Anthony Southern
Anthony Southern
Player Profile
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Whiteville, N.C.

High School:
Whiteville H.S.

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 239

Position:
RB

WORTH NOTING: Punishing runner who made the transition to starting fullback in 1998 ... big, powerful back with sure hands ... especially hard to stop in short-yardage situations ... good pass protector and effective receiver out of the backfield ... missed two regular season games due to injury in 1998 but still ranked second behind tailback Thomas Jones among Cavalier running backs with seven catches for 96 yards ... scored four touchdowns, three rushing and one receiving ... fifth on the team in scoring last year with 24 points ... caught two passes in the 1999 spring game ... three-year letter winner ... participating on this year's team as a first-year graduate student.

AT VIRGINIA: 1998-Battled nagging injuries throughout the season ... still managed to play in nine regular season games and against Georgia in the Peach Bowl ... started nine contests, including the Peach Bowl ... injured in the opener against Auburn and did not play the next two weeks ... returned to action against Duke, but did not start as UVa opened in a three-wide receiver set ... started every game after Duke, beginning with the San Jose State game ... carried 14 times for 59 yards and three touchdowns on the season ... was not dropped for a loss during the regular season ... also caught seven passes for 96 yards and one touchdown ... didn't have a rushing attempt until the season's fourth game, when he carried three times for eight yards against Duke ... scored on a 19-yard pass from Aaron Brooks against San Jose State ... carried three times for 15 yards and scored on a one-yard plunge against Georgia Tech ... rushed four times for 19 yards and one touchdown against Florida State ... had a season-long 14-yard run in that game and scored from two-yards out ... scored from a yard out on his only carry against North Carolina ... ran two yards for a touchdown against Georgia in the Peach Bowl ... finished the game with four yards rushing on three carries and caught one pass for no gain ... lettered for the third time. 1997-Played in nine games as a reserve running back ... backed up Charles Kirby at fullback and also saw action at tailback ... played a lot in the one-back set ... was injured against Wake Forest and Clemson ... fourth on the team in rushing with 158 yards ... second on the team among those with at least 10 carries in yards per carry with a 3.7 average ... team's third-leading receiver with 18 catches for 207 yards ... tied for sixth on the team in scoring with 12 points ... rushed for a career-high 61 yards on 14 carries and caught three passes for 31 yards against Maryland ... gained 48 of his rushing yards (on nine carries) during a second-quarter Cavalier scoring drive ... rushed 10 times for 30 yards and caught three passes for 33 yards against Georgia Tech ... scored the game-winning touchdown on a one-yard plunge with 1:16 remaining as Virginia rallied for a 35-31 victory over the Yellow Jackets ... caught two passes for 28 yards and carried six times for 17 yards during UVa's final scoring drive (15 plays, 75 yards) ... turned a third-down swing pass into a 12-yard gain and a first down to keep the drive alive ... ran for one first down and caught passes for two first downs during that drive ... had five catches for 97 yards-both career highs-in UVa's 34-20 victory over Virginia Tech ... caught a 55-yard touchdown pass from Aaron Brooks with 6:11 remaining in the second quarter ... 55-yard reception is the longest of his career ... rushed seven times for 23 yards against Richmond ... had two receptions against both North Carolina and Florida State ... lettered for the second time. 1996-Played in all 11 regular season games as a reserve running back and on special teams ... did not play in the Carquest Bowl against Miami due to a knee injury ... saw action at both tailback and fullback during the regular season ... ran the ball 44 times for 182 yards (4.1 yards/carry) ... caught two passes for 27 yards ... rushed 10 times for 46 yards against N.C. State ... had a career-long run of 16 yards in that game ... had 12 carries for 44 yards in the season opener against Central Michigan ... rushed six times for 37 yards against Duke ... had a 20-yard reception against Clemson ... also caught a pass for seven yards in the win over Wake Forest ... lettered. 1995-Red-shirted ... did not play in a game ... in uniform against William & Mary, N.C. State, Clemson and Wake Forest.

HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Fork Union Military Academy during the 1994-95 academic year ... graduate of Whiteville High School ... gained 600 yards rushing and caught 15 passes as a tailback for coach John Shuman at Fork Union ... was a three-year letter winner at tailback for Whiteville coach Brian Aldridge ... twice chosen All-State and All-Region ... was conference and county Player of the Year as a high school senior ... three-time All-Conference and All-County selection ... team MVP ... as a senior he rushed for 2,338 yards and 32 touchdowns-both school records ... was cited in USA Today after rushing for 303 yards and six touchdowns in the final playoff game of his senior season ... earned three letters in basketball ... chosen All-Conference as a senior and twice named All-County ... was a four-year letter winner in baseball ... selected by the Seattle Mariners in the 16th round of the Major League Baseball draft after hitting .360 and stealing 25 bases as a high school senior ... helped Whiteville compile a 26-0 overall record and win the state championship his freshman season ... earned four letters in track and field, earning All-Conference and All-County recognition ... was a member of state champion 400 relay team as a sophomore ... was the first four-sport athlete to compete at Whiteville High School.

