Tuesday, May 5, 2009

1990 Topps #359 Jason Phillips

Who is this Detroit Lion? It's current University of Houston co-offensive coordinator, wide receivers coach, and recruiting coordinator Jason Phillips.

Before his promising coaching career, before his NFL career, Jason played football at UH. He only played two years at UH from 1987-88, but in that time he made a major impact.

  • Both years he led the nation in receiving yards.

  • He had 11 100 yard receiving games out of only 23 games played.

  • He scored 4 touchdowns in a 66-15 win against UT in Austin. (I attended that game. What a glorious day.)

  • He has the second most receptions by a Coog in a season with 108. He also has the 6th most receiptions with 99.(Manny Hazard owns the record with 142)

  • He has the 3rd most receiving yards in a season (1444 yards in 1988)

  • Phillips has the 2nd most touchdown receptions in a season (15 in 1988)

  • Despite playing only two seasons, he is 5th in all time receptions

  • 7th in all time receiving yards

  • In 1988, he partnered with James Dixon to be the 1st teammates to each have 1000 yards receiving

  • In 1988, Phillips ranked 1st in the nation in catches per game while Dixon was 2nd

He won plenty of awards too. Southwest Conference player of the year in 1987. SWC All-Decade team of the '80s. First team all SWC in 1987 and 1988. UPI All American Honorable Mention in 1987. Consensus All American in 1988. In 2006, he was inducted into the Houston Hall of Honor.

Jason was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the 10th round. He played 5 years in the NFL for Detroit and Atlanta. He played 2 years in the CFL for the Birmingham Barracudas and the Hamilton Tigercats.

Phillips then moved on to coaching where he may make an even bigger impact on the game. He served as an intern in the NFL for Houston and Minnesota. He came home to UH in 2003. He left to the dark side at Baylor in 2007, but he saw the light and returned to UH in 2008 joining Coach Kevin Sumlin in creating the #2 offense in the nation.

Let's hope that Phillips has a long and successful career coaching at the University of Houston.

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