The weather will improve. Phillips is exactly what BYU needs. Pure speed. He
will be very useful in certain situations. Hang in there Drew,
develop a routine. That is something a mission teaches you. However, Bronco did
not go on a mission so he understands what it is like to be a young talented
football player.Even if Phillips only makes a couple of plays a game
and is a decoy on a few more he will have a big impact by opening things up. BYU is quicker than most think but Phillips is a burner.
Drew is going to be a fun kid to watch in the coming years. He had some funny
video's on the internet when he got recruited and his 400m state championship
video is awesome. This kid has some wheels. He is legit speed. If he gets
away from the first coverage he is going to burn people. I am glad he
doesn't see a problem with fitting in to the lifestyle out here but obviously
the coach is keeping eyes on his young speedster. I hope he can find
a slot and adapt to the Y lifestyle. He seems to have weathered the redshirt
year and is enjoying his time at the Y. Everyone had amazing things to
say about his speed, resilience and his durability. The defense had a lot to
say about how if they did knock him down (and they admitted that was tough to
do) that he would just pop up and say "let's do that again."
By the way, that is not a mis-print or mistake. Despite starting the year
poorly and being 119th of 120...BYU did end the year 24th in total defense.
Thanks to Mendenhall!
I forgot to mention that Joe Dupaix took the slot position at Navy and took it
from being essentially a non contributor to the offense and made it the leading
yardage position. With Drew in the slot other teams are going to have to put
their fastest coverage on him or they will get burned.
If any of you have the time, look up Drew Phillips senior highlight on youtube.
My jaw was dropped the entire time. To be making those kind of plays and
getting those kind of yards in Alabama 5A football is something really special.
This kid could definitely make some huge contributions in 2011,
especially in the return game. It would be nice if Doman could get him in on
some screen plays, sweeps, and maybe even some direct snaps. Even if he is just
used for a change of pace in the offense I think he will be a huge playmaker.
This cougar offense for 2011 is sounding crazy good, I can't seem to
find any position on the Offense lacking in talent, experience, or depth. With
a QB that enormous potential, a quartet of RB's that range from speedy to brute,
Tall, fast, athletic receivers, and a BIG veteran O-line, I think it is
reasonable to look forward to a very good coming season.I am really
excited to see what Doman and Cahoon bring to this very talented offense. Drew, thanks for choosing to be a Cougar! Keep working hard!
I'm excited for Phillips to make his debut this Fall. JJ DiLuigi is my favorite
player but unfortunately he won't be around forever seeing as how this is his
senior year. Drew may end up being my new favorite over the next few seasons. I
kind of look at him as being the next JJ, a quick, athletic kid that actually
brings good speed to the backfield. I'm also excited to see what kind of
versatility he can bring to slot receiver and on special teams. Our kick
returners are solid, but what BYU needs is a really good punt returner. I think
Phillips could fit that well. If not him, then it would be good to see maybe
Jordan Johnson or Kori Gaines if he can come back in the Fall. There are a lot
of talented new athletes at BYU that make me excited to see what they can do.
Re: SLCWatchAnother ironic thing about the BYU defense is they
finished ahead of the Utes in total defense at the end of the year. BYU should
be vastly improved on both sides of the ball in 2011.Go Cougs!
Cougar Claws:In deference to our friends and neighbors I try not to
perpetuate the free for all mud slinging, one-up-manship or harrassment. I try
to stay respectful and let my recommendations on the D-news and the
"likes" on the Tribune reflect what I am trying to present as a sports
fan.Utah finished 27th overall and that is very respectable in the
nation. They played many of the same teams and because both teams were one play
away from winning their head to head match it's not worth demeaning one team
over another.I am a Utah Graduate. I am a 30 year season ticket
holder at the Y. I know people at both institutions. I enjoy the college game
because you see improvement from walkons, 2 star recruits, and neophyte coaches.
