Argos add Matthias Askew and Anthony Cannon to roster

The Toronto Argonauts Football Club announced today that it will welcome back import DE Matthias Askew and that import LB Anthony Cannon has been added to the roster.

Askew first joined Toronto as a free agent in October 2010. He spent the month on the team’s practice roster assimilating to the CFL game and showing the Argos coaching staff his skills. The Michigan State product was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the fourth round of the 2004 NFL Draft and has also had stops with NFL teams in Washington, Denver and Detroit.

Anthony Cannon spent three seasons with the Detroit Lions after they drafted him in the seventh round of the 2006 NFL Draft. Prior to that, he played four years for the Tulane Green Wave where he was named First-Team All-Conference as a senior. Cannon attended high school in Georgia along with Argos teammates Byron Parker and Michael Grant, as well as CFL player Sean Lucas. In the off-season, he lives in Atlanta, Georgia where he mentors at-risk youth and runs an after school program called Elev8 Performance which teaches life skills to youth.

Matthias Askew #92
Defensive Tackle
6’5", 302 lbs.
Michigan State
Born: July 1, 1982
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
1st Year Argos / 1st Year CFL

Acquired: Signed with Toronto on January 6, 2011.

2010: Attended training camp with Detroit and assigned to the club’s practice roster to start the season…Deleted from the practice roster on October 13…Signed a practice roster agreement with Toronto on October 20, 2010…Remained on PR for duration of season.

2009: Attended training camp with Denver and released as a final cut on September 4…Signed a practice roster agreement with the Detroit Lions (NFL) on September 23.

2008: Re-signed with the Washington Redskins on March 17, attended training camp, and released as a final cut…Signed a practice roster agreement with the Denver Broncos (NFL) on November 3 and remained there for rest of season.

2007: Signed with the Washington Redskins (NFL) on August 13 and released as a final training camp cut.

2006: Attended training camp with Cincinnati and waived as a final cut.

2005: Dressed in one game for the Bengals making 4 DT and forcing one fumble.

2004: Selected by the Cincinnati Bengals in the fourth round (114th overall) in the NFL Draft…Dressed in five games making two tackles in rookie season.

College: Played 35 games, with 19 starts, for the Spartans from 2001-2003…Declared for the NFL draft after his junior season…2003 Played in 13 games as a junior…Recorded four sacks in a game against Western Michigan…Played in the Alamo Bowl loss to Nebraska…2002 Played in 12 games with 5 starts, including four at DT and one at DE…Made 46 tackles, six tackles for losses (16 yards), five QB hits and 1 interception…2001 Appeared in 10 games with three starts at defensive tackle…Missed last two games of the season with a wrist injury…Recorded 29 tackles and four pass break-ups.

Personal: Matthias Askew (PRO: MAH-THAY-US ASK-YOU) is the son of Charay Askew and he majored in merchandise management at Michigan State. He spends his off-season in Plantation, Florida where he is building a home. He was a two-time all-state selection and two-time Broward County Player of the Year while attending Dillard High School in his hometown of Fort Lauderdale. As a senior, he was invited to play in the Florida-Georgia and Broward County-Dade County All-Star Games.

Anthony Cannon
6’0", 224 lbs.
Born: December 31, 1984
Pensacola, Florida
1st Year Argos / 1st Year CFL

Acquired: Signed as a free agent with Toronto on January 6, 2011.

2010: Did not play football.

2009: Released by the Detroit Lions on March 16.

2008: Played in 9 games with the Detroit Lions…Made 7 tackles playing defence and special teams.

2007: Played in 11 games with the Detroit Lions…Made six tackles playing defence and special teams.

2006: Selected by the Detroit Lions in the Seventh Round (247th Overall) of the NFL Draft…Dressed in 12 games for the Lions…Made 8 tackles as a rookie playing defence and special teams.

College: Played four seasons (2002-05) for the Tulane Green Wave…2005 Named First-Team All-Conference USA (first linebacker in school history to earn the award)…Recorded 114 tackles and 10 starts… 2004 Named Third-Team All-Conference USA…Led Tulane in tackles (107) and quarterback sacks (4)…Named First-Team All-Louisiana for second straight season…Named CoSIDA Academic All-District Second-Team…2003 Played in 11 games with 10 starts at weakside linebacker…Earned All-Louisiana…Finished the season with 102 tackles…2002 Dressed in 13 games as a freshman…Led Tulane with 114 tackles…Ranked second in the nation among all Division I-A true freshmen in tackles…Named to the C-USA All-Freshman Team…Named Second-Team All-Louisiana….Started in the Hawaii Bowl (25/12/02) recorded a sack, forced a fumble, broke up a pass and collected four tackles.

Personal: Anthony is the son of Alice Cannon-Camp and Anthony Cannon Sr. He has a 1-year old son named Anthony Jr. and lives in Atlanta, Georgia in the off-season. There, he mentors at-risk youth while working at a family services centre, and also helps run an afterschool program called Elev8 Performance that teaches life skills to youth from 6-18 years old. Anthony grew up in Lithonia, Georgia where he played high school football for Stephenson H.S. and first met Argos teammates CB Byron Parker and DB Michael Grant, and played football with CFL player Sean Lucas. Anthony was an Organizational Information Technology major at Tulane.

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