Kansas State’s newest linebacker has a name many fans will recognize.
Eric Gallon II, the son of former K-State standout running back Eric Gallon, has announced he will seek a release from Virginia after spending two seasons with the Cavaliers and transfer to K-State, where he will follow in his father’s footsteps and play for the Wildcats.
“I will be transferring this summer to complete my academic and athletic career at The Kansas State University,” the younger Gallon wrote on Twitter.
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Gallon II is a rising junior who will join the Wildcats with two years of eligibility. He can begin playing for K-State in 2018 after sitting out the upcoming season per NCAA transfer rules.
A former three-star recruit out of Lakeland, Fla., Gallon II appeared in 15 games at Virginia, mostly on special teams. He made two tackles.
His father was a running back under K-State football coach Bill Snyder from 1989-92. Snyder arrived in Manhattan in 1989 and leaned on Gallon’s rushing ability when he became an upperclassman. Gallon led the Wildcats in rushing yards as a junior and a senior, finishing his college career with 1,960 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also caught 59 passes for 526 yards.
Gallon, now the running backs coach at Division III Brevard (N.C.) College, was one of the best players on Snyder’s early K-State teams.
His son will hope to make a similar impact on defense more than two decades later.
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