You see a team come together and that is...wonderful.Enjoy!
Cougar Claws:Bye the way. I got to meet and talk to JJ Diluigi last fall
at a Skyline game he came to with Matt Marshall. I found him to be a humble,
delightful and extremely respectful person. He talked with my wife and was very
respectful addressing her as Ma'am and answering her questions sincerely and
graciously. He is a credit to BYU and incredibly pleasant. Most of these young
men who play in the state of Utah are good, decent and respectable young men. I
flew down to the UCLA game with Justin Sorenson before he came to the Y in the
row behind us and he also displayed excellent manners, friendly conversation and
is now a credit to his team at the Y. That's why I love college sports...there
are some prima donna's but most are truly excellent young people that are fun to
I can't wait to watch Drew Play! I hope he and J.D. return kicks, and he gets
at least 3-5 offensive touches a game (this first year) out of the slot position
and in the back field! I read somewhere his nick name in high school was
"Show Time" and would love to see him earn that nick name this season
as a Cougar!Drew thanks for choosing BYU, and you have fans all over
the country who have never even see you play yet, but are excited to see you
play! Keep working hard!
I sure hope this kid makes it and becomes a contributor on the field. Seems
like BYU has guys fall to the wayside every year due to academics, lifestyle,
frustration with playing time - whatever. (This is no different than every
other college program, BTW.)Hang in there Drew and good things will
happen. The cream always rises to the top!
Love this kid, hope he works hard to earn his spot on the field.
Hmm, you would think a kid from Alabama with 4.3 speed would draw a few sniffs
from a SEC team instead of the likes of Tennesse Martin, Central Michigan and of
course BYU.I'm quite confident that all the Southern BCS teams had
the opportunity to take a good hard look at this kid.Something just
doesn't add up.
Drew is going to be a very, very good player for BYU.Look for some
punts and kickoffs to be taken to the house this year, courtesy of Drew
Phillips.This isn't your typical BYU team anymore. They've got
speed and athleticism to rival any team out there.
BYU sounds good, but let's not get carried away. While they are getting faster
and more athletic, they can't rival the speed, athleticism, and size of the kids
playing in the SEC. Nobody rivals the SEC, because nobody else is able to pay
their players as much (or able to get the NCAA to turn a blind eye as well).With that in mind, BYU beating Ole Miss in Oxford would be a huge
This young man is awesome, watch his highlights. You have to understand the
football fever and committment they play with down south. He seems to be a great
find, and will be a contriutor and provide some excitement. Hope all works out
for him.Would like to get a kid like that at USU. We are getting
there, some early finds hopefully a great year for the aggies.
Drews roll will be to be awesome and scoring tons of TDs. He will dominated and
be one of the best ever before he even leaves.
I am absolutely no judge of skill and talent. But I just watched Drew's senior
year 2009 highlights. It was fun! Several times he lowered his shoulder and
drove into the defense, pushing forward another 5 yards. Numerous times he flat
out left the defense in his wake! If there is a way let him contribute, I'd
love to see what he can do at this level for the cougs. Good luck, Drew!
I hope this kid finds some playing time. I watched footage last year on him-
and his speed and style reminded me of the way Marshall Faulk would find an
opening and be gone. He has pull away speed.Super fun to watch!
"Several times he lowered his shoulder and drove into the defense, pushing
forward another 5 yards'Granted I have no interest in looking at the
kids vidio, but you have to question the talent of said defense if a 5'10 160lbs
kid can push forward for 5 yards.Like I said, If this kid from
Alabama was the real deal he'd have offers from SEC teams. I wouldn't be
suprised if he heads back to Tennesse Martin.
we get your point hedge. your post was read. you don't have to repeat in another
post. Or are you waiting for a response. You got one.If the player is not
in red than you question the abilities. If you don't want to watch the kid's
video, than don't post.
