Gallup will share with “other guys”

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Mike Bro­hard

FORT COLLINS» Colorado State’s Michael Gallup is the best weapon at wide re­ceiver in the Moun­tain West.

A first-team all-con­fer­ence pick af­ter his ju­nior year, there was no shock in see­ing him on the pre­sea­son all-con­fer­ence list. It was a given af­ter he posted the num­bers he did — 76 catches for 1,272 yards and 14 touch­downs — and the re­al­ity is, he didn’t re­ally click in coach Mike Bobo’s sys­tem un­til the sec­ond half of the sea­son.

In the fi­nal eight games, Gallup caught 58 passes for 1,024 yards and 12 touch­downs, re­mind­ing many of the ex­ploits of for­mer star Rashard Hig­gins.

Now fully versed in the of­fen­sive sys­tem, Gallup could ex­plode in 2017, even with de­fenses paint­ing a tar­get on him. It makes one won­der if any­body is giv­ing a sec­ond thought to those other guys the Rams will line up at wide re­ceiver.

Not that the “other guys” care.

“I’ve never been too big of a guy who has to have all the pop­u­lar­ity and stuff,” ju­nior Bisi John­son said. “I like stay­ing low-key, so if I’m the ‘other guys,’ I’m OK. I’ll play my role, I’ll go out on Satur­days and I’ll make my plays.”

John­son, from a Bear Creek High School, proved it against Idaho in the Potato Bowl. He snared seven passes for a school-best 265 yards, scor­ing two touch­downs. One of his scor­ing catches was for 73 yards, or 8 longer than Gallup’s best.

Those seven re­cep­tions rep­re­sented a quar­ter of John­son’s sea­son to­tal. John­son fig­ures he’ll get the chance to back up that per­for­mance.

John­son’s catches in the bowl were just two short of the sea­son to­tal Det­rich Clark com­piled in 2016, good for 90 yards and one touch­down. Although the ju­nior col­lege trans­fer would line up in the slot, he was mainly used as a rusher on sweeps, fin­ish­ing with 36 car­ries and three TDs. What the for­mer quar­ter­back never re­ally be­came adept at was run­ning routes.

So he worked all off­sea­son and spring on re­plac­ing choppy steps with long strides, hit­ting cuts and find­ing open space. He earned praise for his rapid de­vel­op­ment, then con­tin­ued to re­fine what he learned head­ing into fall camp.

In a three-wide out set, John­son and Clark will of­ten be on the same side, and they feel they play to each other’s strengths. Clark is quicker com­ing out of the slot; John­son is more pre­cise with his routes on the out­side.

Gallup be­lieves de­fend­ers are go­ing to be versed on names other than his be­fore the con­fer­ence sched­ule hits.

“It’s not go­ing to take long. I hon­estly be­lieve that,” Gallup said. “We saw it in the bowl game last year. Bisi can do just about as good as any wide re­ceiver in this con­fer­ence. Det­rich Clark, he is go­ing to sur­prise ev­ery­body. No­body re­ally knows about him, but he’s go­ing to blow up this year. This first game we have, it’s go­ing to be the first test, and I think they’re go­ing to do great.”

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