PERSONAL: Anthony Lynn Southern ... born 8-8-75 in Whiteville, N.C. ... son of Bessie Southern and George Southern ... has a sister, Michelle (27) ... has served as a parks and recreation department volunteer ... received his undergraduate degree in anthropology in May of 1999.

SOUTHERN RUSHING


                     Net   Play Game

Year   Games Carries Yards Avg  Avg   LP  TD

1996    11    44     182   4.1  16.5  16  0

1997    9     43     158   3.7  17.6  11  1

1998    9     14     59    4.2  6.6   14  3

Career  29    101    399   4.0  13.8  16  4

SOUTHERN RECEIVING


Year   Games  Receptions  Yards Yards/Catch  Long  TD  Catch/Game

1996    11      2         27      13.5        20   0     0.2

1997    9       18        207     11.5        55   1     2.0

1998    9       7         96      13.7        29   1     0.8

Career  29      27        330     12.2        55   2     0.9

SOUTHERN KICKOFF RETURNS


Year   Games  Number Yards  Average  Long  TD

1998     9      1     22     22.0     22   0

SOUTHERN CAREER RUSHING



Game-By-Game

1996 Opp. Att. Yds. TD Long Cent. Mich. 12 44 0 9 Maryland 4 19 0 11 @Wake Forest 4 14 0 5 Texas 4 21 0 10 @Ga. Tech 1 -1 0 -1 N.C. State 10 46 0 16 @Florida State 2 2 0 4 @Duke 6 37 0 9 Clemson 0 0 0 - North Carolina 0 0 0 - @Va. Tech 1 0 0 0 Miami*** 0 0 0 -

1997 Opp. Att. Yds. TD Long Auburn 2 2 0 1 Richmond 7 23 0 10 @North Carolina 1 1 0 1 Wake Forest INJ @Clemson INJ Duke 3 17 0 8 Florida State 2 7 0 5 @Maryland 14 61 0 10 Georgia Tech 10 30 0 11 @N.C. State 1 11 0 11 Virginia Tech 3 6 0 6

1998 Opp. Att. Yds. TD Long @Auburn 0 0 0 - Maryland INJ Clemson INJ @Duke 3 8 0 4 San Jose State 1 7 0 7 @Georgia Tech 3 15 1 8 N.C. State 0 0 0 - @Wake Forest 1 4 0 4 @Florida State 4 19 1 14 North Carolina 1 1 1 1 @Virginia Tech 1 5 0 5 Georgia^^^ 3 4 1 3

*** - Carquest Bowl ^^^ - Peach Bowl

SOUTHERN CAREER HIGHS


(Does not include Bowl Games)

Rush Att: 14 vs. Maryland, 11-1-97

Yds Rushing: 61 vs. Maryland, 11-1-97

Long: 16 vs. N.C. State, 10-19-96

Receptions: 5 vs. Virginia Tech, 11-29-97

Yds Receiving: 97 vs. Virginia Tech, 11-29-97

Long: 55 vs. Virginia Tech, 11-29-97

SOUTHERN CAREER RECEIVING



Game-By-Game

1996 Opp. Rec. Yds. TD Long @Wake Forest 1 7 0 7 Clemson 1 20 0 20

1997 Opp. Rec. Yds. TD Long Auburn 1 0 0 0 Richmond 0 0 0 - @North Carolina 2 17 0 13 Wake Forest INJ @Clemson INJ Duke 1 1 0 1 Florida State 2 20 0 18 @Maryland 3 31 0 14 Georgia Tech 3 33 0 16 @N.C. State 1 8 0 8 Virginia Tech 5 97 1 55

1998 Opp. Rec. Yds. TD Long @Auburn 1 -2 0 - Maryland INJ Clemson INJ @Duke 0 0 0 - San Jose State 1 19 1 19 @Georgia Tech 2 41 0 29 N.C. State 1 22 0 22 @Wake Forest 0 0 0 0 @Florida State 1 2 0 2 North Carolina 1 14 0 14 @Virginia Tech 0 0 0 - Georgia^^^ 1 0 0 0

^^^ - Peach Bowl