Name: Eric Anthony
Hometown: Baldwinsville, NY
High School: C.W. Baker
2015 Stats: Anthony played in 11 games for the Syracuse Orange last season on special teams, mainly on kickoff returns. He recorded the first two tackles of his career against Pittsburgh.
2016 Projections: On SU's post-spring depth chart, Anthony is third at the strong-side linebacker position behind junior Jonathan Thomas and senior Ted Taylor, so his impact will probably remain mostly on special teams.
How'd He Get Here: He's a local kid from just up the road in Baldwinsville, and he made the team as a walk-on prior to the 2013 season. His official position changed from defensive back to linebacker during spring 2016 practice.
What'd Recruiting Sites Say?: He's a walk-on, so no comments or ratings from any recruiting sites.
Money Quote: Anthony on the experience of delivering Easter baskets to kids at the Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital near campus:
"Some people think football players have it tough, but our workouts are nothing compared to what these kids are going through. They're tough."
I've got to hand it to the kid, he seems to have everything in perspective.
Links of Wonder: According to a Syracuse.com article from two years ago, Anthony appears to be a good kid from a good family who is interested in helping and giving to others.
Twitter feed: N/A
Tweets of Wonder: Last week, Anthony and teammate Jason Emerich appeared on CNY Central News to discuss the annual "Lift For Life" fundraiser.
What Does the Coaching Staff Think of Him?: Apparently they think he's better suited to be an outside linebacker than a defensive back, since Anthony changed positions officially during spring ball this year.
Interesting Nugget O'Interest: By all accounts, Anthony appears to be an excellent student. He has been named to the SU Athletic Director's Honor Roll in every semester of his college career and has been named to the ACC Honor Roll in each of his first three years on campus. He also serves in a leadership role for the SU chapter of Uplifting Athletes, and is the vice president of community outreach for the Syracuse Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). As if that weren't enough, he does it all while being a double major in Finance and Real Estate.
Let's Get a Good Look Atcha: Here's Anthony's interview from last week on CNY Central News to discuss "Lift for Life".