Phillips couldn't pass on Oregon State
At 5-8 and 175, Jason Phillips was a little man among the Goliaths during his five seasons as a receiver in the NFL. How did he do it?
"Speed, man," says Oregon State's new passing game coordinator and receivers coach. "I was too small to let anyone hit me for a long period of time. I had to outrun everybody."
Phillips, 50, was an All-America receiver under Jack Pardee at Houston in the run-and-shoot offense engineered by Heisman Trophy winner Andre Ware. Phillips used his 4.35 40-meter speed to lead the nation in receiving in 1987 and '88, then played two seasons with Detroit (1989-90) and three seasons with Atlanta (1991-93).
For all five of his NFL campaigns, Phillips worked under Portland native June Jones, who was the Lions' quarterbacks and receivers coach in 1989 and '90 and the Falcons' offensive coordinator from 1991-93. Phillips later served as co-offensive coordinator at Southern Methodist under Jones for three seasons (2012-14) when Jones was head coach there.
"To work with June Jones was on my bucket list," Phillips says. "He's a players' coach and a coaches' coach. I learned so much. What a great man."
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