Bruce Feldman just came out with his annual list of workout warriors and for the second straight year a Frog has come in at the 10 spot. Turns out Cannon isn't only a weight room freak, but he is pretty nimble too.
10. Marcus Cannon, TCU, OT: About a month ago, I asked TCU All-American DE Jerry Hughes whether there were any freak athletes in the Horned Frogs program. He paused for a moment, then began to shake his head and tell a story. Turns out Cannon, TCU's 6-5, 350-pound starting right tackle, offered to bet Hughes a few years ago over whether the mammoth offensive lineman could pull off a double front flip off a diving board. Hughes jumped at the bet, then watched in amazement as the TCU big man went all Cirque du Soleil on him. "I can do a double front flip, a one-and-a-half and some other stuff off the board," Cannon later explained. "I used to be a lifeguard."
At the very least, this might earn Cannon the title of being the world's most improbable diver since Rodney Dangerfield climbed up poolside. Cannon is a pretty good shot-putter, too. Earlier this month, he finished third overall with a personal-best throw of 54 feet, 4 inches at the Texas Invitational. On the field, he has emerged as one of the Mountain West Conference's top linemen, and he is coming off a near-flawless performance in TCU's 17-16 Poinsettia Bowl victory over Boise State.