Darius Cannon - Football - University of Kentucky Athletics 45


  • position Wide Receiver
  • height 5-9
  • Weight 175
  • class Sophomore
  • Hometown Gainesville, Ga.
  • High school Gainesville

2023 – Freshman
• Practiced with the team

High School
• Four-year letterwinner and starter for head coach Josh Niblett
• Led Gainesville in receiving with 49 catches for 778 yards and nine scores as a senior
• Also an impressive kick returner who was named Specialist of the Year for Region 8-6A by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in 2022
• Helped the Red Elephants advance to the Georgia 6A high school football championship game
• During his four seasons, he helped Gainesville compile a 34-12 record, including a 14-1 record as a senior
• Named his team’s Most Valuable Player in both 2021 and 2022
• Earned statewide Player of the Week in 2022 honors after piling up 241 all-purpose yards, including a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and a 69-yard touchdown reception, in the Region 8-6A championship
• As a junior, caught a team-high 53 passes for 785 yards and eight touchdowns, returned 13 kickoffs for 463 yards and three scores, returned three punts for 40 yards and added 57 yards and a TD on 13 rushing attempts
• Named Athlete of the Year for Region 8-6A by the AJC in 2020 and 2021 as a wide receiver/defensive back
• Also a two-year letterwinner in track (high jump) and basketball (point guard)
• Chose Kentucky over UNLV, Middle Tennessee and Western Michigan

• Born in Gainesville, Georgia
• Son of Denise and Kipper Cannon
• Siblings are Desmon, Denisia and Dasha
• Major is kinesiology

Darius Says
• His nickname is “D Money”
• He chose Kentucky because of the atmosphere and coaching staff
• Three words to describe him are humble, funny and chill
• Most people don’t know that he can do back flips
• A family recipe he likes to make is chicken alfredo

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