Garnet & Black Spring Game Set for April 13
Experienced offensive lineman who has started 25 games over the past two seasons, the most among any returning player on the Gamecocks' roster... talented athlete who was a leader in the weightroom during the offseason... considered the Gamecocks' top offensive lineman and a candidate for post-season accolades... expected to be one of the key components to the Gamecocks' offensive line from his left guard position again in 2013... presented with the Everday Hustle Award for the offense at the 2013 Garnet & Black 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 the last two seasons... 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... is a sociology major.