The SEC Blog will be counting down the top 150 players in the SEC every day, concluding on August 30 and the start of the college football regular season.
No. 127: A.J. Cann, No. 50, Offensive Lineman, South Carolina
2011 Stats: 13 starts at left guard
As a redshirt freshman, Cann started every game for the Gamecocks at left guard. He was named to the Freshman All-American team by CollegeFootballNews.com, CBSSports.com, FoxSportsNext.com and PhilSteele.com. He's a 6'4", 309-pound bruiser who proved last season that he's capable of playing at a high level in college football. He was a star center in high school, so he can move around if needed.
There was some concern with his size coming into college, but he's added about 50 pounds since signing with the Gamecocks two years ago. He struggled with a leg injury this spring, so the injury concern is there.
South Carolina is going to be a run-first team in 2012, and Cann is going to be a big contributor to that. It's not just going to be Marcus Lattimore either. Quarterback Connor Shaw can make things happen on the ground, and Cann's play on the interior line will certainly be a big help.