Inside LB Countdown: Anthony’s Career Notes

Here is a look at the statistical milestones and career accolades of Clemson's Stephone Anthony, who emerged as the No. 2-ranked inside linebacker following last week's meeting of league scouts.

CAREER NOTES

Stephone Anthony started 35-of-52 games at middle linebacker for Clemson, as he recorded 330 tackles (210 solos) with 9.5 sacks for minus 77 yards, 34.5 stops for losses totaling 151 yards and 18 quarterback pressures…Caused three fumbles and intercepted three passes, in addition to deflecting 13 tosses…Added five tackles as a member of the special team coverage units…Participated in 2,264 defensive snaps.

NCAA Career-Record Results: Among active NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision players, Anthony ranks ninth with 210 solo tackles and 20th with 330 total hits…Tied with Ohio State’s Joey Bosa for 15th with 34.5 tackles-for-loss and tied with Virginia Tech’s Dadi Nicolas for 31st with tackle-for-loss yardage of 151.

School Season-Record Results: Anthony’s 131 tackles in 2013 rank 15th on the school annual chart and are the most by a Tiger since Leroy Hill posted 145 hits in 2003…With 131 tackles as a junior and 90 as a senior, he became the 11th Clemson player to lead the team in tackles during multiple seasons.

2014: Anthony garnered All-American third-team honors from The NFL Draft Report, as the team co-captain also garnered first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference accolades from that scouting information service, Athlon, College Sports Madness, ESPN, Phil Steele and the league’s coaches…One of 15 semifinalists for the Butkus Award, Anthony led the team with 90 tackles (61 solos), becoming the 11th player in school history to pace the Tigers in tackles more than once…Added 2.5 sacks for minus-27 yards, 10.5 stops for losses of 52 yards and 11 quarterback pressures…Deflected four passes and returned a pass theft for an 8-yard gain…A disputable targeting call in the regular season finale vs. South Carolina earned Anthony a two-quarter suspension for the start of the Russell Athletic Bowl meeting vs. Oklahoma…Recorded double-digit tackles in each of the North Carolina, Boston College and Georgia State contests.

2014 SEASON HIGHLIGHTS: Anthony was named ACC Co-Defensive Player of the Week for his performance vs. Syracuse, as he recorded a six-yard sack on the opening play, and then followed with a caused fumble and an interception. He finished with seven tackles overall. His interception and 8-yard return came after Clemson had turned the ball over and gave the momentum back to the Tigers in the close 16-6 win He also had a quarterback hurry…Posted five tackles and 1.5 stops-for-loss in 55 snaps at Georgia, adding five tackles and two stops-for-loss in 16 snaps vs. South Carolina State, as he was named team defensive player-of-the-game for his efforts...Registered a team-high eight tackles, two for loss, one sack, two pass break-ups and two quarterback pressures in 66 snaps at top-ranked Florida State to earn Bednarik Award Player-of-the-Week and team co-defensive player-of-the-game recognition…Was in on a game-high 10 tackles and 1.5 stops-for-loss in 79 snaps vs. North Carolina, also collecting seven tackles, 0.5 sacks, two pass break-ups and a caused fumble in 42 snaps vs. North Carolina State…Posted seven tackles and a team-high three quarterback pressures in 67 snaps vs. Louisville and had a team-high 10 tackles in 58 snaps at Boston College…Made a team-tying-high nine tackles in 67 snaps at Wake Forest and seven tackles in 63 snaps at Georgia Tech…Produced a team-tying-high 10 tackles, one tackle for loss and two quarterback pressures in 59 snaps vs. Georgia State…He came off the bench after serving a suspension the first two quarters to deliver three tackles and one for loss in 25 snaps vs. Oklahoma.

2013 SEASON: Anthony was a first-team All-ACC pick by The NFL Draft Report, a second-team choice by Phil Steele and a third-team selection by the league’s media and coaches)...Anthony started all thirteen games at middle linebacker, recording the most tackles by a Clemson player since 2003, as he paced the squad with a career-high 131 tackles (15th on the school season-record chart) that included 75 solo hits, four sacks for minus 30 yards, 13.5 stops for losses of 58 yards and three quarterback pressures…Deflected five passes and also intercepted another toss…Recorded at least ten tackles in seven appearances…Tallied 12 tackles, one for loss and two pass breakups in 68 snaps at South Carolina and delivered a game-high 11 tackles and an interception on Ohio State’s final drive that sealed the win and a pass break-up in 72 snaps vs. Ohio State in the Orange Bowl to receive team co-defensive player-of-the-game recognition.

2012 SEASON: Anthony started seven of the thirteen games he appeared in, as the All-ACC honorable mention sophomore finished fourth on the team with 77 tackles (49 solos), that included 4.5 stops for minus 12 yards, two pressures, one sack, one interception, three pass break-ups and one caused fumble in 459 snaps…Recorded four double-digit performances while starting the first six games on the schedule.

2011 SEASON: Anthony appeared in all thirteen games as a true freshman, as the middle linebacker earned three starting assignments…On 292 defensive snaps, he collected 32 tackles (25 solos) with two sacks, six stops for losses of 29 yards, two forced fumbles and a pass deflection…Added three more tackles on special teams.

INJURY REPORT

2012 Season: Anthony sat out the final week of spring drills after he suffered a torn ligament in his finger that required surgery.

2011 Season: The true freshman sat out the Boston College game with an ankle injury.

AGILITY TESTS

Scouting Combine — 4.56 in the 40-yard dash…1.56 10-yard dash…2.63 20-yard dash…4.03 20-yard shuttle…7.07 three-cone drill…37-inch vertical jump…10’02” broad jump…Bench pressed 225 pounds 23 times…32 1/2-inch arm length…10 3/8-inch hands…78 1/4-inch wingspan.


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