Feb. 3, 2000
Vol. 19 No. 9

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    Third-year named to two All-America football teams

    University third-year Dan Philips, middle linebacker for the Maroons, was named to both the Hewlett-Packard and Football Gazette NCAA Division III All-America football teams.

    Philips was named to the Hewlett-Packard Second Team and the Football Gazette Third Team. A nationwide panel of sports-information directors selected members of the teams.

    In 1999, Philips made at least 10 tackles in every game and led the Maroons with 141 stops on the year. He also compiled nine tackles-for-loss, four passes defended, three interceptions, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and a blocked kick.

    Philips led a Chicago defense that ranked among the top 20 NCAA Division III teams in five categories: pass efficiency defense (2nd/71.9), turnover margin (10th/+1.66), total defense (11th/235.2), scoring defense (13th/11.3) and rushing defense (19th/101.0).

    Philips is the fifth Chicago player to be cited for All-America recognition since 1990, joining kick returner Derrick Brooms (1995), fullback Frank Baker (1993), defensive end Neal Cawi (1991) and punter Jeff Stolte (1991).

    Chicago posted a 5-4 overall record in 1999, marking its third consecutive winning season, a feat never before accomplished in the school’s modern (post-1969) football era.