A.J. Cann is a left guard for the University of South Carolina Gamecocks of the Southeastern Conference. He enters the 2014 season as a member of Phil Steele’s 2014 preseason first-team All-American squad.
Cann attended Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School in South Carolina. Cann played on both sides of the ball in high school and had 60 knockdown blocks without giving up a sack. On defense, Cann tallied 95 tackles and six sacks. He was named an Under Armour All-American and first-team All-State.
Rivals.com listed Cann as the nation’s second best center and a four-star prospect coming out of high school. Cann chose South Carolina, but also had offers from the likes of Clemson, Georgia, Tennessee, Georgia Tech and North Carolina.
Cann redshirted in 2010 with South Carolina. In 2011, he started every game at left guard. Only six other members of the South Carolina program started every game that season. CollegeFootballNews.com, CBSSports.com, FOXSportsNext.com and Phil Steele all named Cann to their first-team Freshman All-American squads. He also earned a spot on the Fall SEC Academic Honor Roll, something he accomplished in 2012 and 2013 as well.
Cann started 12 of 13 games at left guard in 2012 and was named to Phil Steele’s third-team Midseason All-SEC team. In 2013 Cann was named a permanent team captain by a vote of his teammates. He started every game and Phil Steele named him a third-team All-SEC pick following the season.
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