“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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