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Cannon to guard - good move?

Posted by Shalise Manza Young, Globe Staff  May 10, 2011 11:27 AM

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The Marcus Cannon story that ran Monday was long (hopefully not too long!), but there was a lot that wasn't able to be written into the article. One of the things that has been discussed is Cannon's move to guard after playing right and left tackle at TCU. Here's what Horned Frogs coach Gary Patterson had to say about the prospect:

"In fact, I’ve always told him here that I thought that might be his best position. He has the feet to be able to play on the edge but he has the mass to play inside and maybe early even be a guy that can get on the field quicker by being an inside player before he plays tackle. But every team’s different and I don’t like when people tell me how I need to do it, so definitely I wouldn’t tell the Patriots how to do their job."

Told that the Pats do have a need at the position, he replied, "That explains then why they went for Marcus Cannon."

[As an aside, I wish I had taken a picture of Patterson and his office - everything is purple! Patterson was wearing a purple polo shirt with small yellow stripes, and even the labels on the game tapes an assistant brought him were purple. That's my favorite color, but even I'll admit it was a lot of purple.]

Here's Cannon talking about his switch to left tackle for his final season after starting at right tackle for two seasons with the Horned Frogs:

"It was pretty fun actually. It was a new opportunity, something new I had to work with. My offensive line coach Eddie Williamson helped me out the most. Our defensive ends are pretty good; our defense is pretty good, you know, he was like, ‘they can’t beat you’ and he’d always slap me, he’d be like, ‘you go and block them, no one can stop you, you can block anybody.’ I finally got my feet down, started being able to block our guys and it was true, you know? It’s just crazy; God’s blessed me so much. It just seems like there’s no top to the end of my success. Keep making the roof higher and higher for me."

A few of you emailed and asked how to contact Marcus to send notes of encouragement, and here's the address of his agent's office, who has promised that Marcus will get anything that's sent:

Marcus Cannon
c/o CAA Texas
3104 Port Anne Way
Leander TX 78641

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