Phillips does have the job because he's a SR.
Phillips would not have started for us last year. 1st of all, he was suspended the 1st game and then came back againt UF still didn't start. He played 2nd team against UF. JoJo and Reddick where the starters. After that he got hurt. He probably would have started couple games just because JoJo was so bad but he was not the clear cut starter you are making him out to be. He was severly outplayed in fall practice by JoJo. Have you forgotten how much hype was around JoJo coming into last year?
So what is in Ray Ray's way is a 6th year SR who is coming off a year long injury, struggles with coverages as evidenced by his move from CB and has yet to really play any meaningful time at S for us. And then Vaughn Telemaque who we all expect to be a stud, but he has yet to take a college snap. JoJo had the same hype of Maque going into last year.
Your telling me you don't see meaningful time in that rotation for a physical freak like Ray Ray with the potential to overtake one of those guys if things do go as planned?
And considering Randy Phillips history with the team, sucking at CB, being suspended, injuries. You don't think something will happen to give Ray Ray a shot?
Randy Phillips is the defense version of JJ. He's just not reliable. (and less talented)