The Baylor Bears are set to undergo a big change to their offense without star quarterback Bryce Petty. It is going to be a major change, but Seth Russell will have quite a few weapons to work with. He showed off quite a bit of his own skill last season in limited playing time and is without question ready to step into the starting role.
KD Cannon is one of the wide receivers that is going to take a huge leap forward for Baylor this season. He is entering the 2015 season as a sophomore after already showing star potential last season, and is going to be a huge part of the Bears’ offensive attack.
During the 2014 season, Cannon ended up catching 58 passes for 1,030 yards and eight touchdowns. There weren’t many freshman receivers in the nation better than him, and he combines an excellent mix of speed and athleticism. He isn’t the tallest target, but the Bears’ offense calls for speed and the ability to make opponents miss in the open field.
One thing that Cannon needs to do to take the leap in 2015 is become much more consistent than he was last year. He had a few huge performances, but also came through with some disappointing games as well.
During the Cotton Bowl last year, Cannon closed his season on a strong note with eight catches for 197 yards and two touchdowns. Then there were games like the one he had against the Texas Longhorns, where he only caught one pass for eight yards on the day.
There are no excuses for Cannon to have that type of inconsistency in his second season with Baylor and fans should expect to see him be a big playmaker each and every week.
Assuming Cannon watched his game film from 2014 and put the time in throughout this offseason, he should be a consistent star in a Baylor offense that fits his game perfectly.
Outside of the consistency, there really aren’t many issues that Cannon showed as a freshman. He was much better during his first season than most are, and is without question capable of fixing the minor issues that he did have. Quite a bit of his improvement will come from experience and more playing time, and he will also see a bigger role in 2015.
Expect to see Cannon come through with huge numbers this season and to blow his 2014 season out of the water.
Baylor needs to have their sophomore wide receiver step up in a big way, and he is ready to shoulder the load and become a superstar during the upcoming season.
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