94 - Ryon Phillips
Ryon Phillips
Height: 6-3
Weight: 240
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Royse City, Texas
High School: Royse City HS
Position: DE

2014 - ...Named MIAA Academic Honor Roll (3.76 GPA)

2013 - Started all 10 games at defensive end as a junior, finishing 10th on the team in tackles with 24, four solo, including two and half tackles for a loss of 23 yards, two sacks and ranked second on the team in quarterback hurries with eight...Totaled a season-high five tackles in the Lions home finale win against Lindenwood-Belleville with a sack for a loss of 16 yards and a pair of quarterback hurries...Also made four tackles in Southern's season-opening win at home over Central Oklahoma along with two quarterback hurries. 

2012 - An All-MIAA honorable mention, Phillips started all 11 games at defensive end for Southern as a sophomore finishing tied for seventh in total tackles with 32 tackles, including 16 solo, 9.5 tackles for a loss of 52 yards, four sacks, nine quarterback hurries and one pass break-up. Recorded at least one tackle in every game, Phillips finished with a season-high five stops twice in the season-opener against Central Oklahoma and season finale against Pittsburg State. Recorded at least a half a tackle or more for loss in 8 of the Lions' 11 games recording two tackles for loss against Northeastern State and Northwest Missouri. Recovered a fumble against UCO and recorded a season-high three quarterback hurries against the RiverHawks.

2011- Phillips appeared in all 10 games for MSSU, starting 6, where he totaled 31 tackles (21 solo), 15.5 for loss, 6 sacks, 2 pass breakups and 1 forced fumble. Had a season-high 8 tackles, including 5.0 for loss (24 yards) and 3 sacks in a 24-17 win over Truman State.

Prior To Southern - Phillips played for coach Greg Strahm at Royse City HS where he was a first-team All-District selection at outside linebacker … he led his district in sacks and was a team captain en route to a Wendy's Heisman Award  in his senior season … undecided on his future major at Southern, Phillips is the son of Peter and Rhonda Black.