arthur D. Robinson Scholarship Award and was one of the three Wolverines, along with senior linebacker Cam Gordon and senior receiver Drew Dileo, to be named a recipient of the Robert P. Ufer Bequest award for enthusiasm and love of Michigan.
TheWolverine.com will have more from the Bust in the hours to come.