SMU hires Jason Phillips

The Mustangs have hired Houston offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach Jason Phillips as an assistant coach. After nine seasons at Houston and helping the Cougars boast one of the country's most prolific offenses, Phillips will bring his talents and recruiting connections to SMU.

SMU has announced that Jason Phillips will join the Mustangs coaching staff as an assistant coach. Phillips just completed his ninth season at Houston, where he served as the Cougars' offensive coordinator, wide receivers coach, and most importantly to SMU, recruiting coordinator.

"We drafted Jason when I was with the Detroit Lions in 1989 and then I brought him to the Atlanta Falcons with me in 1992," June Jones said in a statement released Wednesday. "He was a very competitive player and had great work ethic on and off the field.

"His receivers and the offenses that he has been a part of in his coaching career have been some of the best in the country and I'm excited to have him join our staff. He knows our offense from having played in it and I look forward to his input into what we do, along with what he brings to us from the offenses that he has been associated with in his coaching career. He has recruited Texas for close to 10 years, so he will have an impact there as well."

Houston finished the 2011 season with a 30-14 win over Penn State in the TicketCity Bowl. Phillips offense had 600 total yards for the eighth time this year.

The Cougars led the nation in most offensive categories and was one of the most prolific offenses in NCAA history behind FBS record-slashing quarterback Case Keenum.

Keenum's weapons on the outside – like Patrick Edwards, Tyron Carrier and Justin Johnson – were key components of Houston's success. Phillips developed those players into record-setters.

Edwards led the country with 20 touchdown catches and ranked second nationally with 1,752 yards receiving. Carrier also ranked in the top 20 nationally in receptions per game and Johnson ranked 16th in the nation with a 1,229-yard season.

He is a great hire for the Mustangs.

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