Another 10-star recruit: Stephone Anthony says he'll be back for senior season

Middle LB follows in the footsteps of Tajh Boyd, C.J. Spiller in delaying NFL opportunity

Orange Bowl - Clemson's Stephone Anthony intercepts Ohio State Braxton Miller's pass in the final minute

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Orange Bowl - Clemson's Stephone Anthony intercepts Ohio State Braxton Miller's pass in the final minute

Three years ago, Stephone Anthony was a consensus five-star recruit.

On Tuesday he moved into "10-star recruit" territory when he announced via social media his intention to return to Clemson for his senior season.

Anthony was a mainstay for Clemson's improved defense this season, manning the middle linebacker position and starting all 13 games, for a total of 802 snaps.

He led the Tigers in tackles this season with 131, including 13.5 for a loss of yardage. He also had four sacks, five PBUs, three quarterback-pressures, an interception and a fumble recovery.

The interception - which was the second of his career - sealed the Tigers' 40-35 victory over Ohio State in the Orange Bowl and wrapped up Clemson's final No. 7 national ranking.

For his career, Anthony has played in 39 games and started 23.

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TigerNE writes:

Our defense has the potential to be better than in the 2013 season. If we can improve on midfield pass protection, I think our remaining talent to hold the line, pass rush, and hold back the running game.

With Beasley almost surely going to the draft now (missed the first mandatory team meeting), the big question is which player or players become the real QB threat now. Crawford? Lawson? Ogundenko? All three?

Xander5000 writes:

Since Stephone Anthony is staying and Tony Steward coming back also....its time for those two to take it up 5 notches for their senior years next season. I mean GO ALL OUT. I'm talking Levon Kirkland, Ed McDaniel, Leroy Hill, Keith Adams dominating type stuff. Plus with all the talent that will learn from them and back them up....it should be special at linebacker next season.

tigerrob44#291802 writes:

This is great news for Clemson. I like the analogy with some of the great linebackers we have had. Maybe we can come up with 4 that are as good as the 4 on the '89 team. They were the best 4 linebackers in the country. Very happy he is coming back. What about Beasley?

f8thwlk writes:

Beasley is gone.

fq1126 writes:

The defense will be the same, great news for the Gamecocks!

BrandonRink writes:

in response to fq1126:

The defense will be the same, great news for the Gamecocks!

They held South Carolina to their second-lowest yard total of the season...on the road. The turnovers inflated the score. All I'm saying is you might have some issues come 2014 in Memorial Stadium.

radtiger writes:

in response to BrandonRink:

They held South Carolina to their second-lowest yard total of the season...on the road. The turnovers inflated the score. All I'm saying is you might have some issues come 2014 in Memorial Stadium.

Blah Blah Blah...Year after year.... and like always making excuses for why we lose to SC...this will be the 6th in a row...They held us in yard as well and Yall still just dont get it!!! Our days of dominating them is OVER

TigerNE writes:

in response to radtiger:

Blah Blah Blah...Year after year.... and like always making excuses for why we lose to SC...this will be the 6th in a row...They held us in yard as well and Yall still just dont get it!!! Our days of dominating them is OVER

Nonsense. If you feel that way I wonder why you would watch the next game at all.

The point is clear. The defense was not the reason for losing the last game. And given the talent this year we have every reason to think the same for the next match in DV.

clemvol writes:

The defense is still very much a deep concern. Overall stats look ok at face value but when you look at the teams that the Tigers played this year with a winning record the average points given up is 30 pts per game. Not acceptable. The mindset for the defense is still for them not to worry because the offense can bail the team out by simply out scoring the opponent. There is still a tremendous amount of work to be done.

kellytown writes:

in response to clemvol:

The defense is still very much a deep concern. Overall stats look ok at face value but when you look at the teams that the Tigers played this year with a winning record the average points given up is 30 pts per game. Not acceptable. The mindset for the defense is still for them not to worry because the offense can bail the team out by simply out scoring the opponent. There is still a tremendous amount of work to be done.

Great comment, I totally agree. However Brent has greatly improved our defense especially the linebackers. We need more experience in the secondary they got really exposed all year look at the wide open recievers in the OSU game. Not to mention with out a very good pass rush we would have really been hurt in several games.

TigerNE writes:

in response to clemvol:

The defense is still very much a deep concern. Overall stats look ok at face value but when you look at the teams that the Tigers played this year with a winning record the average points given up is 30 pts per game. Not acceptable. The mindset for the defense is still for them not to worry because the offense can bail the team out by simply out scoring the opponent. There is still a tremendous amount of work to be done.

I don't see it as a "deep concern" needing "tremendous amount of work." Sure, further improvement is needed, but this season the defense was more responsible for our wins than the offense was. For example, they prevented UGA from scoring 9 out of 15 possessions. Not good enough, but far from bad against a powerful team (at the time). FSU was a complete breakdown on both sides and maybe the only game worth studying looking for opportunities for tremendous improvement. But from both the offense and defense.

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