Phillip Paea, Ex-Wolverine

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14Apr 2021
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Phillip Paea, Ex-Wolverine

Phillip Paea (image via 247 Sports)

Defensive tackle Phillip Paea has entered the transfer portal. Paea played in just a few games from 2017-2020, bouncing back and forth between offensive and defensive line.

Paea was recruited for defensive tackle, even though I said all along I liked him best on offense (LINK). I initially gave him a TTB Rating of 76 thinking the staff might come around, but as it became clear he was headed for defense, I lowered that to 68 (LINK).

It seems to be rather unusual that a player in modern football sticks around for four years without having a role on offense or defense, but that was the case here with Paea. As a grad transfer, he now has two years to play two.

That 2017 class was thought to be a great in-state haul, but Donovan Peoples-Jones and Ambry Thomas only played three years each, never reaching their ceiling. Deron Irving-Bey, Ja’Raymond Hall, Jaylen Kelly-Powell, and Joshua Ross rounded out that in-state class. The only one remaining is Ross, and so far, none has received honors above Third Team All-Big Ten.

2Jul 2020
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2020 Season Countdown: #70 Phillip Paea

Phillip Paea

Name: Phillip Paea
Height:
6’4″
Weight:
302 lbs.
High school:
Berrien Springs (MI) Berrien Springs
Position:
Defensive tackle
Class:
Redshirt junior
Jersey number:
#92
Last year:
I ranked Paea #80 and said he would be a backup . . . somewhere (LINK). He did not play in any games.
TTB Rating:
68

Well, here we are on the brink of another season (or not) and Paea doesn’t appear to be any further along than he was last year at this time. Paea went from being a backup offensive lineman in 2018 to a backup defensive tackle in 2019. Michigan had a need for contributions on the interior of the defensive line, because they were relying on help from other unproven players, like freshman Chris Hinton and veteran Donovan Jeter.

This year the guys ahead of Paea appear to be all the same guys, except the departed Michael Dwumfour, who will be suiting up for Rutgers in 2020. There might even be some strongside defensive end types encroaching on defensive tackle playing time, such as Julius Welschof. Though there is opportunity once again for unproven players to step up, it’s unlikely that Paea will be one of them. Unless he has a breakthrough this season, this will probably be the finale of his Michigan career.

Prediction: Backup defensive tackle

28Jun 2019
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Polynesian Bowl participants: Michigan

Oakley (CA) Freedom WR Giles Jackson (image via Oregon Live))

The fourth annual Polynesian Bowl will be played in Honolulu, HI, in January of 2020. Here are the Michigan participants over the years:

2021
J.J. McCarthy, QB – La Grange Park, IL*

2020
Reece Atteberry, C – Aurora, CO
A.J. Henning, WR – Frankfort, IL
Braiden McGregor, DE – Port Huron, MI**
Jordan Morant, S – Oradell, NJ**
Kalel Mullings, LB – Milton, MA
Gregory Tarr, LS – Romeo, MI

2019
Giles Jackson, WR – Freedom, CA

2018
None

2017
Chuck Filiaga, OT – Aledo, TX
Corey Malone-Hatcher, DE – St. Joseph, MI**
Dylan McCaffrey, QB – Littleton, CO
Phillip Paea, DT – Berrien Springs, MI
Joshua Ross, LB – Orchard Lake, MI
Kurt Taylor, RB – Loganville, GA

*Scheduled to play in the upcoming game

**Selected but not participating due to injury/early enrollment

7Jun 2019
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2019 Season Countdown: #80 Phillip Paea

Phillip Paea (image via 247 Sports)

Name: Phillip Paea
Height:
6’4″
Weight:
296 lbs.
High school:
Berrien Springs (MI) Berrien Springs
Position:
Offensive guard/defensive tackle
Class:
Redshirt sophomore
Jersey number:
#58
Last year:
I ranked Paea #70 (LINK). He played in two games.
TTB Rating:
68

Usually as a college football player, I don’t refer to you as a journeyman. Most college players play for one school or a maximum of two over up to five years.

I will make an exception for journeyman Phillip Paea. Not because he has played for multiple schools, but he leads a nomadic existence. One day he’s camping out with the big uglies that make up the offensive line, and the next day, he’s hanging out with the dogs on defense. Michigan’s coaching staff can’t decide where he fits best or what hole he plugs, so he constantly bounces back and forth between offensive guard and defensive tackle.

I am on the record as saying that he has the most potential on the offensive line, but the defensive tackle position lacks experienced bodies. Where he plays this season is anyone’s guess.

Prediction: Backup hog/dog