An athletic, versatile linebacker who had a breakout 2007 campaign ... one of the top tacklers in the ACC his final two years ... tallied 218 tackles during the 2007-08 seasons, the third-highest total in the league (248 by Michael Tauiliili of Duke; 220 by Vincent Rey of Duke) ... appeared in the last 49 games of his career ... started 25 of the final 26 games of his career, playing Mike and Will linebacker ... one of the team's fastest linebackers ... attained Iron Terp status in the spring of 2006 with the seventh-highest strength index on the team ... did not test in 2007 and 2008 due to injury.
As a Senior (2008): An All-ACC nominee ... played in all 13 games, with 12 starts at Will LB ... ranked second on the team in tackles (94) ... ranked 12th in the ACC in tackles (7.2 pg) ... named to the watch list for the 2008 Nagurski Trophy ... a concensus preseason first team All-ACC choice ... first team selection by The Sporting News, Blue Ribbon and Lindy's ... second team by Athlon ... 11th-ranked ILB in the nation by Lindy's ... tied for the team lead with nine tackles (seven solo) against MTSU (9/6) ... posted a team-high 13 stops (tied for second most in his career) and added his first tackle for loss of the season vs. Cal (9/13) ... was second on the team with nine tackles and added the first half-sack of his career against Eastern Michigan (9/20) ... had six tackles vs. Virginia (10/4) ... notched 10 tackles and one sack vs. Wake Forest (10/18) ... tallied three tackles against NC State (10/25) before leaving the game with a shoulder injury ... had nine stops vs. Virginia Tech (11/6) ... had 11 tackles, including four solo stops, vs. Florida State (11/22) ... notched 10 tackles at Boston College (11/29).
As a Junior (2007): An all-league nominee who ranked fourth in the ACC and tied for 38th nationally in tackles (9.5 pg) ... his 124 tackles were second on the team ... started all 13 games at Mike LB ... fourth on the team (tops among linebackers) with four pass breakups ... his 11.8 tackles per game in ACC play led the league ... posted double-digit stops in each of the last eight regular-season games ... (vs. Villanova) ... earned his first start at the Mike linebacker spot and responded with a pass breakup, three tackles, including one for a loss in the first half ... defense only allowed 28 yards total in the second half and 11 yards rushing for the game ... (vs. FIU) ... made four tackles on the day and helped limit FIU to 81 yards passing and 82 yards rushing ... (vs. WVU) ... recorded nine tackles ... assisted on one tackle for a loss ... (vs. WF) ... notched eight tackles ... had four solo stops ... broke up one pass ... (vs. Rutgers) ... recorded a then career-high 11 tackles, tied for the most on the team ... had a career-best eight solo stops ... also broke up a pass ... (vs. GT) ... recorded 21 tackles, the most by a Terrapin since 1998 ... set a new career high for the second straight game ... also stopped Tashard Choice short of the end zone on a two-point conversion attempt that would have tied the game at 28-all ... named ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week for his performance ... (vs. UVA) ... made 10 tackles ... also broke up a pass ... (vs. Clemson) ... had 12 tackles, including one for a loss of four yards ... (vs. UNC) ... second on the team with 10 tackles ... led the team with seven solo tackles, one of which was for a loss of a yard ... (vs. BC) ... tied for the team-lead with 13 tackles, including one for a loss ... (vs. FSU) ... led the team in tackles with 10 ... also had one tackle for a loss ... (vs. NCSU) ... led the team in tackles for the third time during the season with 10, including 1.5 for a loss ... snagged his first career interception in the first quarter and returned it 43 yards ... (vs. OSU, Emerald Bowl) ... posted three tackles ... recorded his first career fumble recovery and forced fumble ... entered the fall No. 2 on the depth chart at Will linebacker and moved to Sam LB during preseason camp.
As a Sophomore (2006): Played in all 13 games as a reserve linebacker and on special teams ... made two starts at Sam LB ... ranked fifth on the team in tackles for loss with 5.5 ... ranked 10th on the team in solo tackles with 15 ... (vs. W&M) ... posted a season-high seven tackles, second most on the team in the game... brought down a Tribe runner for a 2-yard loss in the fourth quarter ... his four solo stops were also a season best ... (vs. MT) ... recorded three tackles, one solo with one TFL in his first career start ... (vs. WVU) ... notched two tackles, one solo, and one TFL ... (vs. GT) ... recorded one tackle in his second career start ... (vs. UVA) ... notched two solo tackles ... (vs. NCSU) ... posted three tackles (two solo), including a 2-yard TFL ... (vs. FSU) ... recorded two tackles, one solo ... (vs. Clemson) ... notched three tackles (two solo) and a TFL ... (vs. BC) ... recorded two solo tackles, including a TFL of five yards ... (vs. PU, Champs Sports Bowl) ... had one tackle in a reserve role ... posted the seventh-highest strength index on the team in spring testing ... also posted a 40 1/2-inch vertical jump.
As a Freshman (2005): Played in 10 of 11 games as reserve LB ... lone game he did not play was the season opener ... notched seven tackles (five solo) on the season ... one of six true freshmen to see game action... also had one-half tackle for loss and a QB hurry ... (vs. VT) ... finished the day with one tackle and the first quarterback hurry of his career ... (at UNC) ... recorded a pair of solo tackles ... (at NC St.) ... finished with a season-high tying two tackles (one solo) and shared his first career TFL.
At Manchester Central High School: A four-year letterwinner and three-year starter who played inside linebacker and tailback his last two years after starting at defensive end as a sophomore ... finished his senior season with 108 tackles, one interception (returned for a TD), 4.5 sacks, one blocked punt (that he recovered and returned for a TD) and one fumble recovery ... also rushed for 1,002 yards and 13 touchdowns, averaging 8.5 yards per carry ... had 27 career sacks ... a three-time all-state selection who was New Hampshire state player of the year in 2004 ... rated as the No. 5 outside linebacker in the country by ESPN.com's Tom Lemming ... a PrepStar All-American ... an All-New England pick by SuperPrep (third-rated player in the region) ... team won state championships all four years he played including a 13-0 season in `04 ... team was 47-3 in his career ... lettered two years in track (sprints and shot put) ... also recruited by Ohio State, Michigan, Boston College and West Virginia ... coached by Jim Schubert.
Personal: Born Sept. 24, 1986 ... mother is Liz Murphy ... brother, Jacques, was an All-America nose tackle at Norfolk State ... majoring in American studies.
Philistin's Career Statistics
Defense G-GS UT AT TT TFL Sacks FC FR PBU Int. 2005 10-0 5 2 7 0.5-0 0.0-0 0 0 0 0-0 2006 13-2 15 11 26 5.5-15 0.0-0 0 0 1 0-0 2007 13-13 54 70 124 6.5-14 0.0-0 1 1 4 1-43 2008 13-12 41 53 94 5.0-15 2.0-9 0 0 0 0-0 Career 49-27 115 136 251 17.5-44 2.0-9 1 1 5 1-43