Countdown note: GoGamecocks Josh Kendall, David Cloninger and Dwayne McLemore each ranked the 10 players most important to South Carolinas offense in 2014. We took their predictions, compiled a composite list and are revealing it one player a day through July 14. (This is not a ranking of the teams best players -- its our rank of the players who are most vital to the teams success.)
6. A.J. Cann
A.J. Cann takes the honor of being the Gamecock most likely to be highly thought of on a preseason accolade list.
Cann, a 6-4, 311-pound senior left guard from Bamberg, was named to Phil Steeles first-team All-America and first-team All-SEC squads. He was also named to the first team of Athlons preseason All-SEC squads.
I dont pay that much attention to it, Cann said in the spring. Im a guy thats going to work hard regardless.
USCs anchor on the offensive line helps front a unit thats expected to be one of the teams strengths.
I think A.J. Cann was one of the more consistent players on the football field (last season), Shawn Elliott said.
Best-case scenario: Cann lives up to the preseason hype, is the team leader that coaches need him to be and works with Corey Robinson on the left side to keep Dylan Thompson on his feet. A solid season will keep Canns NFL stock high heading into the 2015 draft.
Stats: Cann has made a team-high 38 career starts.