Phillips and Hodge named State's Best

June 10, 2008

FORT WORTH, Texas -- TCU's Jason Phillips has been named by Dave Campbell's 2008 Texas Football as the state's Defensive Player of the Year and Best Linebacker, while safety Stephen Hodge is tabbed as the Best Defensive Back in Texas.

Seven Frogs received All-Texas College honors. Offensively, TCU's three first-team selections tied Texas Tech for the lead.

Phillips and Hodge are first-team selections on the All-Texas College defense. Linebacker Robert Henson and cornerback Nick Sanders are second-team picks.

Tailback Aaron Brown, tight end Shae Reagan and center Blake Schlueter represent TCU on the first-team All-Texas College offense.

Phillips and Hodge, both seniors, are preseason All-Americans. They also appear on the Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List, awarded to the top defensive player in college football.

Phillips is a three-time All-Mountain West Conference selection. He was named the State's Best Linebacker in 2007 by Dave Campbell's Texas Football.

A native of Waller, Texas, Phillips has started all 38 games the last three seasons. His 231 career tackles, including a team-best 87 last year, top all active Frogs.

Hodge had eight sacks last season to lead the nation for defensive backs. He was an All-Mountain West Conference pick while also being named to the All-Texas College Team by Dave Campbell's Texas Football.

Hodge placed second on the Frogs in sacks, tackles for a loss (10.5) and pass break-ups (seven). He is from Tatum, Texas.



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