Michigan Football: Jeremy Gallon Will Lead Wolverines to Huge Win over MSU

Bill PivetzCorrespondent IIIOctober 18, 2012

Jeremy Gallon had 1 catch for 71 yards and a touchdown against Illinois.
Jeremy Gallon had 1 catch for 71 yards and a touchdown against Illinois.Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

The Michigan Wolverines go into their in-state rivalry game against Michigan State at 4-2.

The 23rd-ranked Wolverines defeated Illinois last week 45-0 and are 2-0 in the Big Ten Conference.

Denard Robinson finished 7-of-11 for 159 yards and two touchdowns, including a 71-yard pass to junior wide receiver Jeremy Gallon, who is leading the team with 15 receptions and 287 yards.

Although Gallon only has one touchdown this season, he’s getting the targets from Robinson. In games 3-5, Gallon hauled in nine passes for 102 yards.

Gallon puts up consistent numbers and is a reliable receiver for Robinson. He can catch passes downfield or screen passes, like he did last week. He also helps out in the rushing game. In the Week 6 game against Purdue, Gallon had three rushes for 13 yards.

He won’t be the team’s leading rusher, but he can pick up a first down or two every once in a while.

In last year’s game against Michigan State, Gallon had three receptions for only 43 yards and was held without a touchdown. The Spartans won the game 28-14 as they sacked Robinson four times.

The Wolverines' offensive line is much better than it was last year. They have provided great protection for Robinson in the passing game as they have only allowed five sacks on the year, but none allowed in the last two games.

The Wolverines score an average of 33.8 points per game, which will prove tough for the Spartans to stop. Sitting at 1-2 in the Big Ten, Michigan State needs a big game from their defense to stop Robinson. In their last three games, MSU’s defense has allowed 520 passing yards and four touchdowns.

Michigan is a primarily rush-first team, but Robinson has the ability to throw when the time is right. In six games, the Wolverines have 1395 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns. However, MSU has only allowed 639 rushing yards and three touchdowns.

Even if Jeremy Gallon doesn’t have a touchdown this game, he will be a consistent part of the Wolverines' offensive attack.