@HHog, Also recruited by: Florida State, Michigan, Alabama, Cincinnati,
Illinois, Louisville, North Alabama, Stanford, SMU, Central Michigan, Utah and
Wyoming.You're right, not a very impressive class. Thanks.
I can see Drew getting some valuable experience this year behind McKay and JJ
and being a starter next year in the slot or the running back who can get to the
edge. Drew has some wheels. McKay and Drew seem like perfect
prototypes for BYU's slot position. And with Apo and Hoffman at WR drawing a
lot of attention, there will be plenty of opportunities for the slot receiver to
make some big plays.I'm counting down the days to September 3.
I hope he gets his grades in order and back in Bronco's good side I would love
to see him in the slot. And it would be great for him to play at Mississippi.
If he dosn't get a chance to play and all him friend and family are there I
think it would be sad.
RE: CougFaninTX dito September can't get here fast enough
"Also recruited by: Florida State, Michigan, Alabama, Cincinnati, Illinois,
Louisville, North Alabama, Stanford, SMU, Central Michigan, Utah and
Wyoming."Walter,Can you sight your sources? Clearly
not Rivals, ESPN or Scout.... maybe cougar board?I'm with you that
the kid was interested in the likes of alabama and FL. St....but the interest
@wedgieWell we'll worry about who recruited our 5th string rb/slot
receiver while you concern yourself with who recruited your pathetic starting
qb. His list of schools after his services is a veritable list of who's who of
small time programs and jr. colleges.Of course the results he has
produced show us why that is. But then he is the actual starter at utah while
Phillips is a hopeful role player at BYU.LOL
I am consistently impressed by how well Bronco "gets it." Talent is a
great contributor to success, but the internal game whether in sports or in life
is the game you have to win in order to find your greatness. Drew has talent,
no doubt. Like all of us, if he wants to become great, he must develop supreme
internal strength and discipline. I believe that the BYU coaches
understand this and will help him to reach his potential. As a result, Drew
will contribute to BYU football, but more importantly, he will leave BYU a
Any young man that is a decent Alabaman and a Christian is welcome at the Y. My
ancestry comes from the great state of Alabama and Drew is right about the
weather, hot and hotter with plenty of humidity. Good luck Drew with the
academics and study hard to stay eligible. Speed doesn't help if you're
sidelined by your study habits. I struggled my freshman year but after that I
excelled and went on to graduate school. So, keep learning the system and stay
healthy and one day we'll see "show time" running away from the
defenders for another Touchdown.
Hedge; as usual your posts are dripping with jealousy and insecurity. I
was 165 in high school and played full back. I was frequently able to lower my
head and drive for 5+ more yards after the initial hit. It is High School!As for Drew; he will be frustrating U for the next 4 seasons. I predict BYU
will go 4-0 against Ur team the next 4 years. Mark it down!Maybe one of
the backs from Ur school can win a spot on the Y's scout team now that Drew is
"your pathetic starting qb. His list of schools after his services is a
veritable list of who's who of small time programs and jr. colleges."Ducky,Sounds like your lashing out and with that... making
things up. Once again, I'll need you to sight your source(s). Rivals,ESPN and
Scout don't list any jr. colleges? ( cougar board maybe?).Truth is
Wynn had commeted to Colorado (BCS) before Utah won him over.Triva
time:What conference is Tennessee Martin in...Gulf
Why is the word "sniff" so popular with Ute Trolls? I think they just
cut and paste each other's comments.This kid sounds great. I'm glad
Coach Mendenhall changed his perspective on his red shirt year so he saw it as
an opportunity to grow and develop. I thought it was interesting what he said
about BYU being similar to what he knew and did at home because he is a
Christian. Ty Detmer said the same thing when he first got to the Y. It's nice
to see those similarities in the various denominations of the Christian faith.
