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Oklahoma football: Defensive tackle Jordan Phillips receives medical hardship waiver after 2013 back surgery

by Jason Kersey Modified: July 23, 2014 at 9:55 pm •  Published: July 23, 2014

Jordan Phillips received some good news in the form of a medical hardship from the Big 12 Conference. PHOTO BY CHRIS LANDSBERGER, THE OKLAHOMAN
Jordan Phillips received some good news in the form of a medical hardship from the Big 12 Conference. PHOTO BY CHRIS LANDSBERGER, THE OKLAHOMAN

NORMAN — Oklahoma defensive tackle Jordan Phillips received a medical hardship following the back surgery that cost him most of last season.

Phillips, from Towanda, Kan., is listed as a redshirt sophomore on the team’s official roster, and OU spokesman Pete Moris confirmed that Phillips received the hardship from the Big 12 Conference.

The 6-foot-6, 334-pound defensive tackle started the Sooners’ first four games last season before needing the back surgery, which was in response to a long-term problem.

Phillips recorded seven tackles and 1.5 sacks in his limited action a year ago, but was seen as a dominating presence inside the defensive line for the Sooners.

Defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said last month that Phillips had returned to full workouts this summer, and discussed how important he is to the team’s defense.

“We missed him inside; Jordan Wade came in and really did a nice job for us, kinda holding down that middle, but the production, it’s different,” Stoops said. “Jordan (Phillips) can take up the middle and make plays. That’s something we’ll be looking forward to getting him back.”

by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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