PRO: Signed with Detroit as an undrafted rookie free agent August 4, 2010, spending most of the season on the team’s practice squad. Had a strong preseason getting all four starts (2 at free safety and 2 at strong safety).
Spent five years at the University of Miami finishing his career with 130 tackles (89 solo), 5 fumble recoveries, 16 pass defenses and 6 interceptions for 126 yards.
2010: Started the season on team’s active roster before re-signing to practice squad in October. Elevated from practice squad in December to play on special teams and serve as a back-up free safety.
COLLEGE: Spent five years at the University of Miami finishing his career with 130 tackles (89 solo), 5 fumble recoveries, 16 pass defenses and 6 interceptions for 126 yards.
2009: Finished the year with 53 tackles (35 solo), 2 interceptions, 1 pass defensed and 3 fumble recoveries.
2008: Played in two games against Florida and Texas A&M, suffering an injury against the Aggies that forced Phillips to miss the remainder of the season.
2007: Played in all 12 games as a junior, with four starts. Made the switch to safety in the third game of the season and finished with 34 tackles (21 solo), 2 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery, 3 pass defenses and 2 interceptions for 56 yards.
2006 Saw time in all 12 games with 8 starts as a sophomore, recording 30 tackles (22 solo), 11 pass defenses and an interception for 15 yards.
2005 Played in 8 games as a true freshman, usually as the nickel back on defense. Totaled 11 tackles (10 solo), 1 tackle for loss, 1 pass defensed, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery and an interception for 55 yards which was the teams longest of the season.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL: Played at Glades Central High School and was rated No. 7 safety prospect by Rivals.com and the No. 16 safety by Scout.com.
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