Phillip Graves
Phillip  Graves

Hutto, TX

High School:
Hutto HS

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 205

Running Back

Was a dominating force at outside linebacker, earning second-team All-Sun Belt honors ... Finished second on the team and second among Sun Belt linebackers with a career-best 93 tackles ... Registered seven tackles for loss and ranked first in the league with three fumble recoveries and second with two forced fumbles ... Earned conference player of the week for recording two sacks, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and an interception in the win over Florida International ... Recorded 16 tackles against UL Monroe, the most by a Mean Green player since 2003.

Finished the year second on the team in interceptions with two, Graves added key depth at linebacker ... Recorded 49 tackles, ranking seventh on the team ... Key member of the defense that was first in the conference in turnover margin (+13) ... Halted a first quarter Baylor drive with an interception at the North Texas 11-yard line ... Led the team with nine tackles against Louisiana-Lafayette ... Had his only start of the season in the win over the Ragin’ Cajuns.

Earned his first letter after playing in 12 games and being a key contributor on all special teams ... Started on kickoff and kickoff return as well as punt and punt returns ... Was an integral part of the punt team that led the Sun Belt by allowing just 4.1 yards per punt return ... Had eight total tackles, most of which came on punt and kickoff coverage ... Had a season-best three tackles against Louisiana-Lafayette ... Blocked a punt against Baylor in the fourth quarter that gave North Texas the ball at the Baylor 28-yard line and led to a Mean Green touchdown ... Had one punt return for 12 yards and one kickoff return for one yard ...

Was a redshirt.

High School/ Personal
Was named the 2001 Texas class 2A Offensive Player of the Year after rushing for 2,173 yards and 30 touchdowns as a senior ... Named first-team all-district and all-state and second-team Centex (central Texas, all classes) by Austin ... Rushed for 514 yards and eight touchdowns in one game, giving him the sixth-best single-game rushing performance in Texas high school history ... Rushed for over 100 yards nine times and over 200 yards four times in 2001 ... First-team all-district as a junior ... Timed at 10.7 in 100 meters as junior ... Son of Rick and Barbara Graves ... Born August 18, 1983 in Houston. To

North Texas Mean Green