Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Area College Football Players Roundup; Navy, Not NFL, Fires Up Anthony

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Area College Football Players Roundup; Navy, Not NFL, Fires Up Anthony

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Byline: Don Coble

As a junior at the U.S. Naval Academy, Will Anthony has the next 21 years mapped out. He wants to play one more season playing football, then spend the next 20 years in the Navy.

"I don't want to play professional football," the 6-foot-1, 246-pound defensive end from Trinity Christian Academy said. "I want to go into the military."

Anthony certainly could make a case for a football life outside the Navy once his military commitment is complete, as Roger Staubach did in 1964. He was drafted in the 10th round in 1964, but he spent five years in the Navy before reporting to football camp in 1969.

Anthony doesn't plan to follow the same path.

"I want to retire after 20 years and start my own business," he said.

Anthony had 12 tackles and 2 1/2 sacks in a 42-40 victory at South Alabama to earn national FBS independent defensive player of the week award. His 59 tackles, including a team-high eight for a loss, are fourth-highest for the Midshipmen as they prepare for their traditional rivalry game against Army on Dec. 13 in Baltimore.

Navy (6-5) became bowl-eligible for the 11th time in the last 12 years with the victory at South Alabama, and it will finish the season in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl on Dec. 23. The opponent, presumably San Diego State, will come from the Mountain West Conference.


- Florida Atlantic FS Christian Milstead (Camden County) had 10 tackles and two pass breakups, DB Raekwon Williams (First Coast) and five tackles, and WR Kalib Woods (Fletcher) had two catches for 54 yards in a 31-28 loss to Old Dominion.

- Florida State LB Reggie Northrup (First Coast) had 11 tackles, LB DeMarcus Walker (Sandalwood) had six tackles, including one for a loss, and DT Derrick Mitchell (First Coast) had four tackles in a 24-19 win over Florida.

- Georgia Tech DB Chris Milton (Charlton County) had five tackles in a 30-24 overtime win at Georgia.

- Ole Miss DE Marquis Haynes (University Christian) had five tackles, including a sack, and OT Laremy Tunsil (Columbia) started for an offense that gained 532 yards in a 31-17 win over Mississippi State. …

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