Played in and started ten games ... First in the BIG EAST and tied for sixteenth in the nation with six interceptions ... Against Wake Forest, made five tackles, including three solo and 0.5 for a loss of yards ... Against Rhode Island, had a career- high two interceptions and made four solo tackles ... At USC, led the team with 11 tackles, including six solo, and a forced fumble ... Against Toledo, led the team with ten tackles, eight solo, and one for a loss of yards. ... Against Rutgers, had three solo tackles, one interception and two pass break-ups ... At Tulane, made a career-high 13 tackles... Against West Virginia, recorded one interception and gained 24 return yards along with four solo tackles and seven total tackles ... Against Louisville, made five tackles, including three solo ... Against Connecticut, made five solo tackles out of ten total tackles, including a tackle for a loss of one yard, and had two interceptions for 16 yards ... Against South Florida, made 14 total tackles, including ten solo tackles and one for a loss.
Started all 13 games ... Ranked ninth among BIG EAST defenders with 7.1 tackles per game ... At Akron, tallied three tackles, including two solo ... At Washington, posted a career-best 12 tackles,including 10 solo and one for a loss ... Against Maine, had seven tackles and a pass breakup ... Against Colgate, had 10 tackles, including an assisted stop for a loss of yards ... At South Florida, had four tackles and had a pass breakup on the Bulls final drive ... Against Pittsburgh, made six tackles ... At West Virginia, had eight tackles ... At Cincinnati, had six solo tackles, recovered a fumble and had a pass breakup ... Against Louisville, made four tackles ... At Rutgers, had seven tackles ... Against Connecticut, made seven tackles ... Against Boston College, had 11 tackles, including one for a loss of yards...Against Kansas State in the Pinstripe Bowl, recorded seven tackles, including four solo.
ESPN.com All-BIG EAST Freshman Team selection ... Played in 12 games ... Against Northwestern, made a pair of tackles ... Against Maine, posted five solo tackles ... Against South Florida, sidelined due to injury ... Against West Virginia, posted four solo tackles ... Against Akron, tallied three tackles... Against Cincinnati, had one solo tackle ... At Pittsburgh, had six tackles ... At Louisville, had one solo tackle and one interception ... Against Rutgers, posted three solo tackles ... At Connecticut, had an interception and four tackles.
Named 2008 All-Dade County First Team and third-team All-State ... Earned invitations to play in two county all-star games, including the Miami North vs. South game in which he returned an interception for a touchdown ... In 2008, he recorded 85 tackles, including 58 solo, a county-leading eight interceptions, including two he returned for touchdowns, had two forced fumbles and recovered two fumbles ... Also returned punts and kickoffs, including two for touchdowns, and played wide receiver, where he scored three touchdowns ... Served as team captain and earned the team's Most Valuable Player award in 2008 ... High school coach: Daryle Heidelburg ... Also competed for the track team, running the 800-meter event ... Played for the United States team that won the 2009 IFAF Junior World Championship.
Phillip M. Thomas ... Son of Marion Cooper ... Born in November 1990 ... Majoring in child and family studies in the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics.