Jason Phillips: A Texas Scholar

“I think you all have gotten to know that when we take a defensive player, that player has some special traits about him – the way he plays – and Jason plays that way,” Ravens general manager and executive vice president Ozzie Newsome stated. “I think he’ll come in and he’ll get the opportunity to compete with Jameel [McClain] and Tavares [Gooden].”

JASON PHILLIPS, No. 58, Inside Linebacker – Rookie, 6-1, 240, TCU

HS: Waller (TX)

Born: February 14, 1986

Joined Ravens: Draft 5a (137th), 2009

Pro: Jason Phillips was selected in the 5th round (137th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft 

College: An anchor of one of college football’s premier defenses while at TCU, Phillips is the only player in league history to earn All-Mountain West Conference honors in 4 consecutive seasons…In 3 of those seasons, he led the team in tackles (and was 2nd the year he didn’t lead the team)…Phillips started all 50 games he played, recording 315 tackles (194 solo), 7.5 sacks (-63 yards) and 38 TFL (-131 yards)…Also posted 1 FF, 2 INTs and 11 PD during his career…Graduated in December 2008 with a degree in criminal justice…The graduation ceremony took place at the team hotel the night before the 2008 Poinsettia Bowl, as he was unable to attend the actual commencement on campus since he was in San Diego preparing for the bowl game.

2008: An All-American Honorable Mention selection by The NFL Draft Report and Sports Illustrated, he also earned AII-Mountain West Conference 1st-team honors his senior season…Appeared on the watch lists for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Dick Butkus Award and Rotary Lombardi Award…He started 12 games at MLB, leading the team for the 3rd time in his collegiate career with 84 tackles (57 solo), including a career-high 3.5 sacks (-29 yards) and 13 TFL (-44 yards)…Phillips guided a unit that led the nation in total defense (217.8 ypg) and rush defense (47.1 ypg), while also ranking 2nd in scoring defense (11.3 ppg)…He recorded double-digit tackles in 4 games on the season.

2007: As a junior, he lined up as the starting MLB in all 13 games, leading the team with a career-high 87 tackles (57 solo)…Also registered 2 sacks (-20 yards) and 10.5 TFL (-47 yards) en route to earning 2nd-team AII-Mountain West Conference accolades…Was named to the watch lists for the Lombardi Award and Dick Butkus Award to begin the season…Phillips helped the Horned Frogs rank 15th in the nation in total defense (323.6 ypg) and 11th in rush defense (103.5 ypg).

2006: A 1st-team All-Mountain West Conference selection his sophomore season, he started all 13 games at MLB, ranking 2nd on the squad with 73 tackles (38 solo)…He added a 9-yard sack and 6 TFL (-22 yards), also forcing 1 fumble…Spurred the Horned Frogs’ defense, which finished 2nd in the nation in total defense (234.9 ypg) and rush defense (60.9 ypg).

2005: Earned 2nd-team Freshmen All-American honors by The Sporting News, becoming the 1st freshman defensive player in Mountain West Conference history to earn any AII-Mountain West Conference honors (2nd-team selection)…Starting 12 games at MLB, he led the Horned Frogs with 71 tackles (41 solo), including a 5-yard sack and 8.5 TFL…Named the MWC Freshman of the Year by College Football News.

2004: Redshirted as a true freshman.

High School, Personal: Phillips attended Waller (TX) HS, where he played QB and LB…A 2-time team captain, he earned District 18-4A MVP honors in 2003 and was a member of Team USA in the 2004 Global Bowl…He was also selected to play in the 2004 Bayou Bowl, a regional high school All-Star game…Rushed 172 times for 1,291 yards and connected on 61 of 138 passes for 1,070 yards as a senior…In his initial varsity season (2001), Phillips was named the District 18-4A Newcomer of the Year…Also lettered in track, where he was a regional qualifier in the 110-meter hurdles…Graduated with Texas Scholar honors.

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Lunch-Pail Type Guy: Cedric Peerman

“Cedric is a downhill guy with very, very good speed,” Ravens director of player personnel Eric DeCosta noted. “He’s as tough as they come with good hands. He’s been a very productive special teams guy. He’s got a tough mindset. He’s a lunch-pail type guy. He was another ‘red star’ for us this year. Guys who get this distinction have a temperament and countenance we want – toughness, high character and intelligence, leadership and competitiveness.”

CEDRIC PEERMAN, No. 38, Running Back – Rookie, 5-9, 220, Virginia

HS: William Campbell (Gladys, VA)

Born: October 10, 1986

Joined Ravens: Draft 6 (185th), 2009

PRO: Cedric Peerman was selected in the 6th round (185th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft…

COLLEGE: Played 41 games with 18 starts over his career, becoming the 36th Cavalier to rush for over 1,000 career yards, finishing with a total of 1,749 yards on the ground with 15 TDs, adding to that 1,256 yards from 50 KORs and 67 receptions for 344 yards and 1 TD…Peerman’s 3,349 all-purpose yards rank 10th in Virginia’s annals…His career-long 79-yard run vs. East Carolina in 2008 tied Ray Brown (vs. Hampden-Sydney, 1946) and Barry Word (vs. Georgia Tech, 1985) for the 7th-longest run from scrimmage in Cavalier history…Over his career, Virginia went 11-2 when Peerman had at least 15 rushing attempts…Graduated in May 2008 with a sociology degree.

2008: Named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference honorable mention squad after leading the team with a career-high 774 yards on 153 carries (5.1 avg.) and 7 TDs…Was named the ACC Offensive Back of the Week after recording his career-long 79-yard run against ECU in Week 5…Ranked 4th in the ACC with an average of 70.4 rushing yards per game, and he ran for over 100 yards 3 times…Ranked 3rd on the team with 44 receptions for 193 yards (4.4 avg.) and returned 5 KOs for 108 yards (21.6 avg.)… Led the Cavaliers with 1,075 all-purpose yards (9th in the league), averaging 97.4 yards per game.

