Michigan Football: Jeremy Gallon — Preview for Patriots — Part I
Jeremy Gallon — Easy To Root For And Fun To Watch
This summary of New England Patriot seventh round draft pick Jeremy Gallon is intended to provide our sister site, Musket Fire, with an overview and analysis of Jeremy Gallon. Our readership at GBMWolverine will gladly read again and again about a proud Michigan alumnus.
First, character does count, and following that basic underlying assumption it becomes easy to label Jeremy as a high character guy. He has very good perception, on and off the field; he will not take long to figure out what the coaching staff and organization demands to be a representative of the New England Patriots.Jeremy came to Michigan from Apopka, Florida, a tough area. During his high school career, a few of Apopka’s games were on national television. The article’s author can say that he thoroughly enjoyed watching Jeremy play. He played about everything from wildcat to wideout, including kick returner and featured running back. Jeremy played with toughness and may as well had a sign hanging on him that stated, “I love to play football.”
Jeremy was a known quantity, but was not really a “big star” draw on the recruiting sites that tend to dramatize the rise and fall of star ratings. Jeremy was a high three-star or low four-star running back.
He came to Michigan in part because of the tremendous academic support program Michigan athletics provides; truly it is a program that defines the very best of any such effort. Academics at Michigan are challenging and Jeremy frequently stated he was a student first and a player second. He became the first in his family to receive a university degree. Again, such a venture is the way Jeremy views the world; he can understand and link the tenets that define success.
Jeremy’s program height is 5’ 8” and his weight is stated at 185 or so pounds. If Patriot fans were to see Jeremy outside at a practice in street clothes, the guess here is that unless he was known by recognition few would conclude he was a college star attempting to make an NFL roster. Jeremy has a scholarly look about him and he is, make no mistake, indeed small. But smart and tough and talented has overcome that long-lasting moniker.But not to worry Patriot fans, the one overriding descriptor GBMWolverine has long used to best describe Gallon is that he simply is a football player. He may not wow the viewer, but eventually a comment such as “That little guy can play” comes forth. Jeremy is not Percy Harvin; he is not nearly as fast, but he is just as versatile. A “poor man’s Harvin” is not at all a bad summative description of young Jeremy.
Now the discussion turns to Coach Belichick’s pet character trait: work ethic. Here Jeremy Gallon shines. He will need physical training, he will need mental preparation, he will need practice, and he will need familiarity. But Jeremy will never need to be motivated. Neither has he had the easy road, nor has he chosen to seek one. Jeremy chose Michigan knowing the academic road would be more difficult than the typical athlete’s route. He is thrilled to be getting a chance to make the Patriot roster. There may be the typical nervousness and mistakes a low round choice exhibits in practice, but there will be no fear or nagging doubts eating up confidence.
Part II will cover his time at Michigan today at noon.
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