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K.D. Cannon | Wide Receiver

Team: Baylor Bears
Age / DOB:  (20) / 11/5/1995
Ht / Wt:  5'11 / 170

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Baylor junior WR K.D. Cannon underwent successful arthroscopic right knee surgery on Tuesday and will be ready for the start of August practices.
This from Heath Nielsen, Baylor associate athletic director for communications. "Surgery went well," Cannon tweeted Tuesday afternoon. Across his first two seasons on campus, Cannon has accrued 108 catches for 1,898 yards and earned all-Big 12 recognition both years. With Corey Coleman in the NFL and a series of would-be Bears scattered across the nation following a scandal-precipitated exodus, Cannon should be among the nation's leaders in targets so long as he stays healthy. Jul 12 - 8:04 PM

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Baylor junior WR K.D. Cannon is undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery on Tuesday.

No timetable for Cannon's return, but a Baylor spokesman referred to the procedure as "minor." Given that the 5-foot-11, 170-pounder is the team's lead returning receiver, any recovery that stretches into September would prove problematic. The scorched-earth nature of Baylor's offseason is remarkable in its breadth. Just before the start of the Memorial Day weekend, the Bears moved to terminate HC Art Briles and AD Ian McCaw over troubling accusations regarding the handling of sexual assault cases. School president Ken Starr also stepped down, though he remains part of the law school. Following that upheaval, Baylor lost (essentially) the entirety of their 2016 recruiting class. 12 players from that class are moving on, dropping Baylor down to 70 scholarship players -- on an 85-man limit. Stud sophomore QB Jarrett Stidham compounded matters by deciding to transfer last week. And now Cannon's injury. Deep breaths, Bear fans, deep breaths.
Jul 12 - 1:24 PM

Baylor junior WR K.D. Cannon wrote that he will remain with the program.

On Friday night, Cannon tweeted (in all-caps), "Baylor is my home and that['s] where I will stay and finish my college career." With Corey Coleman heading to the Browns in the draft, the 5-foot-11, 170-pound Cannon is in line to be the Bears' No. 1 receiver for 2016. He piled up 868 yards and six touchdowns on 50 catches last season. Several recruits have backed off their commitments to Baylor since the firing of HC Art Briles on Thursday, but those in the program are showing no signs of wanting to flee.
May 28 - 12:37 PM

Sports Illustrated's Colin Becht notes that Baylor junior WR K.D. Cannon is "the clear choice to become the new primary receiver."

With Corey Coleman and Jay Lee out of the picture, it should be Cannon's time to step up as the next Baylor wideout to post video game stats. To that point, ESPN's Travis Haney noted in late January that the 5-foot-11, 170-pound junior could turn in a 70-80-catch season in 2016. Last year, he caught 50 passes for 868 yards and six touchdowns. Becht also likes sophomore wideouts Chris Platt and Ishmael Zamora to potentially see number jumps this coming season.
Mar 12 - 2:30 PM

A 70-80 (or more) catch season for Baylor sophomore WR K.D. Cannon in 2016 is "is well within range", per ESPN's Travis Haney.

"Cannon is a different type of receiver than Corey Coleman, offering more speed and agility than physicality, but he figures to ease into the No. 1 receiver slot for Baylor with Coleman now gone," Haney wrote. "Cannon has hauled in 58 and 50 catches in his first two seasons, averaging 17.6 yards per reception as a big-play threat. The per-catch average might slip a bit, but expect his usage to increase as Cannon becomes more of a focal point for QB Seth Russell." The 5-foot-11, 170-pound Cannon finished 2015 with 868 yards and six touchdowns. Rotoworld's Thor Nystrom wrote during the season that Cannon is a prime darkhorse candidate to win the Biletnikoff Award in 2016.
Jan 26 - 12:41 PM

Baylor sophomore WR K.D. Cannon caught four passes for 40 yards in Tuesday's 49-38 triumph versus UNC in the Russell Athletic Bowl.

With star WR Corey Coleman out, you may have expected Cannon and Jay Lee to step into the spotlight against the Tar Heels. Instead, Baylor took the ball out of QB Chris Johnson's hands and basically played a fly option/Wildcat offense for most of the tilt. Johnson, a converted WR, split QB snaps with RBs Johnny Jefferson and Devin Chafin and WR Lynx Hawthorne (also the No. 4 QB, as we found out in the Texas game). The passing game was basically shelved after Johnson threw a silly interception on a jump pass in the third quarter. Cannon may never be held to less than 50 yards receiving in a college game again. The 5-foot-11, 170-pound sophomore will step into the No. 1 WR role next year with Corey Coleman and Jay Lee off to the NFL. The offense will be stellar with Seth Russell, Jarrett Stidham and Shock Linwood returning. Lay down some change on Cannon to win the Biletnikoff Award next season if oddsmakers sleep on his chances.
Tue, Dec 29, 2015 10:59:00 PM

Baylor sophomore WR K.D. Cannon caught five passes for 210 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 45-35 win over previously-undefeated Oklahoma State.

