Michigan's Jeremy Gallon not frustrated with lack of punt return yardage
ANN ARBOR -- Jeremy Gallon hasn't been a punt returner this season as much as he's been a punt fielder.
Gallon, currently the Michigan football team's top pass-catcher and primary punt returner, has only returned two punts for a total of four yards.
Which means, he's done a lot of fair catching.
Through five games, Gallon has opted for a fair catch a total of 12 times, part of the reason why the Wolverines rank No. 102 nationally in punt return yardage.
But Gallon doesn't care about those stats. He's fine with the way he's handled his special teams duties this season.
"There just hasn't been room (for returns), but I'm fine with what the punt return team has been doing," Gallon said. "If I get my chance, I get my chance.
"If I don't, I don't."
Part of the reason why Gallon says he's not frustrated is the fact that he hasn't lost a punt this season. As a freshman in 2010, handling kicks and hanging onto the football was a documented problem for Gallon.
Two years later, he's been about as sure-handed as it gets in the back end. And for that reason, Michigan coach Brady Hoke hasn't even considered making a switch at punt returner -- despite the lack of yardage.
"Like him (as a returner)," Hoke said earlier this week. "Love him."
Gallon says it's ultimately his decision to return a punt, or play it safe.
More often than not this season, he's played it safe. And if he continues to do so for the rest of 2012 without a fumble, odds are, he'll be just fine with that.
"I do get tempted (to chance it), but you've got to keep a steady head," Gallon says. "It's not difficult. I'm always thinking about the game, and the situation. It's easy to make a good decision.
"It's also easy to make a bad decision ... But I'll stick with the good ones."