Good luck on a great year Phillips. I'm looking forward to watching
@wedgieAnd remind us again of all the schools after the majority of
utahs recruits? I see jordan wynn was recruited by san jose state, unlv and
Just watched his 2009 highlights. He looks bigger than he is. Man can this kid
run. Smart and very fast! He played D back and threw some nice passes out of a
wildcat. Fresnogirl; the word sniff is popular with the trolls
because everything they post smells of obsession, jealousy, insecurity and
ignorance . The only thing you don't get a sniff of in their comments is class.
Whatever you pay attention to, you get more of.Please, folks, pay
attention to the positive comments. Ignore the trolls.
hedgehogWhy are you still trolling blogs of such a mediocre, small
potatoes, independent? You would think that a fan of a "major
conference" school would have better things to do.Can't wait to
see Phillips bust a big return against the mighty Utes!
Hedgie etal. What are your sources, Rivals you pay to get into, so what.The more the trolls attack someone, the better he must be. This kid has
got to be good or they would ignore him altogether. Looking forward to seeing
him get some reps.
I am reading all these posts about who was recruited by what school and what
conference they come from and that's not what it's all about. Granted, for the
most part the best athletes go to the bigger schools, but we all know where the
greatest reciever of all time went (mississippi valley state). Doesn't mean I'm
comparing Phillips to Jerry Rice, but I am saying that any kid that had that
much success in Alabama with 4.4 speed is worth taking a look at.
"I see jordan wynn was recruited by san jose state, unlv and idaho.
LOL"Ducky,Again, I must ask for your sources. Back to the point. I'm sensing BYU is and has been very desperate for
speed. So much so that they've "reached" a bit with some Gulf South
talent. But hey, mabye he is the next Jerry Rice.
Nice article on the kid...certainly holds in reserve any prospects of him having
a profound impact on the team. I like the fact that the article reserves that
reconition for performance on the field. I can only imagine that it must be
frustrating to have been so prominent in H.S. while looking at only limited
action at the college level. However, Hedgehog and Ernie Bass (who are kind of
half-empty kind of guys) certainly do their part to stifle the aspirations of a
young student-athlete. Should be another fun year for football in the state of
Utah at all the major institutions.
RE: hedgehog"where are your sources?"It took
me 30 seconds to google "drew phillips recruit" which linked to Sand
Mountain Report, the local paper for Boaz, AL. It said that Phillips
"received scholarship offers from Wyoming, Idaho, SMU, Central Michigan,
Louisiana Tech, Samford and Tennessee-Martin. Other schools who expressed
interest in him were Illinois, Louisville, Birmingham-Southern, Jacksonville
State, Memphis, Central Florida, Mississippi State, Florida State, Stanford,
North Alabama, UAB, Troy, Utah and The Citadel." It took
another 30 seconds to google Jordan Wynn. Rivals website quotes Wynn himself
saying that "I ended up with scholarship offers from several schools:
Colorado, Colorado State, Iowa State, Utah, New Mexico, and San Diego State.
There were various schools that were very close to offering, but I made my
decision and am very confident with it."Who had more interest
and the better offers? Wynn, of course, he was a much higher profile recruit.
Who can actually look up sources for discussion board material?... I'm looking forward to seeing what Phillips can do. He's fast and is a great
4th or 5th option for the offense. Go Cougs!
The LA Angels' center fielder Peter Bourjos was called "The fastest white
guy I've ever seen" by Tory Hunter. Bourjos' nickname should be
"Dash". All-Star center fielder Tory Hunter moved over to right field
to make room for Bourjos in center. With Veron Wells in left, the Angels
probably have the best outfield in baseball. Bourjos is jaw-dropping fast on the
base paths, too. A deep drive to the wall will see Bourjos at third. He can beat
almost any throw. And he can hit, too. He might be a game-changer.The addition of a real burner with skills can make a huge difference in a lot
of ways. I'd like to see Drew Phillips in the slot and see what he can do. End
arounds? Going long? Can he stay in school? Lots of questions, but if he's as
fast as people say he is, and if he has the skills, he could be a game-changer,
hedgehog | 9:23 a.m. April 1, 2011Do you remember that few people
had an interest in Eric Weddel or Jimmer Fredette? Or was your comment just an
April Fool's joke?
