P.J. Gallo, Sophomore (RS), Tight end, #88
Collegiate Stats: 13 games
High School Stats (Senior Year): 14 receptions for 185 yards, 144 tackles, seven pass breakups, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, three blocked kicks
247sports composite Ratings: Three stars, 33rd-best tight end, 21st-best player in Pennsylvania
Who Maryland beat: NC State, North Carolina, Northwestern, Pittsburgh, Virginia
High School: Council Rock South
Hometown: Holland, Penn.
High School Highlights:
How'd He Get to College Park?
P.J. Gallo was a star defensive end who happened to play tight end in high school -- over his last two years of high school ball, Gallo had over 230 tackles and only 26 receptions, but it was enough to earn him Suburban One first-team honors at tight end in 2011. Gallo was also named first team all-state and to the Mini Maxwell Award team that year, awarded to players in the Greater Philadelphia/South Jersey region who "exhibit excellent academics, outstanding football performance and a strong commitment to community service".
Profiling the entire team
In his first year on campus, Gallo redshirted, and won four separate scout team player of the week awards -- three on special teams, one on offense. Last season, he won the George Boutselis Award " for the student-athlete who lettered in football with the highest GPA while adhering to the goals of the student-athlete ideal." He also played in all 13 games, mostly on special teams.
"Pasquale." This is a reversal, as it's his real name but he goes by a nickname.
Winning the George Boutselis Award.
Gallo wins the starting job and catches at least three touchdown passes.
Gallo is in a three-way battle for the starting tight end job, competing with Andrew Isaacs and Derrick Hayward. Isaacs and Gallo saw a lot of playing time on special teams last season, and Isaacs is the higher-touted recruit, but Gallo is likely the favorite here. He was Dave Stinebaugh's backup last season, and saw game action as a tight end at points throughout the year. Even if he gets beat out by Isaacs or Hayward, expect him to see a lot of the field this season.
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