2007: Had a dynamic start to the season before a foot injury in Week 6 caused him to need surgery…Led the team with 585 rushing yards and 5 TDs on 113 carries (5.2 avg.) during a season that culminated with the Cavaliers’ appearance in the Konica Minolta Gator Bowl…Finished the year with 771 all-purpose yards, catching 13 passes for 99 yards (7.6 avg.) and returning 5 KOs for 87 yards (17.4 avg.)…Was the 1st Cavalier since 2004 to run for over 100 yards in 3 games.

2006: Played in 12 games with 1 start…Ranked 12th in the nation with 19 KORs for 519 yards (27.3 avg.)…Rushed for 153 yards on 46 carries (3.3 avg.) and caught 7 passes for 38 yards (5.4 avg.).

2005: Saw action in all 12 games, making his 1st-career start vs. Syracuse…Virginia won the Music City Bowl during a season that saw Peerman accumulate 70 carries for 237 yards (3.4 avg.) and 3 TDs…He caught 3 receptions for 14 yards (4.7 avg.) and 1 TD and was 22nd in the nation with 21 KORs for 542 yards (25.8 avg.).

2004: Redshirted his freshman year.

High School, Personal: Attended William Campbell (Gladys, VA) HS…Was a PrepStar AII-American and 2-time All-State choice who scored a state-record 708 points and ranks 2nd in state history with 112 TDs…Named the Virginia Player of the Year as a senior after rushing 222 times for 2,016 yards and 43 TDs, while also catching 12 passes for 203 yards and 2 TDs, adding 1 score from a KOR…His 45 TDs led the state, and his 280 points are the 3rd-highest total in Virginia history…Earned 1st-team All-State, All-Region and All-District accolades after his junior year, running for 2,048 yards and 43 scores and catching 22 passes for 367 yards and 7 more TDs…That year his team won the state championship, during which he rushed for 317 yards and scored a state-record 7 TDs…Moved from WR to RB midway through his sophomore season…Also started on the basketball team, and a standout sprinter and long jumper on the track team…Won 2 state championships in the 100 meters as a junior and senior, while also placing 4th in the long jump and triple jump, and 8th in the shot put, to lead his school to state championship his senior year…He received the DAR Good Citizen Award for the qualities of dependability, service, leadership and patriotism as a senior in high school…Full name: Cedric Edwin Peerman.

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Tough and Tenacious: Paul Kruger

“He’s a tough guy, a tenacious guy,” Ravens director of player personnel Eric DeCosta stated. “He’s got a great motor. I think he’s a guy that’s going to have a chance to play defensive end, possibly SAM backer, possibly rush backer. He’s good with his hands. We love tough football players on defense, and he fits the bill… [He’s got] a temperament and countenance we want – toughness, high character and intelligence, leadership and competitiveness.”  

KRUGER, No. 99, Linebacker/Defensive End, 6-4, 265 lbs., Utah

HS: Timpanogos (Orem, UT)

Born: February 15, 1986

Joined Ravens: Draft 2 (57th), 2009 

Pro: Paul Kruger was selected in the 2nd round (57th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft…Kruger was tabbed a ‘red star’ player by the personnel department, meaning every Ravens scout agreed he personifies the true characteristics of being a Raven.

College: A 2-year starter at DE, Kruger declared for the NFL Draft after his redshirt sophomore season…He finished his Utes career with 124 tackles (55 solo), 10.5 sacks (-74 yards), 3 FFs, 3 FRs and 2 INTs…Originally recruited to play QB, he switched to defense following a 2-year (2005-06) LDS Church mission in Kansas City, MO…When he returned to the gridiron, he quickly established himself as a standout D-lineman, earning several All-American honors during both his redshirt freshman and sophomore campaigns…Majored in sociology while attending Utah.

2008: As a sophomore, Kruger helped the Utes compile a 13-0 record that included a Sugar Bowl victory over Alabama…Starting all 13 games on the season, he ranked 5th on the team with 61 tackles (31 solo) and also posted 16.5 TFL (2nd most in the Mountain West Conference)…Kruger also tallied a team-high 7.5 sacks (-32 yards), 2 FFs, 1 FR, 7 PD and 1 INT en route to earning honorable mention All-American honors by Sports Illustrated and College Football News…He was also an All-Mountain West Conference 1st-team selection…Kruger helped lead a Utes’ defense that ranked 11th in the nation against the run (99.2 ypg) and 11th-overall in total defense (289.2 ypg).

2007: Starting 11 of 13 games as a redshirt freshman, Kruger earned 2nd-team Freshman All-American honors by The Sporting News and Scout.com…He ranked 4th on the team with 63 tackles (24 solo), adding 3 sacks (-22 yards) and 7.5 TFL (-33 yards)…His 63 stops were the most among MWC freshmen linemen and the 2nd-best freshman total at any position…Posting 2 FRs and 1 FF, he also returned an INT 24 yards and produced 5 PD.

2005-06: Served on an LDS Church Mission in Kansas City, MO.

2004: Spent his freshman season with the Utes playing QB on the scout team.

High School, Personal: Attended Timpanogos (Orem, UT) HS, where he lettered 4 years as a QB…A team captain his senior season, he earned AII-American and All-Conference honors from several publications…Kruger was rated as one of the nation’s top 30 QBs by Student Sports magazine…At Utah, he was joined on the Utes’ defensive line by his younger brother, Dave…Their father, Paul, played football at Oregon State, where their mother, Jennifer, was a member of the track and field team.

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