Ortiz and Phillips honored by Dave Campbell's
Jan. 23, 2008
CARROLLTON, Texas -- Dave Campbell's Texas Football has named TCU's Chase Ortiz and Jason Phillips the state's Best Defensive Lineman and Linebacker, respectively, for the 2007 season.
Ortiz and Phillips are joined on the All-Texas College Defense by safety David Roach and return specialist Brian Bonner. The Frogs had four first-team selections on that side of the ball. No other school had more than two picks. Safety Stephen Hodge was a second-team choice.
Center Blake Schlueter represented TCU on the All-Texas College First-Team Offense.
Ortiz provided the hit on Houston quarterback Case Keenum on the final play of the game to preserve the Frogs' 20-13 Texas Bowl win over the Cougars. Ortiz added a sack earlier in the contest to close his TCU career with 20.5 sacks, good for fifth place on the Frogs' all-time chart.
Ortiz appeared on the final watch list for the Ted Hendricks Award as the nation's top defensive end.
Selected by his teammates as TCU's 2007 Dan Rogers Most Valuable Player, Ortiz is the Horned Frogs' first three-time first-team all-conference player since wide receiver Mike Renfro from 1975-77 in the Southwest Conference. Ortiz is just the fourth defensive player and seventh overall in Mountain West Conference history to be a three-time first-team pick.
A League City, Texas, native, Ortiz led TCU and ranked among the MWC and national leaders with nine sacks, 16.5 tackles for a loss and three forced fumbles in 2007. He had a tackle for a loss in 10 of 13 games, including three multi-sack efforts.
Phillips has been an All-MWC performer in each of his first three seasons. He topped TCU with a career-best 87 stops, including 10 in the Texas Bowl. His 10.5 tackles for a loss tied Hodge for second on the Frogs. Phillips has started every game the last three years while increasing his tackle total each campaign.
Phillips earned MWC Defensive Player of the Week honors after totaling a career-best 13 tackles as TCU closed the regular season with a victory at San Diego State. In 2005, Phillips became the first freshman defensive player in MWC history to be named all-conference.
A junior from Waller, Texas, Phillips appeared on watch lists for the Rotary Lombardi Award and Dick Butkus Award.
Bonner was a two-time first-team All-MWC selection as a return specialist. He became only the second player in MWC history to be a first-team return specialist in more than one season. Bonner also earned All-MWC accolades at safety in 2006.
Bonner had 535 punt return yards in 2007, falling just 15 yards shy of breaking TCU's single-season record of 549 held by Heisman Trophy winner Davey O'Brien in 1937.
For the season, Bonner placed third on TCU with a career-best 78 stops. His tackle total increased each year with the Frogs. The Beeville, Texas, native started 20 of his last 21 games.
A second-team All-MWC selection in 2007, Roach placed fourth on TCU with a career-high 76 tackles. He tied for second on the team with seven pass break-ups, including two in the Texas Bowl victory over Houston. Roach forced two fumbles on the year and had an interception at Texas.
A graduate student from Abilene, Texas, Roach started all 13 games. He was moved from weak safety to free safety, a position he occupied in 2006, prior to a Nov. 3 game with New Mexico. The Frogs proceeded to defeat the Lobos, 37-0, en route to four wins in their final five contests.
Hodge led all defensive backs in the nation with eight sacks, including seven in the final seven games. He closed the year with three tackles for a loss in the Texas Bowl.
A junior from Tatum, Texas, Hodge was the MWC Defensive Player of the Week as he made his first collegiate start in a 37-0 win over New Mexico. Hodge took part in both defensive and special teams touchdowns this season.
Schlueter, a second-team All-MWC choice, made the watch list for the Rimington Trophy honoring the nation's top center. He is a native of Ganado, Texas.