Phillip Steward
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    Phillip Steward

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Missouri City, Texas

    High School:
    Hightower

    Height / Weight:
    6-0 / 223

    Position:
    LB

    Birthdate:
    09/07/1990

    Experience:
    3L

    • 2012 First Team All-Conference USA
    • 2011 Led all NCAA Linebackers with Six Interceptions

    • Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week (Oct. 10, 2011)
    • 2009  C-USA All-Freshman Defensive Team

    Senior (2012): Started all 12 games at strongside linebacker ... named first team All-Conference USA by the league's coaches and Phil Steele ... received the program's Wilson Whitley Defensive Most Valuable Player award ... finished 14th nationally with 11 sacks ... led Conference USA and was fourth nationally with five forced fumbles ... second in Conference USA and ninth nationally with 19.5 tackles for loss ... led Houston and was ninth nationally with 128 total tackles ... also had three interceptions, three pass breakups and one fumble recovery ... had at least 12 tackles in seven games including a career-high 16 stops at Marshall ... had multiple tackles for loss in seven games and a career-high three tackles for loss in three games ... had a career-high 2.5 sacks against UAB and two sacks vs. Rice ... forced and recovered a fumble to end UCLA's first drive ... recorded interceptions vs. UAB, East Carolina and Tulane.

    Junior (2011): Led all linebackers nationally with six interceptions ... Finished 11th nationally regardless of position with those six picks ... Finished fourth on the squad with 77 total tackles and was fourth with 8.0 tackles-for-loss ... Finished fourth on the squad with seven passes broken up and had five quarterback hurries, which was second on club ... Had two interceptions and broke up a third pass in the win against East Carolina ... Won Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week honors for that effort ... Had two fumble recoveries, including a key recovery against UCLA in the season-opener ... Finished the year recording interceptions in four of his final five games ... Had a key interception in the 2012 TicketCity Bowl win against Penn State ... Had nine tackles and a pick against SMU ... Tied a season high with 12 tackles in wins against Louisiana Tech and Rice.

    Sophomore (2010): Posted three tackles, including an assist for a loss of a yard, against Texas State during the season opener... Also broke up a pass against the Bobcats ... Recorded six tackles with a pass breakup and quarterback hurry against UTEP ... Led the Cougars with eight tackles, including five solo stops at UCLA ... Added two tackles for a loss of five yards and broke up a pass against the Bruins ... Recorded six tackles, including three solo stops, against Tulane ... Added 1.5 tackles for a loss of three yards, broke up a pass, finished with two quarterback hurries and returned an interception 24 yards against the Green Wave ... Finished with 10 tackles, including two solo stops against Mississippi State ... Also assisted in a sack and made a 1-yard tackle for loss against the Bulldogs ... Recorded seven tackles, including six solo stops, also had two tackles for loss totalling 12 yards ... Posted seven tackles, including three solo stops against Memphis ... Also had a sack for a 10-yard loss and a forced fumble against the Tigers ... Finished with seven tackles including two solo stops and a pass defelection, also hurried the quarterback twice against UCF ... Led the team with 16 tackles, including seven solo stops against Tulsa, also added a interception returned for three yards and a pass deflection against the Golden Hurricanes ... recorded eight tackles, all solo stops, including one for loss at Southern Miss ... Had three tackles in the season finale at Texas Tech.

    Freshman (2009): Fourth on team with 89 tackles ... One of 29 players to compete in all 14 games ... One of only five freshmen to compete in every game ... Made his collegiate debut against Northwestern State during the season opener ... Led all Cougars with 13 tackles against the Demons ... Finished with four tackles, including two solo stops, and broke up a pass at C-USA rival UTEP ... Recorded five tackles, including two solo stops, at C-USA rival Tulane ... Posted seven tackles, including three solo stops, against C-USA rival SMU ... Tallied 10 tackles, including five solo stops, against C-USA rival Southern Miss ... Also recorded one tackle for a loss of two yards against the Golden Eagles ... Posted eight tackles, including three solo stops, with a pass breakup, at C-USA rival Tulsa ... Totaled 12 tackles, including nine solo stops, and added two tackles for a loss of five yards at C-USA rival UCF ... Recorded eight tackles, including an assist for a loss of a yard, against C-USA rival Memphis ... Finished with five takles against C-USA rival Rice during the regular-season finale. C-USA Championship Game: Recorded seven tackles, including an assist for a loss of a yard, at East Carolina. Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl: Posted five tackles against Air Force ... Tied a Houston single-season record with 14 games played against Air Force.

    High School: Competed for head coach Shane Hallmark at Hightower High and helped lead the Rebels to a 15-1 record and berth in the state championship game ... All-District and All-State honoree ... Competed in the Space City Classic and Texas-Louisiana All-Star games ... Finished as the second-leading tackler on the team with 150 solo stops, 12 sacks and three forced fumbles ... a member of the Houston Chronicle Top 100 ... Named First Team All-District 23-5A.

    Personal: Full name is Phillip Deshawn Steward... Born Sept. 7, 1990, in Houston ... Son of Joseph Phillip Steward and Yushana Kincy... Majoring in kinesiology-sports administration.

    Steward's Career Bests
    Tackles: 16, two times, last vs. Marshall, 2012
    Tackles for Loss: 3, two times, last vs. UAB, 2012
    Sacks: 2.5, UAB, 2012
    Interceptions: 2, East Carolina, 2011
    Pass Breakups: 1, 17 times, last vs. Tulane, 2012
    Forced Fumbles: 1, six times, last vs. Tulsa, 2012
    Fumble Recoveries: 1, three times, last vs. UCLA, 2012

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