PEARLAND — Former Pearland linebacker and three-year starter for the Oklahoma State Cowboys met with the Dallas Cowboys and knew that they had an interest in him. That deal was done almost immediately after the draft ended. The 6-0, 230 pound Phillips worked out for Dallas and is seen as a potential back-up linebacker and also a special teams dynamo in the image of former Dallas Cowboy Bill Bates.
Phillips finished his Oklahoma State career with 222 tackles, 149 of those unassisted, 23 tackles for loss, seven sacks, three interceptions, six forced fumbles, and two fumbles recovered.
Phillips, who was a standout at Pearland High School, had his biggest season leading the Cowboys in tackles with 98 and he was voted a team captain. He had 11 tackles for loss, two sacks, and one of his two fumble recoveries was an instrumental play in the 38-33 win over Missouri in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl.