61 Days Until the College Football Season Kicks Off
The past two days we had a run on the center position with Joe Cerrato and Rodney Hudson. Now today for day 61, we get to highlight a big time player who kept Andy Dalton upright through his college career.
Marcus Cannon is a mountain of a man. He stands at six foot six while weighing three hundred and thirty pounds. The former Patriot was dealt back to the state where he played college football, Texas, this past offseason to the Texans.
Cannon played college ball in Fort Worth, Texas for the Texas Christian University Horned Frogs. He was primarily a right tackle in his first three seasons with the Frogs. In 2008, Cannon was named All Mountain West Honorable Mention.
The next two season, Cannon had unreal seasons. In 2009 as the starting right tackle for Texas Christian, he did not allow a single sack. He was named to the Mountain West first team for his elite play style.
In 2010 Cannon made the move to left tackle to help benefit the Frogs. He was protecting Andy Daltons blindside and anchored an offensive line that allowed only nine sacks the entire season which is virtually unheard of. He earned first team Mountain West honors and was named third team All American.
At the 2011 NFL combine, Cannon went through a physical and showed physical irregularities. After further testing, Cannon was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. He received treatment for the cancer in the summer of 2011 after the Patriots selected him in the fifth round.
For tomorrow on day 60, we take another look at one of my college teammates. One that plays on the defensive side of the rock from the bayou.