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Harrison Phillips Defensive Tackle Stanford Cardinal 6-3, 290, 4.96, #66 Omaha, Nebraska Millard West High School
12/11/17 - 2017 ALL-PAC-12 FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES): Phillips was a man amongst boys in the Pac-12 this season, recording an eye-popping 100 tackles over the regular season, including 17 for loss and 7.5 sacks despite often facing double or even triple-team blocks from opponents.
If Harrison Phillips starred in the SEC or Big Ten, every draft fan in the country would know his name and, assuming he checks out medically, would likely be universally regarded as a first round pick.
Give fans (and the national media) a few months to catch up. After all, too few recognized the brilliant play of Phillips' former teammate - Solomon Thomas - until he terrorized Mitchell Trubisky in the Sun Bowl last year.
A year after Thomas dominated the conference and rose all the way to No. 3 overall (San Francisco) in the 2017 draft, Phillips sprouted his own roots for the Cardinal, emerging as a mighty oak in the middle for a Top 15 Stanford squad. Phillips' combination of raw strength, leverage and a relentless motor helped him lead Stanford in tackles, tackles for loss, sacks and forced fumbles - all from his defensive tackle position and while being the obvious focus of every opponents' blocking scheme.
Entering the 2017 season, it was fair to question whether Stanford had a defensive lineman on the roster capable of filling the huge shoes left behind by Thomas. To be fair, Phillips looked like a future NFL draft pick playing alongside Thomas in 2016, recording a very respectable 46 tackles, including 9.5 for loss and 6.5 sacks and earning Honorable Mention All-Pac-12 honors from league coaches. With the possible except of Phillips, no one, however, expected him to explode the way he did in his fourth year on campus.
Almost immediately it was clear there was a new sheriff in town for Stanford in 2017. Though Southern Cal won the conference opener against Stanford September 9, Phillips outshined potential No. 1 overall pick Sam Darnold, roaming all over the field like a maniacal middle linebacker and registering a team-high 11 tackles. It was more of the same in Stanford's next game - a surprising loss to San Diego State - with Phillips again registering a team-high 11 tackles, including half a sack.
Regardless of the opponent, Phillips' power and motor stood out. Better yet, in the games against top competition, he was his most disruptive, recording five tackles, a sack, a forced fumble and a blocked field goal against Josh Rosen and UCLA, a team-high eight tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, and a sack in a loss to Washington State, four tackles, including 2.5 tackles for loss against Washington, seven tackles, including a season-high three tackles for loss and two sacks against Notre Dame and its vaunted offensive line and once again stealing the spotlight (for those paying attention) in another showdown with Darnold and USC in the Pac-12 championship game, recording a career-high 13 tackles, including half a sack.
Phillips' rise is all the more impressive given that he missed virtually all of the 2015 season after tearing his ACL in the season-opener against Northwestern. It looked like a case of deja vu in 2016 when he suffered another knee injury in the opener against Kansas State. This one, fortunately, did not result in any ligament damage and after missing the Pac-12 opener (USC), Phillips returned to the field, not requiring further surgery.
Phillips wore a brace on his right arm and both knees, at times, in 2017 but played in every game. The medical grade he receives from team doctors at the Combine could the biggest obstacle left for Phillips to overcome to becoming Stanford's fourth consecutive first round pick along the line of scrimmage, following Thomas, OG Joshua Garnett (San Francisco) and OT Andrus Peat (New Orleans).
BACKGROUND Phillips was universally ranked as one of the elite prep prospects out of the state of Nebraska in 2013. As a senior, he was named the Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Nebraska as well as the honorary captain of the Super State First Team. His career totals look like something out of a video game with 295 tackles (188 solo), 80 tackles for loss, 34.5 sacks and 23 forced fumbles. Phillips was a standout wrestler and track and field star in high school. He earned a trip to state as a freshman and won the state title his next three years, winning national championship honors as a sophomore (220 pounds) and junior (heavyweight). Phillips also finished fifth in the discuss throw at the state meet his senior year. Further, Phillips is no blockhead athlete, twice earning Academic All-Metro honors in high school and is currently on pace to graduate in four years as a double major (Sociology as well as Science, Technology and Society) at Stanford. To top it off, this year he was one of 11 players across the FBS named to the AFCA Good Works Team, one of the most coveted off-field awards in college football.
STRENGTHS The power, balance and competitiveness that helped Phillips become a three-time state champion and two-time national high school wrestling champion is obvious in his junkyard dog style of play. Compactly built with broad shoulders and anvils for limbs, Phillips' game is all about power. He can walk guards back to the quarterback with his leg drive on the bull rush and does a terrific job of ripping through blocks to disengage as ball-carriers come near him.
