The Washington Times - October 12, 2009, 11:08AM

Maryland was looking for someone to emerge as a second consistent wide receiver.

After a breakout game, maybe that guy will turn out to be Adrian Cannon.

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The junior has 23 receptions for 221 yards at the season’s midpoint, not bad for a second option. But he caught two touchdowns against Wake Forest, catching a fade on a fourth down in the third quarter and adding another score in the final period.

“I think Adrian made a few plays [Saturday] night and caught two touchdowns,” coach Ralph Friedgen said. “We need someone to come along other than Torrey [Smith]. Ronnie Tyler steps up, but we could use that other wide receiver to make some plays. Torrey caught 10 balls, but a lot of times it was tilting coverage and doubling him and letting him get in space.”

Cannon had a huge camp and seemed poised for a significant season with Maryland likely to pass more than the past. But Smith has emerged as quarterback Chris Turner’s top target – drawing 16 targets on Saturday.

If Cannon’s turn Saturday is reflective of how he’ll play in the second half, though, it could mean better opportunities for both him and Smith going forward.

Patrick Stevens