Everything Baylor sophomore wideout KD Cannon does, he does it faster than just about anybody.
After spring practices wrapped up, Cannon turned in his pads for a track suit, showing off his blazing speed that clocks near 4.3 seconds in the 40-yard dash. He used that speed to vault up the Baylor receiving charts as a true freshman, finding the end zone five times in three games — leading the nation briefly.
Cannon didn’t have any trouble adjusting to college academia, either, being named to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll. But he’s not just a great student-athlete, he’s also a proud father. If he needed any incentive to perform, his month old daughter Kash is just that.
At the rate he’s going, there’s no telling where the 19-year-old Mount Pleasant native will be as a player or person — undoubtedly the NFL, though.
Where Cannon currently stands is a scary thought for opposing teams. Last season he came out of nowhere, spending just a few months acclimating to Art Briles’ offense and quickly blossomed. Now he’s had a full season under his belt and has been working closely with notorious Baylor strength and conditioning coach Kaz Kazadi (hard to imagine him improving on his 39-inch vertical jump and 11-foot broad jump or his speed, though).
One would imagine it’s difficult to improve on last season, taking only a back seat to Corey Coleman with eight touchdowns and 1,030 yards — leading the team with 17.8 yards per receptions. But according to Cannon, he has yet to show us everything.
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Once Antwan Goodley returned to the roster after the non-conference slate, Cannon slipped up, only catching one more touchdown the next eight games only to end where he started with 197 yards and two scores in the Cotton Bowl. Now that he’s the second receiver (really, 1B) behind Coleman, he’ll be even more impactful. Any question about Seth Russell stepping in for Bryce Petty should be put to rest with Cannon’s help.
Russell and Cannon have already built a connection, connecting in the end zone three times against Northwestern State while playing in only the first half. What’s most important about those scores is they were all air strikes over 40 yards. In fact, his shortest touchdown of the season was a mere 41 yards.
Cannon is a deep threat if there ever was one.
He gets the offense off the field quickly — though that only allows the opposing offense to take advantage of Baylor’s weak pass defense. Five of his touchdowns were on drives of four plays or less.
And though he may be relatively undersized at 6’0″ and 180 pounds (though he’s likely gained muscle mass this offseason), he also contributes in the run game and finds work down field for his receiving mates with blocks like this.
However, if there’s any concern for this workout warrior, it’s his hands. On 96 targets, he only hauled in 56 compared to Coleman’s 64 catches on 91 looks. Cannon could have had at least two more touchdowns to his name after dropping a couple of fly routes and was held to one reception performances against Texas and West Virginia.
The potential is there to be one of the nation’s preeminent receivers, but he’s right that he needs to be more consistent. It’s that kind of mentality that will get him there, and make Baylor the true Wide Receiver U that Cannon and his teammates boast of themselves.
Now it’s time to make his little bear proud.