Career Summary: Played 23 games over two seasons...Was the defensive recipient of the first-ever Top Newcomer Award at the `07 Blue-Gray Game...Logged time at linebacker and with the special teams unit in 11 of the Tigers' 13 games in `07...Totaled 31 tackles, three TFL and one PBU...Registered seven games with three or more tackles...Saw first game action against Jacksonville St....Credited with a career-high seven tackles, including three solos, against USM... Registered four tackles, all solo strikes, in New Orleans Bowl
2008 Highlights: Played in 12 of 13 games on special teams and on defense...Matched career high with seven tackles versus Marshall...Missed ECU game because of elbow injury...Credited with three tackles, including two solo stops in St. Petersburg Bowl.
2007: Signed with the Tigers in December 2006 and enrolled at the U of M for the spring semester...Worked out with the team in the spring...Was the defensive recipient of the first-ever Top Newcomer Award at the 2007 Blue-Gray Game...Logged time at linebacker and with the special teams unit in 11 of the Tigers' 13 games...Totaled 31 tackles, three tackles for lost yardage and a pass breakup...Registered seven games with three or more tackles...Saw his first game action as a Tiger against Jacksonville State...Credited with four tackles versus the Gamecocks...All four of his tackles were in the fourth quarter and three of the four denied first-down yardage...Tallied three stops versus East Carolina and UCF...His two solo tackles against ECU were on Tiger kickoffs... Made three tackles with a pass breakup against Middle Tennessee...His key pass defense in the second quarter forced MTSU to punt on the next play...All three of his stops kept the Blue Raiders from gaining a first down...Credited with a career-high seven tackles, including three solo stops, against Southern Miss...Also had his first tackle for lost yardage in the game...Dropped Tory Harrison for a loss of a yard in the third quarter with the Golden Eagles in the redzone...Three of his stops versus USM were on Tiger kickoffs...Closed out the regular season with three stops against UAB and one versus SMU...Registered four tackles, all of which were solo strikes in the New Orleans Bowl against Florida Atlantic...Had two tackles for lost yardage in FAU's final drive of the game...Dropped B.J. Manley for a loss of a yard and then four plays later stopped Dominik Walker for minus five yards...Suffered a tear of his pectoral muscle and was forced to miss all of spring practice...Was cleared for action in May and will return to the practice field this fall to add depth at linebacker.
Junior College: Played one season at Butler Community College in El Dorado, Kansas, for Coach Troy Morrell...Helped his 2006 squad to an 11-1 record and a Region VI and KJCCC championship after ranking second on the defense in tackles with 83, including 47 solo stops...Was elected as a team captain...Registered 4.5 TFL for minus 14 yards and 11 quarterback hurries at linebacker...Butler CC ranked third nationally and won the 2006 Dalton Defenders Bowl...Was an honorable mention pick to the All-KJCCC team and a first-team Academic All-American by JC-Grid-Wire.
University of Kansas: Redshirted during the 2004 season...Selected as a Scout Team Player of the Week by the coaching staff...Was converted to offense and was listed as the No. 3 tight end on the Jayhawks' depth chart in 2005...Made the travel squad but did not participate in any games...Opted to transfer to Butler Community College following the 2005 season.
Prep: Was a three-year starter at linebacker at 5A Bishop Miege High for Coach Dan Ritter...Led his team in tackles for two years, and as a senior posted 141 tackles, one interception and four sacks...Was credited with nine TFL, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in 2003...Finished his prep career with 296 tackles...Helped his team to 5A District Championships in 2003, 2002 and 2001...Named first-team all-state at linebacker by the Kansas Football Coaches Association...Was his squad's co-MVP in 2003...Selected as one of just three finalists for the 2004 Kansas Athlete of the Year Award by the Sports Commission of Greater Kansas City...Also lined up at running back and led the EKL (East Kansas League) with his rushing average of 7.7 yards per carry...Had the team's longest rushing (57 yards) and receiving (62 yards) touchdowns...Twice selected as the BMHS Athlete of the Month...Also earned all-league and all-SUN Country and All MetroSports honors at linebacker...Excelled in wrestling and baseball, earning several honors in both sports...Logged a 31-16 record in wrestling and led the team with 23 pins, 31 escapes and 180 team points in 2004...Earned recognition into the Stags Wrestling Hall of Fame for his 30-win season and State HWT Medal...Was a pre-season all-state pick by the Kansas Baseball Coaches Association in 2004 and earned first-team All-SUN Country and first-team All-EKL honors for outfield/pitcher...Led his team with a 1.17 ERA and was second on the squad with a .426 batting average...Was a Kansas City Star and KMBC Scholar-Athlete nominee in 2004...Listed in the National Honor Society in 2003 and 2004...Received the Bishop Miege Academic Excellence Award as a junior and a senior...Earned First Honors every semester of high school...Received the EKL Scholar-Athlete Award from 2000-04.
Personal: Thomas Andrew Phelps is the son of Jim and Beth Phelps...Born April 28, 1986, in Shawnee Mission, Kansas.