Three Bears are up for award recognizing the top offensive player with state of Texas ties.
BU WR continues streak of six-straight seasons with one Bear on receiver watch list.
Bears have multiple players selected to preseason conference team for fifth-straight year.
Bears notch third-straight season of multiple players recognized on preseason list.
Chris Johnson throws two touchdown passes and runs for a score after entering game in second half.
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MAXWELL AWARD CANDIDATE
BILETNIKOFF AWARD CANDIDATE
CAMPBELL TYLER ROSE AWARD CANDIDATE
Third-year junior and returning two-time All-Big 12 receiver... Speedy and silky-smooth runner, owner of six school records (set in breakout true freshman season in 2014)... Squad's most experienced receiver... Enters 2016 ranked third all-time on school's career yards-per-game (73.0) and fifth in yards-per-reception (17.57) lists... Also ranked 11th in career TD receptions (14), 13th in career receiving yards (1,898) and 16th in career receptions (108) entering 2016... Enters 2016 season with 26-game reception streak (every game of career)... Six career 100-yard receiving games ranked 10th at BU entering 2016... Projected 2016 All-American by Athlon (third team) and Phil Steele (fourth team)... Named "Most Dangerous Deep Threat" in Big 12 by Lindy's and "Fastest Receiver" in league by Sporting News... Topped 1,000 receiving yards in explosive 2014 Freshman All-American season... Clocked at 4.46 in 40-yard dash... Measured at 40.0 in vertical jump and 10-feet, eight inches in broad jump... Also ran sprint distance for Baylor track in spring 2015, helped 4x100 relay team make NCAA Championship field... Named to fall 2014 Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll.
2015 (Sophomore): Starting wide receiver in all 13 games, earned second-team All-Big 12 honors as sophomore... Averaged 17.4 yards per reception, ranked sixth in Big 12, and 66.8 yards per game, eighth in conference... Named All-Big 12 second team by league coaches, ESPN, Phil Steele, San Antonio Express-News and Waco Tribune-Herald... Totaled 868 yards and six TDs on 50 receptions for season, added seven kick returns for 114 yards... Made reception in all 13 games (extended career streak)... Had 104 yards receiving, including 56-yard touchdown, on three catches in season-opening win at SMU... Had 26-yard TD catch and made career-first kick return, 18 yards, in win vs. Rice in third game... Caught 28-yard TD and totaled 38 yards on two kick returns in win vs. Texas Tech in fourth game... Made season-high seven receptions for 92 yards, and season-highs of three kick returns, 45 return yards and season-long 27-yard return in win over West Virginia in sixth game... Totaled 108 yards and 55-yard TD on four catches in win at K-State in eighth game... Led team with five receptions for 77 yards vs. No. 12 Oklahoma... Had monster outing in win at No. 4 Oklahoma State in 10th game, totaled 210 yards and two TDs on five receptions... 71-yard TD at OSU was season-long... Named Big 12 Offensive Player of Week, Campbell Tyler Rose national player of week, NFL.com "Beast of the Week" and earned ESPN CFB Final helmet sticker for performance vs. OSU... Led team with four receptions for 40 yards in win over No. 10 North Carolina in Russell Athletic Bowl... Named "College Football's Most Explosive Player" by NFL.com, Big 12's "Fastest Receiver" by Sporting News, and Big 12's "Most dangerous deep threat" by Lindy's in preseason... Also ran sprint distance for Baylor track in spring of 2015, helping 4x100 relay team make NCAA Championship field.
