Career Summary: Lettered two seasons with the Tigers after transferring from Holmes Community College...Played all 12 games in 2004 and totaled 12 tackles as a reserve on the defensive line...Was having quite a game against Ole Miss in the 2005 season opener before tearing a ligament in his knee that sidelined him the remainder of the year...Had three tackles and a sack for a loss of six yards versus the Rebels...Had surgery soon after his injury and was held out of contact work in the spring...Was able to regain a year of eligibility and was a consistent starter in 2006.
2006: Started the first seven games on the defensive line...Recorded a tackle in all but one game...Tallied four stops against Chattanooga, Arkansas St. and Tulsa before logging a career-high five tackles against UCF...Started against Houston for Senior Day...Registered the first fumble recovery of his career against Tennessee.
2005: Was a promising veteran in the defensive line before missing all but one game of the 2005 season...Logged three tackles, including a sack, against Ole Miss before leaving the game with a torn ACL in his right knee...Had surgery to repair the damage and missed the remainder of the season...Was limited to non-contact work this past spring.
2004: Solid contributor on the defense who played in all 12 games after transferring from Holmes Community College...Played defensive end in the opening game versus Ole Miss...Posted one tackle against the Rebels in the 20-13 Memphis win...Credited with one tackle in the Memphis victory over Chattanooga...Played against Arkansas State and UAB, but did not have a tackle...Had one tackle in a reserve role in the Memphis win over Houston...Registered two tackles in the Tigers' victory over Tulane at the Liberty Bowl...Had two tackles in the Cincinnati game on the road...Credited with one tackle in the Memphis game against East Carolina...Saw extended duty in the USF game and tallied one tackle...Registered a season-high three tackles in the GMAC Bowl against Bowling Green State...Finished the season with 12 total tackles, six of which were solo stops...Received one of the Chris Faros Most Improved Awards in spring 2005.
Junior College: Two-year starter at defensive end at Holmes Community College...Was credited with 50 solo tackles and 16 assisted hits in 2003...His 66 total tackles ranked third at Holmes in 2003...Led the team in tackles for lost yardage with 12 for 24 yards...Had six quarterback sacks for minus 40 yards...Named second team All-Mississippi Community College in 2003...Helped his 2002 Holmes squad to the state championship and a 9-2 record...Finished his two-year career ay Holmes with 110 tackles, 25 tackles for lost yardage and nine sacks.
Prep: Was a three-year letterman at Kosciusko High for Coach Dave Woodfin...Was named second-team all-state and the district defensive MVP as a senior...Totaled 176 tackles and 18 sacks during his prep career...Had a career-best 10 tackles and two sacks in a game.
Personal: Rubio Sylvester Phillips is the son of Willie and Doris Phillips, and Ms. Johnnie Phillips...Born March 23, 1984, in Kosciusko, Miss....Works often with the Boys and Girls Club of Kosciusko.
PHILLIPS' CAREER STATISTICS Tackles G/S UT AT Tot. FR Int TFL Sack 2004 12/0 6 6 12 0 0 0-0 0-0 2005 1/1 1 2 3 0 0 1-6 1-6 2006 12/8 7 19 26 1 0 1-7 1-7 Totals 25/9 14 27 41 1 0 2-13 2-13