Phillips exhibits good initial quickness off the snap, including the burst to split gaps and penetrate. Better yet, he shows a sense of timing and instincts, showing a second gear explosiveness in short yardage situations, truly firing off the ball. He sprawls his legs and anchors quite effectively for a player less than 300 pounds, holding his ground against double-teams from even accomplished offensive lines (Notre Dame, Washington - 2017). Phillips locates the ball quickly and pursues hard to the boundaries and even downfield, showing surprising lateral agility and balance given his blocky frame, as well as sheer determination. Phillips comes with off the charts intangibles grades. Gained nearly 50 pounds of muscle during his career at Stanford and showed toughness and resiliency in battling back from knee injuries, including the ACL tear in 2015 that ended his season almost immediately. A double-major on pace to graduate, he was voted a team captain in 2017 and one of 11 FBS players named to the AFCA Good Works team. - Rob Rang 12/19/2017
WEAKNESSES A bit smaller than scouts would prefer and may not possess the frame to handle much additional weight. May lack ideal arm length. Shows good but not elite initial quickness and flexibility to split gaps as an interior pass rusher despite gaudy statistics. Production enhanced by twists and stunts which freed him up to swing out wide against tackles ill-suited to handle his bull rush. More of a try-hard performer than an elite athlete and may be tapped out in terms of upside. -- Rob Rang 12/19/2017
COMPARES TO: Hall of Famer Dan Hampton, Bears. Hampton earned the nickname "Manimal" or "Danimal" for his ferocious style of play over 12 seasons - including four Pro Bowls - in Chicago. Phillips' relentless, physical and aggressive style deserves a similar moniker and could earn him a first round selection, though not likely as high as the bigger, leaner 6-5, 264 pound Hampton (No. 4 overall) was back in 1979.
IN OUR VIEW: Phillips won't measure as the biggest or fastest defensive tackle in 2017 but with his combination of power, balance and motor he certainly ranks among the safest. Quick and instinctive enough to be a nuisance to quarterbacks as an interior pass rusher and strong enough to handle double-teams, Phillips projects well to the NFL almost regardless of scheme. As such, don't expect this Cardinal to fall from the tree Thomas sprouted late last year, as a fast-rising first round pick and future NFL standout.
FWAA All-America second team (defensive line)...AP All-America third team (defensive tackle)...All-Pac-12 first team...AFCA Good Works Team...CoSIDA Academic All-District...Lott IMPACT Trophy finalist…Pac-12 All-Academic first team...Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week (Oct. 30)...Lott IMPACT Player of the Week (Oct. 30)...Lott IMPACT Player of the Week (Nov. 27)...Bednarik Award semifinalist...Bednarik Award watch list...Outland Trophy watch list...Wuerffel Trophy watch list
Lott IMPACT Trophy watch list…Team captain…Five tackles (three solo) vs. Rice...Team-high 11 tackles (five solo) at USC...Team-high 11 tackles (three solo) and half sack at San Diego State...Five tackles (one solo), one sack, forced fumble, blocked field goal vs. UCLA...Team-high nine tackles, one sack and 1.5 tackles for loss vs. Arizona State...Six tackles (one solo), 1.0 tackle for loss at Utah.
..Four tackles (one solo), one sack vs. Oregon...Team-high nine tackles (five solo), 2.5 tackles for loss, 0.5 sack, forced fumble and two fumble recoveries at Oregon State...Team-high eight tackles (five solo), 2.5 tackles for loss, one sack at Washington State...Four tackles (two solo) and 2.5 tackles for loss vs. Washington...Seven tackles (two solo) and 1.0 tackle for loss vs. Cal...Seven tackles (three solo), 2.0 sacks, 3.0 tackles for loss vs. Notre Dame...Career-high 13 tackles (four solo), 0.5 sack vs. USC (Pac-12 Championship Game).
All-Pac-12 honorable mention...CoSIDA Academic All-District...Pac-12 All-Academic first team...Phil Steele All-Pac-12 preseason second team...12 games played...46 tackles (19 solo), 9.5 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks...Three solo tackles and one sack vs. Kansas State...Five tackles (four solo), one sack, 1.5 tackles for loss at UCLA..
.Two solo tackles at Washington...Five tackles (three solo) and one sack vs. Washington State...Four tackles and one sack at Notre Dame...Five tackles (0.5 sack) vs. Colorado...One tackle (0.5 sack) at Arizona...Three tackles vs. Oregon State...Two tackles and one sack at Oregon...Four tackles (three solo) at Cal...Three tackles (0.5 sack) vs. Rice ...Nine tackles (2.5 tackles for loss) vs. North Carolina (Sun Bowl).
Phil Steele All-Pac-12 preseason fourth team...Season-ending injury in opener at Northwestern.
Six games played...Nine tackles, 2.0 sacks...1.0 sack in career debut at Arizona State...Six tackles vs. Oregon State...One tackle at Oregon...1.0 sack vs. Maryland.
Played at Millard West (Neb.) under head coach Kirk Peterson...Three-year letterwinner...Nebraska’s top-ranked recruit by 247Sports, second by Scout and Rivals, third by ESPN...Nation’s 28th-best weak side defensive end by 247Sports, 30th strong side defensive end by Rivals...Nation’s 63rd-best defensive end by Scout, 28th weak side end by 247Sports, 30th strong side end by Rivals...2013 Gatorade Nebraska Football Player of the Year...2013 Super State first team and honorary captain...2013 all-state selection and honorary captain...2013 All-Nebraska first team and honorary captain...2013 All-Nebraska Class A first team...2013 All-Metro Conference first team...2013 Coaches’ All-District...2013 Metro Defensive Lineman Player of the Year...2013 Academic All-Metro...2013 team captain...Represented Nebraska on U-19 National Football Team at 2014 International Bowl.