Blue husky:It's a small thing but his name is spelled Torii Hunter.
I went to You Tube and watched Phillips, Quezada, Shaky Smithson and Gayle
Sayers. Phillips reminds me of Sayers. He flows. He has moves and
timing. He can hit and catch. He is also fast. One of the top 3 or 4 fastest HS
runners in AL for 2009. Quezada looks like a football player and a
good one. Phillips makes Shaky Smithson look slow. Sorry
Utes. Hit the books kid. You may be undersized by you can play.
The SEC would have been all over this kid if he is as good as he is pro-ported
to be. I agree with Hedegie ( Wow I almost threw up in my mouth ) noway they let
an all star, blue chipper out from under there collective thumbs. I for see home
sick country boy heading back down south, but then again miracles do happen look
at Jimmer he was over looked and passed over, so maybe he grows up and becomes
an all american. I guess he could ask James Lark, Riley Nelson and
Munn's he will find out that being a return missionary gets you a 2ND, 3rd and
4th string position. Thats right if you serve then be prepared to not be a
starter, but at least you are paraded out at fire sides. Gotta keep
up the impressions and the church school facade. Really, come on BYU
you gotta walk the walk and talk the talk either you are "different"
or you are like all schools that need blue chippers. Gotta pick one or the
other. No fence sitting !
@Big Hapa The SEC has the same kind of speed but with more size.
Phillips will fit in fine in BYU's offense. You can't teach the speed or the
timing. It is just there. On the mission, I am not even sure he is
LDS. It sounded like he might be non denom or Baptist based on his comments
about BYU standards and adjusting to BYU. Why the bitterness on the
mission? There are a lot of BYU players who served and came back to
start and eventually go to the NFL. Not all the BYU athletes are
going to go on a mission. Each situation is different. If you can't serve a
mission you can help in other ways. If BYU wins on national TV it is
Wow I watched the You Tube moves and this kid he is tremendous. The videos show
off his slippery and shifty moves he has the skills.Regarding the
mission question, the school is known for being " Different " and
what makes the school and the sport's programs different, when you break it all
down, it is the 19 year old obedient man that hears the word of the Lord from
his Prophet and listens and obey's, not that he fully comprehends the decision
to serve but he goes faithfully. He puts the world on hold for 2 years and
looses himself in the work. It makes me wonder about the message
Heaps and others who have no desire to serve have when they a paraded out in
fire sides ? Is it packed full of made up platitudes, or real faith promoting
statements ? I wonder, do say " Hey when you are blue chip player god will
look the other way. You are correct, Drew is not a member, but what
is the message sent from those who are members who do not fallow there Prophets
call ?Walk and talk gotta match-up ?
Big Hapa Phillips isn't even a Mormon. Read the article before going of on a
tangent or even worse actually thinkng you agree with wedgie about something.
Just the fact he posts tells you he is wrong.
It's amazing how some are fans of a kid they've never seen play while others
seem to try & discredit everything about him.#1 - Rivals, Scout, ESPN,
etc - they evaluate players based on combines, camps, coaches, etc. If a recruit
doesn't attend these or have anything submitted for evaluation there's nothing
compared to a recruit who attends several & gets their name out. At
Michigan..Rivals was following a recruit but when they left they knew who Drew
was...Michigan's RB Smokehouse Challenge Champion. Michigan didn't need Drew
..they had a RB/QB in Robinson. Oh and it's funny they came to the MWC for U of
M background..Coach Hoke!!! #2 - SEC teams did offer but Drew along with
his family chose what was in his best interest. Here in SEC country they recruit
"smashmouth" RB's which is what Drew is not, plus how many SEC RB's
are Drew's ethnicity? He is not LDS but wanted to be a part of something special
so BYU was the fit for him.#3 - Yes he ran a 4.3, was State Champion in
the 400m & 4x400 relay, is 6' and weighs 178.
