Countdown to Kickoff: #40 Anthony Waters

Anthony Waters claimed the starting JACK linebacker position ahead of redshirt freshman Nick Watkins earlier this spring. For his efforts, he was named the most improved linebacker of spring practice.

LB Anthony Waters
6-3, 235
Lake View HS
Lake View, SC


Quick Bio
Waters was an all-state selection and Class A Offensive Player-of-the-Year Lake View High School. He rushed for 1,382 yards and 23 touchdowns, and added 22 catches for 450 yards with four scores as a running back, and recorded 145 tackles, 15 of which were tackles for loss during his senior season for the Wild Gators.
The Scoop
In his first year of action, Anthony Waters logged 172 snaps and recorded 35 total tackles as a back up to John Leake. In 2004, he'll enter fall practice as a starter along side LeRoy Hill. The former Lake View star has excellent size and only lacks experience in the eyes of the coaching staff.

Key Points
  • Anthony Waters claimed the starting JACK linebacker position ahead of redshirt freshman Nick Watkins earlier this spring. For his efforts, he was named the most improved linebacker of spring practice. "I've learned how to read the linemen, and that's help a lot," said Waters. "I've also gotten a lot of advice from LeRoy and I still talk to John Leake. Everybody's been helping me out, trying to make a better player."

  • "I'm the starter now, so that means a lot. I did all the work I could this spring to earn that spot, so I'm hoping that goes over well this fall," said Waters. "I've still got a lot to learn, but I've got a lot of good players around helping me out."

  • Linebackers coach David Blackwell said earlier this summer, "Coming out spring practice, he really separated himself from Nick Watkins, but it's not a situation where I'm ready to say 'absolutely he's the guy.' He hasn't taken the job yet. It's close enough to say that I'm not ready to name a definite starter. I thought both of those guys did some good things for us this spring and they'll both be trying to get that starting spot this fall."

    Outlook
    Anthony Waters is a linebacker on the Clemson defense with unlimited potential. He's big and he's fast, but the only thing he lacks coming into this season is experience. Playing behind John Leake last year, the most snaps he ever saw in a game was 20, so depending on him for 4 quarters is somewhat of a question mark in the eyes of the coaching staff.

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