September 1, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Clemson Tigers offensive tackle Shaq Anthony (76) and offensive linesman Brandon Thomas (63) celebrate beating the Auburn Tigers while wearing the "Old Leather Helmet" at the Georgia Dome. Clemson won 26-19. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Shaq Anthony to Transfer from the Clemson Football Program

Offensive tackle Shaq Anthony has decided to transfer from the Clemson football program, according to a release from the school. The junior cited his desire to win a starting job as a factor in his decision to leave.

“I have enjoyed my time at Clemson and appreciate the opportunity I’ve had,” Anthony said. “This is an outstanding program, but I wish to make a clean start at a program where I can hopefully be a starter. I want to thank all the Clemson coaches, my teammates and the Clemson family for their support. I will always be a Tiger.”

This is a big loss for the Tigers. Even if Anthony wasn’t going to be a starter this season, it’s a serious hit to Clemson’s depth at tackle. As mentioned in the release, Anthony played in 10 games last year and 17 over the past two seasons (with five starts). Anthony most likely would have the seen the field quite a bit this season, even if he didn’t win a starting job.

The Clemson starting offensive line should be pretty good this season but, in the event of injuries, Anthony’s loss could be very bad news.

In any case, I wish Anthony well wherever he ends up. It’s understandable that he would want to get on the field more and hopefully he will find success somewhere else.

“I appreciate the hard work Shaq has put into this program,” Dabo Swinney said. “Sometimes a player needs a change. I support his decision and will help him any way I can. I wish him nothing but the best.”

I’m sure everyone around the Clemson football program feels the same way. Good luck to Shaq Anthony.

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