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Returning Dominators: No. 1 Michael Gallup

In this series, I’m breaking down the top-10 returning college wide receivers from 2016 by dominator rating (DR), using our FBS WR database. If you’re unfamiliar with dominator rating, it’s a receiver’s combined market share for yardage and TDs. While it’s only one element in receiver evaluation – and requires age and experience adjustments to tell the full story – it provides an excellent snapshot of a player’s role within his offense. 

Consider this an early look at potential rookies next year. Some of the names may surprise you. Coming in at No. 1 is Michael Gallup.


Gallup is a 6-foot-1-inch, 200-pound wide receiver from Monroe, Georgia. He attended Monroe High School and earned 16 varsity letters. Four each in football, basketball, baseball, and track and field. Gallup hoped to play basketball at the collegiate level, but football became his primary focus after his sophomore year. He seemed to recognize his path to college was on the football field, but at what position?

Gallup played quarterback for a time in a triple-option offense and was tasked with getting the ball downfield through the air. His contributions as a receiver were limited until teaming up with current North Carolina wide receiver Stanton Truitt. With Truitt taking over as the main quarterback, Gallup was able to make his impact at wide receiver. His production garnered offers from Western Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina State, East Carolina, and Kentucky. However, the three-star prospect didn’t have the standardized test scores those programs wanted and enrolled at Butler County Community College in Eldorado, Kansas, instead.


At Butler, Gallup was an immediate force and led the Grizzlies in every receiving category. He played in all 11 games, hauling in 44 receptions for 780 yards (23 percent market share) and 11 touchdowns (29 percent market share). As a freshman, his 26 percent dominator rating was encouraging. Unfortunately, he didn’t have a chance to build on that production as an ankle injury limited him to only three games.1 247 Sports rated him a three-star prospect once again, and he received multiple offers from Kansas State, UNLV, and New Mexico before committing to Colorado State in January of 2016.

Much like he did at Butler, Gallup stepped onto the field and immediately dominated the WR group. With his ankle injury behind him, he played all 13 games and led the Rams in every receiving category by a wide margin. Gallup finished 2016 with 76 receptions for 1,272 yards (40 percent market share) and 14 touchdowns (48 percent market share) for a 44 percent dominator rating. That was sixth in all of FBS last season and the highest of any non-senior. His 76 receptions and 1,272 receiving yards are fifth all-time at CSU for a single season. It’s no surprise Gallup was named first-team All-Mountain West.

G Rec Rec Yds Rec TD Team Passing Team TDs MS Yards MS TD Dom
11 44 780 11 3400 38 0.23 0.29 0.26
3 9 74 1 2160 16 0.03 0.06 0.05
13 76 1272 14 3181 29 0.4 0.48 0.44


Gallup’s strong production continued into 2017, albeit inconsistently. He once again led the Rams in every receiving category by a wide margin, catching 100 passes for a school-record 1,418 yards (37 percent market share) and seven TDs (24 percent market share). He was a finalist for the  Biletnikoff Award and a Consensus All-American.

Jordan Hoover addressed the inconsistency in his prospect review before the New Mexico Bowl:

Gallup’s Dominator Rating dipped to 0.32 in 2017, largely due to the precipitous drop in TD production compared to 2016. Still, his market share numbers impress compared to 2017’s Tier Two prospects and when measured against last year’s four-year seniors.

Gallup played his final game for the Rams in the New Mexico Bowl this past Saturday. He had 68 yards on six receptions but was held out of the end zone as the Rams fell to Marshall. If you missed the bowl game, you have one last chance to watch him as he plays in the Reese’s Senior Bowl on January 27th at 2:30 EST.

  1. He produced only nine receptions for 74 yards and a touchdown but his strong 2014 kept him on the recruiting map.  (back)

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