Selected for Nebraska Shrine Bowl...2012 Super State second team...2012 All-Nebraska first team...2012 All-Nebraska Class A...2012 Coaches’ All-Division...2012 All-Metro Conference first team...2012 Coaches’ All-Academic first team...2011 all-state honorable mention...2011 All-Nebraska Class A honorable mention...2011 Coaches’ All-District...2010 freshman team captain...295 career tackles (188 solo), 80 tackles for loss, 34.5 sacks and 23 forced fumbles...106 tackles (69 solo), 29 tackles for loss, 14.5 sacks and 11 forced fumbles as a senior...122 tackles (81 solo), 35 tackles for loss, 11 sacks, 16 pass breakups and six forced fumbles as a junior...67 tackles (38 solo), 16 tackles for loss, nine sacks and six forced fumbles as a sophomore.
Led team to an 11-2 record, district title and state semifinal appearance as a senior...Four-time wrestling varsity letterwinner...96-11 record in first three seasons...2013 Junior National heavyweight champion...Heavyweight state champion as a junior...Brute-Adidas national champion (218-pound class) as a sophomore...State champion (220-pound class) as a sophomore...Qualified for state meet as a freshman...Two-time academic All-Metro...Four-time track and field varsity letterwinner...Fifth in discus at 2013 state meet...Two-time academic All-Metro.
Born in Omaha, Neb.,...Full name is Harrison Foster Phillips ...Son of Paul and Tammie Rose Phillips...Sister, Delanie, played soccer at Nebraska-Kearney...Double major in sociology and science, technology and society.
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01/22/18 - 2018 Senior Bowl: 7 Potential Breakout Players: Harrison Phillips, DT, Stanford, #66, North...On field and off, Phillips was a difference-maker for the Cardinal, remarkably leading the team in stops from his defensive tackle position with 103 takedowns, including 17 tackles for loss. To top it off, he was one of 11 players in the FBS named to the AFCA Good Works Team, one of the most coveted off-field awards in college football. Phillips is not as flashy an athlete as some of this year's other freakish defensive linemen, but no one incorporates strength, quickness, technique and instincts better. He enters Senior Bowl week as NFLDraftScout.com's No. 23 prospect. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
01/19/18 - DT Harrison Phillips is an impressive individual. Off the field, he earned Academic All-America honors and graduated early with a double-degree from one of this country's top universities. On the field, Phillips recorded 103 tackles, including 17 for loss, which are remarkable numbers for any position, but especially impressive considering he lined up as a nose tackle in the Cardinal's 3-4 scheme. Phillips doesn't play with much flash and won't produce off-the-chart numbers at the Combine, so the Senior Bowl is the perfect place to showcase his skill-set. He is a bully at the point of attack with his hammer hands and wrestling background, making him a nuisance to block. Phillips is highly intelligent and relies on various techniques to consistently be in the right place at the right time. -- Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
01/04/18 - Stanford defensive lineman Harrison Phillips will bypass his final year of eligibility to enter the NFL draft. Phillips announced his decision on Thursday. Phillips was a third-team All-American this season when he had 14 1/2 tackles for loss and 7 1/2 sacks for the Cardinal. Phillips had one year of eligibility remaining because he had a season-ending knee injury in the 2015 opener and was eligible for a medical redshirt. Stanford tight end Dalton Schultz declared for the draft earlier this week. The Cardinal are still waiting for a decision from star running back and Heisman runner-up Bryce Love. - AP College Football
12/11/17 - 2017 ALL-PAC-12 FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DL Harrison Phillips, Sr., Stanford,...First-team recipients Bryce Love (running back), Dalton Schultz (tight end), Nate Herbig (offensive guard), Harrison Phillips (defensive tackle) and Justin Reid (defensive back) were among 16 Cardinal to earn All-Pac-12 football honors, as announced by the conference on Tuesday. - Stanford Football
10/31/17 - Oct 30 Stock Report: Who helped themselves? Harrison Phillips, DT, Stanford, rJR. (6-4, 290, 4.96, #66)...It's uncommon for a nose tackle to lead the team in tackles, but Phillips isn't a regular player. He has been unblockable for most of the season and we were reminded of that last Thursday against Oregon State. Phillips, who leads the Cardinal with 7.4 tackles per game, finished with nine tackles, two tackles for loss, one forced fumble and two recovered fumbles. He showed off the full skill-set in the comeback victory over the Beavers, flashing power, athleticism and instincts. Phillips is a smart, alert player and it isn't a coincidence that he is frequently in position to make so many plays. He uses his power to win the point of attack and finish off-balance tackles, playing the game like a bully on the playground. At times, Phillips tends to get high and rely only on his upper-body strength, but his issues are more nit-picking than true concerns. Phillips vs. Irish left guard Quenton Nelson will be a treat for NFL scouts when Notre Dame travels to Palo Alto on November 25. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com