Honors: 2009 - Presented the Terry Whiteside award (excellence in academics, athletics, strength training, community, and campus) at the conclusion of spring drills while also winning the most improved strength training award for running backs ... Voted ESPN/CoSIDA First Team Academic All-District ... One of 52 FBS players nationwide nominated to the 2009 AFCA Good Works Team ... Named to the 2009 Doak Walker Watch List ... Named a semifinalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy ... Named a finalist for the ARA Sportsmanship award ... 2008 - Voted CoSida/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District ... Named the Middle Tennessee Outstanding Junior Male Student-Athlete for 2008-09 during the annual Honors Luncheon in April ... Named the winner of the Dr. James Walker Junior Academic Award in the spring ... Selected to represent Middle Tennessee at the 2008 NCAA Leadership Council ... Earned Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week and SBC Offensive Player of the Week honors after rushing for a career-high 159 yards on 14 attempts and five touchdowns in win over North Texas ... 2007 - Named ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District ... Named the Most Dependable Running Back by the coaches following spring practice ... Named a Top 10 finalist for the AFCA Good Works team in November.
2009: Played and started two games before his injury ... Registered 84 total snaps on the season with a high of 54 at Clemson ... Ended the year with 83 yards rushing on 18 carries and a touchdown ... Had a 28-yard reception at Clemson to go with 36 rushing yards ... Registered 47 yards and a touchdown on eight carries against Memphis before suffering bone contusion in his knee ... Missed the remainder of the season and took a redshirt year.
2008: Played in all 12 games and had four starts ... Led the team in rushing with 714 yards to go with a team-best 15 rushing touchdowns ... Also added 13 receptions for 135 yards and a touchdown ... Paced all backs with 602 total snaps, including a season-best 67 at Louisville ... Earned 14 winning grades from the coaches ... Led the Blue Raiders with 61 yards rushing on 16 attempts against Troy and a touchdown ... Added 61 yards and a touchdown in win over Maryland ... Rushed for 79 yards and two touchdowns at FIU ... Rushed 13 times for 46 yards and recorded his first career touchdown reception at Louisville ... Had two catches for 43 yards against ULM to go along with a rushing touchdown ... Turned in 92 yards rushing on a personal-best 27 carries and a touchdown at WKU ... Touchdown at WKU came on fourth down from 29 yards out ... Added a sixth touchdown when he returned a kickoff 92 yards for a score (his six scores was a SBC record for touchdowns and points) ... Finished with 301 all-purpose yards against UNT to rank third on the single-game list ... Had 78 yards rushing and two touchdowns in season finale at Louisiana.
2007: Played in nine games and had one start ... Had 299 yards rushing on 64 carries and four touchdowns while adding six receptions for 119 yards ... Had 321 total snaps on the season ... Rushed for 104 yards on 20 attempts and two touchdowns in the Blue-White game ... Had four carries for 15 yards against FAU ... Turned in a career-high 144 rushing yards and three touchdowns on just nine carries at Louisville, including a 79-yard TD run which matched the longest in Middle Tennessee's FBS era ... Added a catch for eight yards at LSU ... Only had two carries against WKU ... Led the Blue Raiders with 59 yards rushing on 12 attempts against FIU and added a 40-yard reception ... Rushed for 20 yards on nine attempts and had a 26-yard reception at Memphis ... Had a 22-yard catch against ASU ... Rushed nine times for 34 yards and a touchdown at North Texas ... Did not play against ULM, ULL, or Troy due to a knee injury ... Also competes in indoor and outdoor track as a member of the 4x100 meter relay team.
2006: Played in all 13 games as a true freshman ... Competed on special teams and as a nickel back on defense ... Had 16 total tackles on the year including a sack and a tackle for loss ... Played eight snaps on special teams in the opening win over FIU ... Was in on three special teams plays at Maryland ... Moved to the secondary the week of the Tennessee Tech game due to so many injuries ... Had two tackles and played a total of 32 plays in win over TTU (19 on defense) ... Returned the second half kickoff 61 yards to setup the Blue Raiders' first touchdown against TTU and earned a "winning performance" on defense and special teams from the coaches ... Had one tackle in 18 snaps (15 special teams) at Oklahoma ... Registered three tackles, a tackle for loss, and a sack in shutout win over North Texas ... Added one stop against Louisville ... Had one tackle and returned two kickoffs for 47 yards against Louisiana-Monroe ... Was awarded a "winning performance" from the coaches for his play at Louisiana-Lafayette (had one stop) ... Registered four stops in win over FAU and two at ASU ... Turned in one tackle against Troy.
High School: Collected 4,275 yards and 76 touchdowns during his career at Justin F. Kimball High School while earning four letters... Tabbed the District Player of the Year as a senior and earned first team all-district honors ... Was the team offensive MVP as a sophomore, junior, and senior and selected team captain as a junior and senior ... Voted first team all-region II Class 4A by TexasHSFootball.com in 2005 ... Rushed for 1,705 yards and scored 29 touchdowns (26 rushing, 3 receiving) his senior year to lead Kimball to a 9-2 record ... Rushed for 201 yards and two touchdowns in win over 5A Denison ... Tallied 183 yards on the ground in win over rival South Oak Cliff in 2005 ... As a junior, he rushed for 1,395 yards and 22 touchdowns while adding two more scores on receptions ... Named first team all-district as a junior ... In 2003, he rushed for 1,175 yards and scored 23 touchdowns ... Also lettered four years in track, where he qualified for the regionals in the 100 meters as a sophomore, junior, and senior (best time was 10.5).
Full Name: Phillip Christopher Tanner ... Parent: Phillippia Tanner ... Born: 8/8/88 ... Major: Recreation Management.