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Darius Phillips
CB #38
Western Michigan
Detroit, MI

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Career Notables Set FBS career record with 12 career runbacks, tied FBS record with five career pick sixes

●  3,145 career kickoff return yards ranks sixth in FBS history

●  Scored 14 career touchdowns five different ways (5 KR, 1 PR, 5 INT, 1 FR, 2 Receiving)

●  Four career 100-yard kickoff returns (five KOR TDs total), at least one 100-yard return in each of final three seasons, two which were against top 5-ranked teams.

●  Two-time MAC Special Teams Player of the Year (2016 & 2017)


2017 - Senior

●  Totaled 683 kickoff returns yards on 26 attempts

●  Named MAC Special Teams Player of the Year for second straight season

●  Named First Team All-MAC Defense, First Team All-MAC Kickoff Specialist, Second Team All-MAC Punt Returner

●  Third straight season earning All-MAC recognition at cornerback, was also a First Team selection in 2016 and named Second Team in 2015

●  Phil Steele First Team All-MAC Defense and Kickoff Returner, Second Team Punt Returner

●  Week One had a 100-yard kickoff return for touchdown, an INT and 188 all-purpose yards at #4 USC

●  Week Two had a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, ran back a 67-yard fumble recovery for a TD and had an INT at Michigan State

●  Week Three had three punt returns for 98 yards with a season-long of 49 yards vs. Idaho

●  Had three interceptions, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, one sack and 10 pass breakups and 40 tackles on the year

●  Accounted for two of WMU’s five defensive touchdowns

●  Returned a 43-yard interception vs. Kent State for his fifth career pick-six, tying an FBS record, also had a forced fumble in the game

●  Two-time MAC Specialist of the Week, named to Paul Hornung Award Week Two Honor Roll

●  Started all 12 games in Bronco secondary

●  Registered 904 total plays (second most on team) - 6 offensive, 722 defensive, 176 special teams

●  Earned fourth varsity letter

●  Invited to play in Reese's Senior Bowl


2016 - Junior

●  Named MAC Special Teams Player of the Year

●  First-Team All-MAC Defense

●  Second-Team All-MAC Special Teams

●  Returned three interceptions, one kick return and one punt return for touchdowns

●  Tied for the MAC single season and career record with three interceptions for touchdowns this year and four in his career

●  Ranks fourth in the MAC and 27th in the country with four interceptions this season

●  Owns three of the top 25 longest interception returns in the country this season

●  Returned a 100-yard kick return and a 70-yard interception for touchdowns against Georgia Southern (9/24)

●  Returned career-high 85-yard interception for touchdown at Central Michigan (10/1)

●  Picked off Ball State on first series of game and took it back 75 yards for a score (11/1)

●  Returned a 66-yard punt for TD in his first game returning punts vs. NC Central (9/10)


2015 - Sophomore

●  Named 2015 Second-Team All-MAC as a cornerback and kick returner

●  Converted to cornerback from wide receiver

●  Was fifth in the country and second in the MAC in passes defended with 20

●  Picked off two passes at No. 1 Ohio State (9/26)

● Earned MAC Special Teams Player of the Week after setting a career-high with 185 total kick return yards against No. 4 Michigan State, including a 100-yard return for a TD in the second quarter (9/4)

●  Had six tackles and a tackle for loss, as well as first career interception and return for touchdown, against Murray State (9/19)

●  Named Special Teams POTW after having two kick returns for 101 yards v Central Michigan (10/10)

●  Recorded career-high eight tackles and 2.0 tackles for loss at Ohio (10/17)

●  Had interceptions in back-to-back weeks vs. Bowling Green (11/11) and Northern Illinois (11/18)

●  Made five tackles, 1.0 TFL for 10 yards and two PBU’s at No. 24 Toledo (11/27)

●  Recovered a fumble and had a pass breakup in the Popeye's Bahamas Bowl vs. Middle Tennessee (12/24)


2014 - Redshirt Freshman

●  Third-Team All-MAC Kick Returner

●  Sporting News Freshman All-American kick returner

●  Appeared in 12 games making 32 receptions for 479 yards and two touchdowns

●  Returned 30 total kicks for 792 yards and a touchdown, leading the MAC with 26.4 yards per return

●  Caught a career-high 10 passes for 121 yards and a touchdown against Toledo

●  Caught three passes for 94 yards and a touchdown in win at Bowling Green

●  Returned opening kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown in win over Eastern Michigan


2013 - Freshman

●  Redshirted


High School/Personal

●  Ranked as the No. 37 recruit in the state of Michigan on the Detroit News Blue Chip 60 List

●  Ranked as the No. 50 recruit in Michigan on Mick McCabe’s Detroit Free Press Fab 50 List

●  Rated as a two-star recruit by

●  Two-sport athlete in football and basketball

●  Son of Lisa Phillips

●  Born June 26, 1996

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