Marc Philippi to start at linebacker for UNLV

LAS VEGAS — Marc Philippi, whose parents were noted athletes in the Mining City, will start at linebacker for the University of Nevada Las Vegas when the Rebels open the season Friday at Arizona.

Philippi is a reshirt sophomore for the Rebels. His father is Mark Philippi, a former Montana Tech football player. His mother is Tracey (Peoples) Philippi, who earned a spot in the Butte Sports Hall of Fame by helping Butte Central win state titles in track and basketball in the early 1980s.

The younger Philippi is one three sophomores expected start at linebacker for coach Bobby Hauck’s Rebels.

“We all had a little bit of playing time last year,” Philippi told The Las Vegas Review-Journal recently. “We had a great linebacking corps last year, and we got a lot of experience watching film on them. So I don’t think age matters. We can’t use it as an excuse or anything, and I don’t think we will because we’re flying around making plays.”

Philippi has sports roots on both sides of the family.

His grandparents Don and Kathy Peoples live in Butte. His uncles Don and Doug Peoples coach football at Butte Central, while his uncle Kevin Peoples is the defensive line coach at Georgia Southern.

Philippi is cousins with Butte Central standout athletes Danny and Mollie Peoples and former Maroon and current MSU Billings basketball player Quinn Peoples.

Philippi’s uncle Rob Philippi is the associate commissioner at Conference USA.

After playing for the Orediggers, Mark Phillipi served as an assistant coach at Montana Tech. He also served as strength and conditioning coach at UNLV from 1993-2005.

Mark Philippi won the title “America’s Strongest Man” in 1997. He went on to represent the United States in the World’s Strongest Man finals.

Mark and Tracey Philippi currently run the Philippi Sports Institute in Las Vegas.

The 5-foot-10, 220-pound Marc Philippi will wear UNLV’s Battle Born Jersey No. 36. The jersey is awarded to a Nevadan who best exemplifies the spirit of the 36th state to join the union and the “toughness and pride of Rebel football.”

It is similar to the tradition of the No. 37 jersey at the University of Montana, where Hauck was the head coach before being hired by UNLF in 2009.

Marc Philippi, whose position coach is former University of Montana defensive coordinator Kraig Paulson, helped lead Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas win three straight state titles while compiling a record of 43-3.

He was first-team All-State in as a junior in 2010 and second-team All-State in 2001.

After a redshirt year in 2012, Philippi earned his first Rebel letter in 2013. He played in all 13 games, recorded a sack and registered 12 tackles. Philippi was named the team’s Co-Special Teams Player of the Year.

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