2018 SEC Defensive Player of the Week vs. Miami
LSU’s top returning tackler from a year ago after he finished second on the team with 87 stops ... Hard-hitting linebacker that made an impact playing alongside first round draft pick Devin White in 2018 ... Pure athlete that makes plays all over the field ... Will be expected to take on a bigger role this year due to the departure of White ... Extremely strong with a knack for the football ... Establishing himself as a leader on the LSU defense ... Has played in 24 games during career, starting 11 times ... 105 career tackles with 6.0 tackles for loss, a sack and an interception ... Is a member of the “Unique Gents”, a community service organization in his hometown of Nashville ... The group is active in mentoring youth in his community.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2018)
Played in 12 games with 11 starts ... Finished second on the team with 87 tackles ... Added 5.5 tackles for loss and a sack ... Named SEC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in first career start as he returned an interception 45 yards for a touchdown and added seven tackles in season-opening win over Miami ... His TD against Miami gave the Tigers a 27-3 lead over the Hurricanes just before halftime ... Had career-high 13 tackles vs. Louisiana Tech, 10 vs. Mississippi State and 11 vs. Texas A&M ... Had at least seven tackles in seven games in 2018 ... Missed the first half of the Fiesta Bowl due to being ejected for targeting in the 3OT vs. Texas A&M ... Returned to action in the second half in win over UCF and finished with four tackles ... First career sack came in win over Rice.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2017)
Played in 12 games with no starts ... Totaled 18 tackles and a half sack ... Recorded then a career-high six tackles at Ole Miss ... Had four tackles at Tennessee and three tackles against Syracuse ... Also recorded at least one tackle against BYU, Chattanooga, Florida and in the Citrus Bowl against Notre Dame.
One of the nation's top inside linebackers by 247Sports, Scout and Rivals ... Rated as a five-star recruit according to Rivals and four-star player by ESPN, Scout and 247Sports ... Ranked in the state of Tennessee as the No. 3 player by Rivals and No. 4 by 247Sports ... Nationally ranked as No. 29 by Rivals and No. 46 by 247Sports ... Surpassed 200 career tackles through two seasons of varsity football at East Nashville Magnet High School ... Averaged 12.3 tackles per game in 2016 and finished as the team leader in tackles for loss with seven ... Returned an interception and fumble for a touchdown in the same game during his senior season ... For his career, finished with four interceptions and a fumble recovery in 20 games ... Selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl ... Earned Tennessee's Mr. Football Award in Class 3A to wrap up his high school career ... Coached by Brian Waite.
Parents are Derrick and Tami Phillips ... Born April 1, 1999 ... Majoring in business administration.
Jacob Phillips’ Career Highs
Tackles: 13 vs. Louisiana Tech, 2018
Tackles for Loss: 1.5 vs. Louisiana Tech, 2018
Sacks: 1.0 vs. Rice, 2018
Interceptions: 1 vs. Miami, 2018