January 2, 2013

Hot 11: Jeremy Gallon experiences career day

Michigan's loss to South Carolina in the Outback Bowl overshadowed some terrific individual performances by Wolverines, including a highlight afternoon for receiver Jeremy Gallon.








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face="verdana">Jeremy Gallon,

WR

style="font-family: verdana;">One of the smallest players
on the field for Michigan was its biggest star in the
Outback Bowl after Gallon set career highs for receptions
(nine), yards (145) and touchdowns (two). He twice gave
U-M the lead with his TD grabs in the second half, while
seven of his nine grabs went for first downs or
scores. 


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face="verdana">Devin Gardner,

QB

style="font-family: verdana;">It
was a mixed bag of spectacular and lackluster efforts for
Gardner, who would complete only 50.0 percent of his
passes while turning the ball over twice. However, the
junior signal-caller made big play after big play in the
second half, rushing for 38 yards while throwing for two
of his three touchdowns in staking Michigan to 22-21 and
28-27 leads.

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face="verdana">Denard Robinsonface="verdana">,

RB/QB

face="verdana">In his final game in a winged helmet,
Robinson dazzled once more, recording the 20th 100-yard
rushing effort of his career as he tied Tyrone Wheatley
for third all time among U-M ball carriers in that
category. Robinson did most of his damage at running back,
rushing 16 times for 72 yards in proving to NFL brass he
has a future as an offensive playmaker.

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face="verdana">Taylor
Lewan
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OT

style="font-family: verdana;">style="font-family: verdana;">On the heels of a 4.5-sack
game against Clemson, USC D-End Jadeveon Clowney was
largely held in-check by Lewan, who did not allow a sack
in the Outback Bowl. Clowney would finish with two tackles
for loss, but only one in beating Lewan. The junior left
tackle played superbly and is expected to enter the NFL
Draft. 
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style="font-family: verdana;">Drew Dileo,


WR

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The junior was on the other end of Gardner's "flick,"
hauling in a five-yard TD pass in the first half. He wound
up with three catches for 22 yards, and he also rushed for
seven yards, picking up a first down on a fake field goal.
U-M's holder, Dileo also helped steady the nerves and the
football for three made field goals.

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face="verdana">Brendan Gibbons,

PK

face="verdana">After failing to appear in Michigan's final
two regular-season games, Gibbons picked up where he left
off, drilling two kicks right down the middle, good from
39 and 40 yards, as he extended his streak of consecutive
field-goal conversions to 13. Gibbons finished his year 16
of 18 (88.9 percent). 

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face="verdana">Matt Wile,

PK/P

face="verdana">Wile stepped in brilliantly for the
suspended Will Hagerup at punter, averaging 48.0 yards on
four kicks, including a booming 56-yarder. The sophomore
was also given a shot to attempt a long field goal, and
like he did earlier this season, calmly drilled it,
connecting from 52 yards, tying Gibbons' 52-yarder as
U-M's longest this season. face="verdana">
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face="verdana">Jake Ryan,

LB

face="verdana">It wasn't a banner day for the defense, but
the redshirt sophomore linebacker managed to make a few
big plays. He had 1.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage,
finishing with 16.0 tackles for loss on the year,
including 4.5 sacks to lead the Wolverines, and also
scooped up a fumble in the Outback Bowl loss.

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face="verdana">Roy Roundtree,

WR

style="font-family: verdana;">Following a season-best game
against Ohio State in the regular-season finale, Roundtree
probably envisioned going out with a bang in his final
collegiate contest. Instead, the senior made just three
grabs for 27 yards, however, the snags were important
catches for the Maize and Blue offense. face="verdana">

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face="verdana">Joe Bolden,

LB

face="verdana">With senior Kenny Demens out early in this
game with an injury, Bolden stepped in at middle
linebacker and played the most minutes of his career. The
true freshman snuffed out a screen pass, laying one of the
best hits of the day, and finished with one TFL among 2.5
stops.

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face="verdana">Quinton Washington,

DT



style="font-family: verdana;">The redshirt junior will
anchor Michigan's defensive line next season, and on
Tuesday he showed further glimpses of his potential.
Washington notched the first sack of his career and his
third tackle for loss. He also got his big paws on a
field-goal try, blocking the kick in stifling a scoring
opportunity for South Carolina. 
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