An all-conference candidate ... One of five offensive returners that started at least 40 games in 2012 ... Tenth recipient of the honorary No. 23 jersey after former ECU Head Coach Keith LeClair ... Preseason First-Team All Conference USA selection by College Sports Madness ... Lowes Senior Class Award Candidate ... Leader on and off the field ... Can hit for power and average in the middle of the lineup ... 2012: Started 40 of 45 games (6/LF, 13/CF, 20/RF, 1/DH) ... Batted .308 (44-for-143) with two home runs, 23 RBI, 27 runs and seven doubles ... Collected nine multi-hit and six multi-RBI games ... Posted career best eight-game hit streak from Mar. 3-18 where he batted .384 (10-for-26) ... Also had a trio of five-game hit streaks ... Blasted walk-off home run (solo) against Penn State (Mar. 16) ... Also recorded game-winning RBI against instate rival UNC Wilmington (Mar. 22) with a two-RBI single in the third inning ... Drove in a season best three runs against Milwaukee (Feb. 18) and UNCW (Apr. 3) ... Collected a season-high four hits against UAB (Mar. 30) ... Reached base safely in 12-straight games (Apr. 3-20) ... Scored multiple runs in six contests ... All three stolen bases were in C-USA action (UCF, UAB, Memphis) ... As a starter the Pirates posted a 24-14 record ... Primarily hit in the bottom half of the order (fifth through eighth) ... Committed two errors in 81 chances with 79 putouts for a .975 fielding percentage ... Tied for third on the team with seven sacrifices, fourth in on-base percentage (.384) and fifth in slugging percentage (.399) ... Nineteen of 23 RBI came with runners in scoring position ... Batted .353 or higher in the second (.429), sixth (.353), seventh (.500) and eighth (.353) innings ... Started all four post-season games played batting .357 (5-for-14) with two RBI ... Posted .354 (17-for-48) average in league play ranking second on the team behind John Wooten's .378 average ... Against nationally-ranked opponents batted .276 (8-for-29) with two RBI and two runs scored.
Brunswick Community College (2010-11): Two-year starter in the infield for Head Coach Robbie Allen ... Helped the Dolphins to a two year 65-33 record ... Batted .327 (48-for-147) as a sophomore ... First-team all region selection after belting five home runs, driving in 23 in 42 games ... Scored 32 runs, hit 10 doubles and two triples and swiped seven of 8 base attempts ... Recorded 15 multi-hit games with a season-best three on three occasions ... Drove in a career-best four runs against Danville (Apr. 30) going 3-for-4 with a run scored ... Collected five multi-RBI games ... Belted home runs against Lenoir, Florence Darlington, Surry and Catawba Valley ... As a freshman batted .331 (56-for-169) ... Named second-team all-region after helping the Dolphins to a 34-17 record ... Smacked five home runs and drove in 35 RBI in 46 games played ... Scored 32 runs, roped six doubles and was a perfect 7-for-7 on the base paths ... Recorded a career best four RBI against Potomac State College (2/28/10) ... Hit a home run in both games of the twin bill against Southeastern Community College-Whiteville (4/28/10) ... Collected 18 multi-hit games and four 3-hit contests ... Recorded 56 putouts and 108 assists at shortstop ... 2011 Summer: Returned for second stint with the Fayetteville Swampdogs of the Coastal Plain League (CPL) ... Started 20 of 23 games batting .209 (18-for-86) ... Hit one home run, five doubles and drove in seven RBI ... 2010 Summer: Played for the Fayetteville Swampdogs of the Coastal Plain League ... Named starter for the American All-Star squad ... Started 31 of 32 games played where he batted .364 (47-for-129) ... Hit two home runs, 12 doubles, two triples and drove in 18 RBI ... Slugged .535 and posted a .407 on-base percentage ... Swiped 10 of 14 bases.
Personal: Full name is Johnny Nazier Cannon, III ... Born August 31, 1990 ... Son of John Cannon and Stacie Benton ... Has three siblings (Amber, Blake and Paul) ... Majoring in history with a minor in political science ... Graduated from Harnett Central High School in 2009.
CAREER HIGHS - at-bats: 6 at UCF (3/25/12); hits: 4 vs. UAB (3/30/12); RBI: 3 (twice, last at UNCW 4/3/12); home runs: one (twice, last vs. Penn State 3/16/12); stolen bases: 1 (three times, last at Memphis 4/14/12).