November 9, 2007

Cannon cracks receiver rotation

Terps receivers coach Bryan Bossard says redshirt freshman wideout Adrian Cannon has a chip on his shoulder.

And it's probably something he'd like to see more of on his unit.

"It's that Michigan thing where he thinks he needs to beat everybody around here. It's all good and if it gives him an edge then okay," Bossard said of the Pontiac (Mich.) native with a smile.

With Isaiah Williams on the shelf last spring recuperating after shoulder surgery, Cannon and freshman LaQuan Williams got their chance and made the most of it, getting in the rotation.

Williams continued his ascent and became one of the Terps better playmakers this fall, but Cannon faded. In April, Cannon had become one of Jordan Steffy and Chris Turner's go-to guys in spring camp, hauling in 12 passes for 164 yards and scoring twice in four scrimmages. His most impressive outings came in scrimmages two and three when he caught nine passes for 119 yards, including a 23-yarder from Bobby Sheahin for a touchdown.

Cannon had some off the field distractions that seemed to derail him, though. There was a large group of freshmen receivers competing for the few reps and he fell out of turn.

"He just didn't pick up where he left in the spring," Bossard said. "He might have slipped a little this summer when he had to go home to sure up some family problems.
"But he is playing pretty well right now and that's why he is getting some reps and making some plays."

Friedgen said in August camp that Cannon lost focus dealing

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