2014 (True Freshman): Played all 13 games, started seven, in breakout true freshman season for 2014 Big 12 champions, one of four true freshmen to play in 2014... Earned All-Big 12 honorable mention (league coaches) and consensus Freshman All-America honors... Earned first collegiate letter... Totaled 1,030 yards and eight TDs on 58 receptions, also 12 yards on two rushes, on season... Set six school records, including freshman-high 58 single-season receptions... Also tied school mark with 13 consecutive games with receptions... Ranked sixth in Big 12 in receiving yards (1,030), sixth in yards-per-reception (17.8) and seventh in receiving TDs (eight)... Led NCAA in receptions of 60 yards or longer (four), 70 yards or longer (three) and 80 yards or longer (two)... Season yardage (1,030) ranked seventh, TDs (8) tied for eighth and yards/game (79.2) eighth on BU single-season charts... Additional school records: single-game TDs (three), single-half receiving yards (223), bowl game receiving yards (197) and bowl game TD receptions (two)... Named to fall 2014 Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll... Exploded on college football scene, through first four games totaled 519 yards and five TDs on 23 receptions... Made collegiate debut in season-opening win over SMU, took first career reception 46 yards for TD, finished with two catches for 59 yards and four-yard rush... Had monster game in second contest vs. Northwestern State, totaled school-record (in one half) 223 yards and school-record three TDs on six receptions (all stats compiled in first half only) in first career start... Named National Freshman of Week by CBSSports.com for efforts vs. NSU... 223 yards ranked second on school's single-game list... Had 189 yards and TD in six receptions in win at Buffalo in third game... Made season-high nine catches for 48 yards, and added eight-yard rush, in win at Iowa State in fourth game... Totaled 124 yards, including huge 67-yard TD while stiff-arming defender, on six receptions in epic 61-58 comeback win over No. 9 TCU in sixth game... Had five receptions for 53 yards in win over Kansas in eighth game... Totaled six catches for 39 yards in win vs. Texas Tech in 11th game... Had three receptions for 33 yards in win over No. 9 Kansas State that clinched share of Big 12 championship and berth in New Year's Six bowl... Set two BU records in Cotton Bowl vs. No. 7 Michigan State, 197 receiving yards and two TDs (on eight receptions).
High School: Blue chip recruit and top 50 national recruit from Mount Pleasant (Texas) High School... All-American wide receiver rated nation's 30th-best recruit on ESPN300... Named U.S. Army All-American, second-team All-USA by USA TODAY and honorable mention PARADE All-America (one of top three WRs honored)... Ranked 34th overall national prospect on Rivals100, 42nd on 247Sports's Top247 and 44th on Scout300 by Scout... National position rating among wide receivers: No. 4 by ESPN, No. 5 by Scout, No. 5 by 247Sports, No. 6 by Rivals... Two-time first-team Class 4A All-State selection, played for head coach Mart Graham at Mount Pleasant... Top 10 prospect in Texas, rated third in state by Rivals, third by Lone Star, fourth by 247Sports, fifth by ESPN, sixth by Austin American-Statesman (Fabulous 55), seventh by Scout... Named top wide receiver recruit in Texas by Dave Campbell's Texas Football as well as Lone Star Top 100... Rated region's fifth-best recruit by ESPN and eighth by Scout's Midlands 125... Also listed on Lubbock Avalanche-Journal Fabulous 44... Made game-high three receptions for 65 yards in 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl for winning West squad... Topped 1,000 yards receiving in each of final three prep seasons... Named 2013 All-America, first-team Class 4A All-State, first-team All-Midlands (Scout) and first-team All-District 14-4A after senior season totals of 1,252 yards and 16 TDs on 80 receptions... Named one of 15 semifinalists for 2013 U.S. Army All-America Bowl HS Player of the Year award... Earned USAAB Player of Week honors for performance in Sept. 17, 2013, win over Terrell, totaled 271 yards and five TDs on nine receptions (30.1 yards-per-catch)... Earned fame for highlight-reel somersault catch in Aug. 30, 2013, win over Paris, clip on YouTube has more than 75,000 views... Named 2012 first-team Class 4A All-State, first-team All-Midlands (Scout) and first-team All-District 14-4A as junior after leading MPHS to 8-3 record and bi-district finals -- first playoff berth at Mount Pleasant since 2007, first eight-win season since 1997... Totaled 1,597 yards and 25 TDs on 104 catches as junior... Named 2011 District 13-4A Newcomer of Year and first-team All-District 13-4A as sophomore... Finished with 1,004 yards and 10 TDs on 61 receptions as starting wideout in 2011, also returned kicks... Also ran track (100m, 200m, 4x100m, triple jump) at Mount Pleasant, clocked at 10.63 in 100 meters and 21.48 in 200 meters... Jumped 42-7.0 at 2013 Region II-4A meet.
Personal: Son of Keith Thompson and Kitsha Cannon... Full name is KD O'Keith Cannon... Born Nov. 5, 1995, in Mount Pleasant, Texas... Majoring in health, human performance and recreation studies.