Missouri Valley’s Ty Phillips has been named to the NAIA All-American team by the American Football Coaches’ Association.
Phillips, a 6-2, 252 pound junior defensive lineman from East St. Louis, Ill., recorded 10.5 sacks this season and 25.5 tackles for a loss, finishing fourth in the nation in that category. Phillips was also second on the Vikings defense with 61 total tackles.
In addition to being named All-American, Phillips was also the Heart of America Conference co-defensive player of the year and Beyond Sports Network named him the NAIA defensive player of the year. He is also a finalist for the Cliff Harris Award, given to the best small college defensive player.
“This is a great achievement for Ty,” said Vikings head coach Paul Troth. “Ty has been a leader on the defensive side and has worked hard to get to this point.”
Phillips is the sixth Missouri Valley player named All-American joining senior defensive back Tyler Davis who was selected in 2012.