Countdown to Kickoff: #95 Brandon Cannon

Reserve defensive end Brandon Cannon is one of many <i>younger</i> players on the Tigers' defense trying to crack the two-deep depth chart. Can the redshirt sophomore increase his total number of snaps this season?

DE Brandon Cannon
6-3, 255
Stephenson HS
Stone Mountain, GA

Quick Bio
Cannon was an All-county performer both his junior and senior seasons, and an honorable mention all-state who had nine sacks and participated in the Tennessee-Georgia All-Star game his senior year. He helped lead his high school to a 10-3 record and the third round of the state playoffs.
The Scoop
Cannon, orginally a "4-star" prospect by, is a developing defensive end with good size and excellent potential. Despite limited playing time during his first year of action in 2003, his best days clearly are ahead of him.

Key Points
  • As a redshirt freshman, defensive end Brandon Cannon saw action in a limited capacity last year, getting in on 20 plays in 3 games.

  • Cannon is currently listed as a third team defensive end, behind Maurice Fountain and Gaines Adams. With the development of Bennett and Adams this spring, Cannon was somewhat lost in the shuffle as as a reserve defensive end.

  • Cannon orginally committed to Maryland during January of 2001, but he ultimately changed his mind 4 days after making that commitment and signed with Clemson. At the time, he cited "closeness to home" as the main reason for his change of heart.

    Brandon Cannon is a player that came to Clemson with unlimited potential, and that potential has not yet been reached. In 2004, his battle for playing time will be a difficult one, considering he's got Mo Fountain and Gaines Adams ahead of him on the depth chart. In the grand scheme of things, he's probably a year away from seeing any sort of significant action, but he'll likely see the field much more this fall than he did last season.

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