Starting linebacker Anthony Waters will return to Clemson for his senior year, CUTigers.com has learned.
In a meeting with head coach Tommy Bowden Thursday, Waters told the Tigers' head coach that he will indeed return to Clemson next season as opposed to entering the NFL Draft.
"I love Clemson and its just the best thing for me," said Waters. "Most of all I just wanted to get my degree."
In 11 games last season, Waters led the Tigers with 109 tackles, which averages 9.9 tackles per game and ranks third in the ACC. He also had 13.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, seven pass breakups and five quarterback pressures.
Waters also said he feels as though the decision to stay was in the best interest of his family.
The junior linebacker out of Lake View, S.C. was projected by the NFL Draft Advisory committee to go somewhere between second and fourth rounds of the 2006 NFL Draft, should he have come out of school early.
"We are very excited to have Anthony Waters back for his senior year," said Tommy Bowden in a statement. "He had a very productive year in 2005, and we look forward to him making even more improvement in 2006.
"While Anthony was our leading tackler this past year, he might mean even more to us in terms of his leadership."
Anthony Waters Reaches Decision
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