|High School:||Downey HS|
PERSONAL — Born Justin Miles Phinisee on April 10, 1983 in Long Beach, Calif. Parents: Lee and Marie Phinisee. Family: One brother. High School (Coach): Compton (Grant Warhurst) 2001. Major: Ethnic Studies. Redshirt: 2001.
HIGH SCHOOL — Thrived as an all-around athletic standout to earn second-team all-state accolades as a multi-purpose threat by Student Sports and first-team Dream Team status by the Long Beach Press-Telegram. The two-time all-CIF Division II choice and San Gabriel Valley League offensive MVP rushed for 866 yards (6.9 avg.) and 18 touchdowns as the Vikings’ leading scorer as a quarterback his senior year, in addition to throwing for 738 yards (28-60) and six TDs.
OREGON — After years of switching positions, coaches hope he can concentrate on making a home at cornerback despite the fact he could start at almost any position in the secondary. The two-year starter possesses extremely good cover skills and has developed his body to the point that bigger receivers are no longer able to outmuscle him. Boasts of the top bench press max among Oregon defensive backs (355 lbs.) and the fourth-best in school history during the winter (best in five years). Should emerge as one of the best at his craft in the league and looking forward to encountering a great year. Maintains a quiet confidence about him that is infectious on those around him. The 18-game starter doubles as one of the best kick returners in the league capable of breaking a game open.
2004 — Oregon’s eighth-leading tackler (and secondary’s second best) paced the team in passes broken up in 10 games, missing the Idaho contest due to a leg injury. Credited with a season-best seven tackles at California in addition to posting six stops at Stanford and Oregon State. Returned an interception two yards at Washington State and scored his first touchdown of his collegiate career on a 73-yard punt return vs. UCLA. Earned honorable mention all-conference honors as a punt returner, ranking 11th in the country (15.4 avg.) and second in the Pac-10. Kick return average stands third on Oregon’s all-time single-season list and its best in 48 years. Awarded game ball as team’s special team’s player of the week for his efforts vs. Arizona and the Bruins.
2003 — Finished the season fourth on the team in tackles and second among the Duck secondary. Was a nine-game starter after making his primary contributions on special teams the previous season. Started five games at right corner and four on the left side, with 50 of his total tackles solo stops. Enjoyed a career-high 10 stops at UCLA in addition to leading the Ducks with seven tackles at Arizona and putting up an interception and team-high three pass deflections vs. Stanford. Was stellar in Oregon’s win over No. 3 Michigan, leading the team with eight tackles, an interception, a pass deflection and a sack. Singled out for his special teams play vs. Mississippi State and Arizona State, averaging 23.7 yards per kickoff return and 7.4 yards per punt return. Encountered his best day vs. Washington State when he had seven total returns for 168 yards, including a long of 74 yards. Concluded the season with six tackles and one pass deflection in the Sun Bowl.
2002 — Used his freshman season to showcase his talents on special teams. Had an uncanny ability to consistently make plays for the Ducks’ unit and was the team’s special teams player of the week for his play vs. Portland State in which he recorded four solo tackles (five total) en route to scoring 39 points. Was noted for his effort on three other occasions — MSU, Idaho and Oregon State. Led Oregon with 23 of his tackles on the punt and kickoff coverage units. Got to showcase his speed and quickness against the Beavers when he had four kick-off returns for 145 yards, including runs of 69 and 37 yards. Completed the year averaging 29.3 yards on seven kickoff returns — all taking place in the season’s final three games.
2001 — Recognized as scout team’s defensive player-of-the-week on three occasions (USC, Utah State, UCLA) during redshirt year.