2007 Scouting Report: Has played each position in the secondary during his collegiate career...after working at both safety positions the last two seasons, is slated to focus exclusively on the strong spot as a senior...appears fully healthy after suffering a severe ankle injury in 2005 and dealing with a series of nagging injuries last season...enjoyed an exceptional spring, indicating Phillips is ready for a standout senior year.
2006: Played in all 12 games at free safety, starting five contests...had 27 tackles and three pass breakups on the season...twice recorded a season-high five stops, including the Connecticut and Syracuse games...had four tackles at South Florida.
2005: The starter at strong safety the first three games, Phillips sustained a dislocated ankle (right) in the first half at Nebraska and missed the rest of the season...had 19 tackles in three games...had a career-high 10 tackles versus Notre Dame...had seven stops at Ohio.
2004: Played in all 12 games, starting seven at cornerback...had 30 tackles and two INTs...11 passes defended ranked third on team...also had one forced fumble...made two critical plays to key a 20-17 OT win over Boston College...when B.C. blocked a Pitt punt, Phillips alertly picked up the loose ball and advanced it five yards to secure a first down...the play kept alive a drive that ultimately resulted in a field goal and 17-10 Pitt lead in the fourth quarter... clinched the win in OT by forcing a fumble from B.C. wideout Larry Lester that was recovered by Thomas Smith... also had three tackles and two pass breakups versus the Eagles...finished with a season-high five tackles and added an INT at Connecticut...made perhaps the Furman game's key play when he picked off a pass in the end zone during the third quarter, sparking Pitt's rally from 14 points down...also had a key breakup at the goal line in overtime versus the Paladins...had four tackles and one pass deflection versus Nebraska...had four tackles at Temple...finished with three tackles and three passes defended against Rutgers.
2003: Redshirted as a true freshman...was a scout team standout and earned the coaching staff's Special Teams Prep Player of the Year honor.
High School: First team All-Ohio Division I (largest classification) at Warren Harding High...first team Northeast Inland All-District...first team All-Steel Valley...first team All-Trumbull County...three-year starter, playing cornerback and also sharing the starting quarterback duties...had four interceptions, 15 pass breakups, 30 tackles, two fumble recoveries and forced a fumble as a senior...helped Warren Harding to a 14-1 record, the Steel Valley championship and the state title game in 2002... selected to play in the Ohio All-Star Classic...SuperPrep All-Midwest Team...rated one of the top 60 prospects in the Midwest by SuperPrep...PrepStar All-Midwest Region ...rated Ohio's No. 19 prospect by Rivals.com...rated the nation's No. 29 cornerback prospect by Rivals.com...rated one of the top 80 prospects in the Midwest by Rivals.com...played under Coach Thom McDaniels...earned three letters in football...received team's annual "Raider of the Year" honor and the Milton J. Mollenkopf All-Around Player Award...a standout in basketball as well, earning four letters...basketball honors included All-Steel Valley, All-Trumbull County and Northeast Inland All-District...also lettered in baseball...Trumbull African-American Achievers inductee.
Personal: Michael Louis Phillips, born 10/20/84, is the son of Richard and Pearlie Phillips...has three brothers and two sisters...graduated in April with a degree in communication and rhetoric...currently studying administration of justice...interned in the athletic media relations office during the spring semester and was a contributor to the 2007 Pitt football media guide.
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