Size: 6-0, 229
Year: Junior (2-year letterman)
High School: Texarkana High School
Hometown: Texarkana, Texas
A three-star recruit, Anthony Rhone recorded 146 tackles and an interception, and was named first team All-District as a junior. He chose SMU over an offer from UNT.
Rhone played in 10 games his sophomore season, starting against East Carolina and Houston. He registered just 29 tackles and even picked up an interception against James Madison.
As a unit, SMU’s linebackers have been mostly disappointing over the past two seasons (maybe more?) and that does not exclude Rhone. Perhaps it is just a limited sample size—two starts isn’t a whole lot.
But did he do enough with his opportunity?
Rhone’s starts last season came in back to back games and then he came off the bench for the final six.
Against East Carolina, he registered eight total tackles which was second on the team behind Darrion Richardson’s team leading ten. Reminder: SMU lost that game 49-23 and gave up 306 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns.
In his second start, against Houston, Rhone had six tackles. SMU lost that game 49-28 and gave up 214 rushing yards and seven rushing touchdowns.
So in his two starts Rhone picked up 48 percent of his season long production and was part of a unit that gave up more than 500 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns on the ground.
Outlook in 2016
If you look back at Rhone’s production on the Hilltop throughout his career, the bar should be set relatively low in 2006.
Thirty eight careers tackles in 22 games. That’s 1.7 tackles per game. One interception, one fumble recovery and one pass defended.
SMU has 15 linebackers on its roster. It’s hard to see Rhone playing in anything more than a supporting role again this season.
The Mustangs allowed 3340 rushing yards and 40 rushing touchdowns. If SMU really want this season to be different than the past two…opponents rushing attacks need to be contained and that begins with the front seven.