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Franklin: Cannon Has 'Disappeared for Us Right Now'

The offensive MVP of preseason camp was Adrian Cannon. I did a big story on Cannon, writing about how he turned his academic and football careers around after a disappointing fall 2008, and about how the touchdown catch in last season's Humanitarian Bowl provided a springboard.

Well, Cannon didn’t have a catch against Middle Tennessee. I asked offensive coordinator James Franklin about Cannon and he said:

“Cannon is a guy who we were very excited about going from spring to the summer, and we still have high expectations for him. It just has not happened, for a number of different reasons. We had a long discussion today, and this week and this weekend, and he knows he needs to pick his game up and start making some plays because he has kind of disappeared for us right now.”

So far, Cannon has 10 catches for 85 yards in three games. But coaches obviously feel he can do more. It's something to watch for on Saturday against Rutgers.

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 23, 2009; 12:20 PM ET
Categories:  Football  
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Patrick Steven's Washington Times D1scourse blog posted stats on all the offensive players this week, and it showed that Cannon's 10 catches so far this season came on 21 "looks" (a.k.a. "pass attempts aimed at him"), including 0-4 in the MTSU game. That's by far the worst percentage of any Terps receiver with more than 5 looks on the season.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/weblogs/d1scourse/2009/sep/20/stats-breakdown-maryland-middle-tennessee/

Meggett, Tyler, and Smith all have at least 10 looks and are averaging 1 missed pass per game. Cannon is averaging 3.6 misses (and those 21 looks make him the most frequently targeted receiver... a bad combination). Is he dropping balls? Not being where he's supposed to be? Failing to get free of his coverage? Unlucky? A mix of all of the above? Turner has been pretty accurate throwing to everyone else, just not Cannon. I like his future though... he's still young, and when he does make the catch, he looks good.

Posted by: mikeinrockville | September 23, 2009 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Franklin suffers from an irritating habit of throwing players under the bus in order to deflect the blame for his questionable play calling.

Why call out Cannon, when the entire team is missing assignments, making turnovers, etc?

Yet, I've not heard Franklin question his own tactics.

I think we made a terrible mistake naming him "coach in waiting."

Posted by: imterpsfan2 | September 24, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

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