A young and rising talent who is a former sixth-round pick, Darius Philon heads into his third season with the Bolts.
As a second-year player in 2016, Philon played in 14 games, and he made a pair of starts. He finished the season with 16 tackles and a sack.
Philon went to school at Arkansas where he redshirted for a year before playing two seasons (2013-14) for the Razorbacks. With a young son, Darius Jr. – who was born last August – on the way, Philon decided he needed to provide for his family and tossed his hat into the NFL ring after his redshirt sophomore season. Philon rolled the dice by leaving school after just three years, but the Chargers’ sixth-round pick played well as a rookie and showed he made the right decision.
At Arkansas, it didn’t take long to see that Philon had NFL potential. His first collegiate start came as a redshirt freshman in 2013 against the No. 1 team in the nation, Alabama. That afternoon, Philon racked up a career-high eight tackles against the Crimson Tide.
TRANSACTION HISTORY: Sixth-round pick (192nd overall) by Chargers, May 2, 2015.
2016: First NFL start Sept. 18 vs. Jacksonville...first NFL sack to help force three-and-out Dec. 24 at Cleveland...Browns QB Robert Griffith III was injured on play and did not return to game.
2015: Tackle for loss near goal line Sept. 20 at Cincinnati...inactive Oct. 12 vs. Pittsburgh (hip)...placed on “Reserve-Injured” with designation to return Oct. 17...returned to active roster Dec. 12 and returned to game action Dec. 13 at Kansas City...five-yard sack late in first quarter vs. Chiefs negated by penalty away from play...lone stop was five-yard tackle for loss Jan. 3 at Denver.
COLLEGE: Second-team All-SEC in 2014...92 tackles, 20.5 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks and three forced fumbles during career...SEC Defensive Lineman of Week after Ole Miss game in 2014...redshirted in 2012...played at Arkansas from 2013-14...enrolled in college of arts and science.
PERSONAL: Born in Mobile, Ala. ...helped lead Vigor (Mobile, Ala.) High to 2011 5A State Championship Game...selected to play in Alabama/Mississippi All-Star Game following senior season.