Spring Practice Report Number 11
Football players enjoy roller coasters and attractions
Kickoff set for 12:21 p.m. on SEC-TV
An All-SEC and All-America caliber performer who anchors the Gamecocks' offensive line from the left guard position... named to Phil Steele's and Athlon's preseason first-team All-America and first-team All-SEC squads... one of the leaders on the squad, both on the field and in the weight room... owns a team-high 38 career starts, starting all but one game over the past three campaigns... served as a team captain in 2013... a three-time member of the SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll.
2013: Voted a permanent team captain as a junior... started every game during the season... was a first-team midseason and third-team postseason All-SEC selection by Phil Steele... a member of the SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll... presented with the Everyday Hustle Award for the offense at the 2013 spring game.
2012: Redshirt sophomore offensive lineman... started 12 of 13 games at left guard... did not get the start at Florida, the only game he has not started in his career... earned a spot on Phil Steele's third-team Midseason All-SEC squad... a member of the SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll.
2011: Redshirt freshman who started every game at left guard... one of seven Gamecocks to earn a start in every contest... first-team Freshman All-American by CollegeFootballNews.com, CBSSports.com, FOXSportsNext.com and Phil Steele... on the Coaches' and Rivals.com SEC All-Freshman team... member of the Fall SEC Academic Honor Roll.
2010: Redshirted as a true freshman.
HIGH SCHOOL: Played on both sides of the ball for coach Kevin Crosby at Bamberg-Ehrhardt (S.C.) High School, graduating in 2010... graded out at 96 percent with 60 knockdown blocks as an offensive tackle... did not give up a sack... also logged 95 tackles, 24 tackles for loss and six sacks as a defensive lineman for the Red Raiders... helped B-E reach the state 1-A quarterfinals as a senior... selected to play in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas and in the Under Armour All-American game... earned all-state honors by The State... named the Orangeburg Times and Democrat Player of the Year, first-team all-area and was an Elite 11 selection... considered a four-star prospect, rated as the nation's second-best center, the state's ninth-best player and ranked 182nd on the Rivals250 by Rivals.com... rated a four-star prospect and the nation's third-best center by Scout.com... rated a four-star prospect, the nation's third-best offensive guard and 85th overall on ESPN's Top 150... ranked as the 24th-best offensive lineman in the country by SuperPrep... listed on PrepStar's Top 350 All-American team... also considered North Carolina, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Georgia and Tennessee.
PERSONAL: A.J. Cann's given name is Aaron... was born October 3, 1991... owns a degree in African American studies.