2000: Appeared in eight games, starting all eight as an insider linebacker . . . missed last two games due to injury . . . finished fifth on the team in tackles with 50, 23 unassisted . . . had three tackles for a loss and one sack for eight yards . . . recoverd two fumbles throughout the season . . . forced two breakups . . . had 10 tackles in season-opener versus So. Conn. (9/9) . . . followed that effort with an 11-tackle performance and a sack against St. John's (9/16) . . . notched a 29-yard interception return for a TD against St. Francis (9/23). . . made nine stops in loss to Wagner (10/7) . . . had five tackles against Sacred Heart (10/14) and six versus Monmouth (10/21) . . . missed final two games of season with neck injury.
1999: Appeared in all 10 games, starting nine at linebacker . . . emerged as a reliable performer on defense, finishing third on the team in tackles with 67 . . . . had nine tackles for a loss and two sacks . . . recorded a least four tackles in every game . . . registered first career interception . . . knocked down one pass . . . lead the team in tackles four times . . . recorded season-best 10 stops versus St. Francis (11/13) . . . made nine tackles against San Diego (11/6) and St. John's (11/26) . . . also had eight takedowns versus Wagner (9/11) and C.W. Post (10/23) . . . recorded sacks at C.W. Post (10/23) and Wagner (9/11) . . . first interception came against St. John's (11/26).
1998: Appeared in all 10 games and made 32 tackles in first season as a Seawolf . . . made five tackles at Southern Connecticut (9/11) . . . made six stops versus Albany (10/17) . . . registered season-best 11 tackles against AIC (11/7).
High School: Played football at Wardlaw Hartridge High School in Edison, N.J. . . three-time All-State selection . . . three-time All-State player in baseball . . . also lettered in basketball.
Paw Prints: John Phelan . . . born Nov. 23, 1979 . . . son of Dianne and Michael . . . son of Michelle and Mike and Phelan . . . his advice to youngsters is don't do drugs.
The File on Phelan Year UT AT Tot TFL Sacks FR Int Br 1998 16 16 32 2 0 0 0 0 1999 21 46 67 9 2 0 0 1 2000 23 27 50 3 1 2 1 2 Total 60 89 149 14 3 2 1 3