An athletic, rugged, powerful linebacker with size to fill holes and speed to chase ball-carriers, Anthony earned the starting job at middle linebacker during the preseason and started all 16 games. Anthony, the club’s second first round pick (31st overall) of the 2015 NFL draft, led the team with 144 tackles, including 99 solo stops, ranked first among NFL rookies. He was a consensus All-Rookie selection and looks to follow up his impressive rookie campaign with improvement in 2016 following the benefit of a season’s worth of experience and a full offseason with the club.
NFL CAREER – An athletic, rugged, powerful linebacker with size to fill holes and speed to chase ball-carriers, Anthony earned the starting job at middle linebacker during the preseason and started all 16 games. Anthony, the club’s second first round pick (31st overall) of the 2015 NFL draft, led the team with 144 tackles, including 99 solo stops, ranked first among NFL rookies. He was a consensus All-Rookie selection and looks to follow up his impressive rookie campaign with improvement in 2016 following the benefit of a season’s worth of experience and a full offseason with the club.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS – Signed to a four-year contract, 5/12/15; Selected by the Saints in the first round (31st overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft, 4/30/15.
HONORS – 2015: All-Rookie (PFWA and NFL.com).
2015 – As a rookie, started all 16 games at MLB, totaling 144 tackles (99 solo), to rank first among NFL rookies, an interception, a sack, five passes defensed, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery returned for a touchdown and a returned blocked PAT for a defensive two-point conversion. Consensus All-Rookie selection…In the team’s season opener at Arizona, Sept. 13, posted six solo tackles and one pass defensed in his NFL regular season debut…Recorded 12 tackles (eight solo), including three stops for loss vs. Tampa Bay, Sept. 20…Vs. Dallas, Oct. 4, recorded eight tackles (five solo) and his first career sack…Recorded 11 tackles (seven solo) vs. Atlanta, Oct. 15…At Indianapolis, Oct. 25, recorded five solo tackles and his first career interception. Became the first Saints rookie LB with a pick since James Allen (Sept. 8, 2002 at Tampa Bay)…Vs. N.Y. Giants, tallied career-high 21 tackles (eight solo)…Started and played on special teams at Houston, Nov. 29 and recorded nine tackles (seven solo), becoming the first Saints rookie LB to post 100 stops since Rickey Jackson (125-1981)…Started and saw action on special teams vs. Carolina, Dec. 6 and recorded 11 tackles (eight solo), also forcing and recovering a fumble that he returned 31 yards for a touchdown, the team’s first defensive TD since 2012. Also returned a blocked PAT for a defensive two-point conversion, the first in NFL history since the league rules change prior for 2015…Recorded seven tackles (four solo) and one forced fumble vs. Detroit, Dec. 21…In season finale at Atlanta, 1/3/16, made seven tackles (five solo).
COLLEGE – Played at Clemson from 2011-14…Posted career totals in 52 games with 35 starts of 330 tackles (210 solo), 9.5 sacks, three interceptions, 13 passes defensed, five forced fumbles and one fumble recovery…As a senior in ’14, was a team co-captain, a semifinalist for the Butkus Award and a consensus first-team All-ACC selection, leading his team with 90 tackles (61 solo), 2.5 sacks, one interception, four passes defensed and two forced fumbles…In 2013, was a second-team All-ACC selection by Phil Steeler and a third-team selection by both media and coaches as he had a team-high 131 tackles (75 solo), 13.5 stops for loss, four sacks, one interception, five passes defensed and one fumble recovery…In 2012, was a CollegeFootballNews.com honorable mention sophomore All-American, posting 77 tackles, 4.5 stops for loss, one sack, one interception, three passes defensed and one forced fumble…In 2011, had 32 tackles, six stops for loss, two sacks, one pass defensed and a team-high two forced fumbles over 13 games (three starts)…Graduated Dec. 18, 2014 with a degree in sociology.
PERSONAL – A Parade and USA Today first-team All–American at Anson (N.C.) HS and the first-ranked OLB in nation by ESPN and 247Sports.com...32nd-ranked player in the nation by ESPN…North Carolina Gatorade Player of the Year as a senior and Associated Press First-Team All-State selection as a junior and senior…Had 123 tackles, 16 stops for loss, four sacks and two interceptions as a senior and 302 yards on 50 carries and 498 yards on 14 kickoff returns…Catcher on the baseball team and power forward on the basketball team…Cousin of Clemson offensive guard Tyrone Crowder…Born July 28, 1992.
Saints linebacker Stephone Anthony met with media following Training Camp practice and talked about his comfort level as he continues to learn his new assignments at the will linebacker position (Saints Training Camp presented by Verizon)
LB Stephone Anthony talks about Saints Training Camp and how he is becoming more comfortable with his role on the defense.
NewOrleansSaints.com senior writer John DeShazier reviews some of the top plays from Linebacker Stephone Anthony during the 2015 season. Video by Brendan Hassett (New Orleans Saints video)
New Orleans Saints Linebacker Stephone Anthony met with media following today's home game vs the Carolina Panthers and spoke about his break out game today. Video by Brendan Hassett (New Orleans Saints Video)