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?
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.
Cannon, orginally a "4-star" prospect by TheInsiders.com, 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.
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.