Baylor Bears wide receiver KD Cannon switched from No. 9 to No. 1 for this Saturday’s game against the Oklahoma State Cowboys, in homage to former teammate and reigning Biletnikoff Award winner, Corey Coleman. The Cleveland Browns’ rookie wide receiver broke his hand earlier in the week and is expected to miss anywhere from 4-6 weeks.
Cannon bided his time behind the dominant Coleman while the two were together at Baylor. A former five-star recruit out of Mount Pleasant, Texas, Cannon was a member of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and also the Bears’ 2014 recruiting class.
Ranked as the No. 4 wideout in the country coming out of high school, Cannon had a laundry list of offers, which included: Oklahoma, Texas, Texas A&M, Clemson, LSU, Notre Dame, and many others. But the appeal of Baylor’s high-octane offense under former head coach Art Briles was strong enough to convince him that Baylor was the place to be for a wide receiver prospect with his eyes on the NFL.
Cannon’s true freshman season in 2014 was better statistically than his sophomore campaign in 2015. Granted, he ceded a lot of balls last season to Coleman, who was a First Team All-American, but he reeled in over 100 catches and 1,900 yards and 14 touchdowns in his first two seasons on campus. With quarterback Seth Russell having returned to start the season, Cannon has already grabbed 24 catches for 352 yards and four touchdowns in his first three games of his junior season. He may be wearing Coleman’s number now, but he still has a ways to go before he finds him raising the Biletnikoff Award like his former teammate.