Cannon went long for both of his touchdowns, as his first-quarter score went for 59 yards and his third-quarter one bested that at 71 yards. Redshirt junior WR Corey Coleman rightly gets more attention, but Cannon's a fine receiver in his own right. For the season, the 5-foot-11, 170-pound sophomore's caught 39 passes for 774 yards and six touchdowns.
Sat, Nov 21, 2015 11:47:00 PM

Baylor sophomore WR K.D. Cannon hauled in four catches for 108 yards and a touchdown on Thursday against Kansas State.

Barring Cannon completely going off in Baylor's last five games (six if it makes the Championship), he's not going to match last year's 58 catches for 1,030 yards and eight touchdowns. That's not necessarily his fault; Baylor is funneling a huge percentage of its passes to Corey Coleman -- a smart strategy -- and Jay Lee's usage is also up. The silver lining? Coleman is probably going to leave for the NFL and Lee is a senior. Cannon will make for a nice darkhorse bet over the summer to win the Biletnikoff Award next season.
Fri, Nov 6, 2015 02:40:00 PM

Baylor sophomore WR K.D. Cannon hauled in three catches for 104 yards and a touchdown in Friday's 56-21 victory over SMU.

Included was a 36-yard touchdown catch near the end of the first quarter. Cannon has legitimate "blow the top off the defense" speed but is "not just a "track guy," according to NFL Media analyst Chad Reuter. If he continues to refine his game, Cannon could eventually become the highest drafted Baylor WR since Kendall Wright. The 6-foot, 175-pound Cannon, who logged 58 catches for 1,030 yards and eight touchdowns last year, has run a 10.37 second 100-meter dash.
Sat, Sep 5, 2015 02:38:00 PM

Baylor sophomore WR K.D. Cannon is "not just a "track guy"" in the eyes of NFL Media analyst Chad Reuter.

Cannon's speed is what immediately jumps off film, as he has legitimate "blow the top off the defense" speed and has logged a 100-meter dash time of 10.37. That ability to burn defenders deep will always be his most notable attribute, but draft analyst Reuter writes that the 5-foot-11, 170-pound receiver is also "willing to make the tough catch in traffic and take a hit if needed." As a freshman, he caught 58 passes for 1,030 yards and eight touchdowns. We would be surprised if he doesn't eclipse those numbers this season, assuming a healthy 2015 campaign.
Tue, Aug 25, 2015 03:48:00 PM

Baylor WR K.D. Cannon returned to practice in pads on Monday.

Beat writer Craig Smoak notes Cannon did not look 100 percent healthy, but donning pads is obviously progress. Cannon is apparently dealing with a hip injury. The receiver made an immediate impact in his freshman season, catching 58 passes for 1,030 yards and eight touchdowns.
Mon, Aug 17, 2015 12:38:00 PM

Baylor sophomore WR KD Cannon "is quickly becoming one of the nation's most dangerous deep threats," notes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

"He could end up as good as any of the star receivers that have passed through Baylor in recent years," Brown wrote. The analyst ranked Cannon as the No. 96 player in the country. The 6-foot, 175-pound Cannon logged 58 catches for 1,030 yards and eight touchdowns last year. He runs a 10.37 second 100-meter dash. Those are some serious wheels.
Thu, Jul 30, 2015 04:25:00 PM

NFL Media names Baylor sophomore WR KD Cannon and sophomore WR Corey Coleman their most explosive athletes in College Football.

"Together, the two Bears caught 122 passes for 2,149 yards (17.6 yards per reception) and 19 touchdowns. They combined for 24 receptions of at least 30 yards, 19 of at least 40, eight of at least 50, five of at least 60 and four of at least 60. And get this: Of their combined 19 TD receptions, 18 covered at least 25 yards, with eight covering at least 50. Coleman's 11 TD receptions averaged 37 yards," College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin wrote. Both prospects are currently the only returning 1,000-yard receiving duo in college football. With two explosive talents like Cannon and Coleman on the field at the same time, it will be hard for opposing defenses to cover them both in 2015.
Fri, Jul 3, 2015 02:35:00 PM

Baylor sophomore WR KD Cannon "can fly" and is a "perfect fit" for a Bears offense that "relies heavily on spacing and downfield passing," according to Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

The analyst ranks Cannon as the No. 12 receiver in the nation. "Not surprisingly, he was a bit boom-or-bust as a freshman deep threat, with a quiet second half of the season, but he went out on a high note with eight catches for 197 yards and two touchdowns vs. Michigan State's acclaimed secondary in the Cotton Bowl," Brown wrote. The 6-foot, 175-pound Cannon, who logged 58 catches for 1,030 yards and eight touchdowns last year, has run a 10.37 second 100-meter dash.
Sun, Jun 14, 2015 05:28:00 PM

Baylor sophomore WR KD Cannon has clocked a 10.37 second 100-meter dash and "is an athletic freak," according to NFL Media.

"This player's last name suits his style of play, as he often looks like he's been shout out of a cannon on the football field," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Bryan Fischer. "He set six school records as a freshman on the football team last season and is poised to do even more heading into 2015." The 6-foot, 175-pound Cannon posted 58 catches for 1,030 yards and eight touchdowns last year.
Sun, Jun 14, 2015 03:14:00 PM