MyCoug2011,What SEC team offer him a scholarship? can you provide a
hedgehogSince we're speaking of sources, who is the mysterious
source you and Chris B. keep referring to when speaking of an alleged dinner
between Rose and Hill? And give me an actual person who would be in a position
to know, not just a rumor-mongering blogger.
hedgehogTennessee, Miss St. and Alabama with Alabama coming back
later saying he would have to gray shirt for the first semester per his high
school coach. Auburn invited him down but previous engagement prevented him
from going. Once he committed to BYU before his Senior year school backed off.
The family was told had he not committed so early he would have had more offers
especially after his record breaking Senior year.
Gotta love the comic routines of some of your comments. It will be truly
interesting to see what he does. Just because some of the
self-annointed schools did not seek him out does not mean he does not have
talent. Let us judge him on performance, not what many of the couch potato QB's
and self-appointed coaches determine his fate. Drew get your grades
up, because without good grades you ain't playing at all, regardless of how fast
you are or how shifty you are.
I know that Drew is not LDS, I stated that in the blog. What I did say is what
do players like Drew think when you are attending a school that talks of
Prophets speaking the word of God and sees the walking away from that word when
you are a starting QB, RB etc.That is my point talking the talk and
walking the walk must be the same or you simply loose credibility. Remember what
does it profit a man if he gains the world but looses his soul.
Mycoug,A lot of words but nowhere did I see the words
"offer" and "SEC" in the same sentance.Again,
Phillips recieved offers fromTennesse-MartinCentral
Big HapaI have no doubt that Drew, like some others of us should,
doesn't spend his time judging others. I'm sure he realizes personal decisions
are just that and judges people based on their behavior towards others rather
than whether or not they live up to the expectations of people that don't even
HedgehogYou don't see it in writing because it wasn't published. He
was also offered by Samford, SMU, Jacksonville State but evidently you are
seeing something that doesn't include them either. Let me guess you are reading
something on Rivals or Scout? If that is the case FYI they never followed Drew
and never updated anything on him. Do you have a specific problem with Drew or
something? You don't see anything about all the teams who showed interest in him
either. You definitely aren't his parent so therefore do not know what all
transpired with his recruiting process.Drew does not judge people on
expectations as most people can't live up to them. Drew also knows it is not
our job nor duty to judge others as we are to love each other as God loves us.
Personal decisions right or wrong have an outcome. It is how you react to the
outcome that makes us or breaks us and defines who we are.
Duck hunterI do not expect anything from anyone, people are free to
do whatever they choose. I am confident that we all, including myself, man up
one day it is inevitable. Our credibility, integrity and self
confidence grow from our lessons learned in life. That's it, no more no less we
choose and live with the consequences of those choices, nothing unusual or
profound here just mere consequences, that's it.I think Drew made
the correct choice to be a Cougar, after watching the You tube clip's he is the
slippery, shifty complement to the "O" when DiLuiggi is out. I am
excited to see him run back punts & kick off returns. Anyway,
Rise and shout Duckhunter
MyCoug2011, thank you so much for your comment. People can be really insensative
sometimes, and it is frustrating. This is one Cougar fan who donates a lot of
money to the program and feels it a pleasure to have Drew in the program. What
an honor to have him associated with BYU.
Hedge, why don't you put 2 and 2 together and figure out that MyCoug2011 knows
what they are talking about because they are much closer to the situation than
you could ever be. Ann Arbor is a long way from Boaz, Alabama.
Hedgehog...Although I often laugh at your posts, as they can be quite
entertaining, I would greatly appreciate it if you would consult a dictionary
before posting. You "cite" a source, are "desparate" for a
quick runningback, and need to be "committed" to your own boards, not
ours. In the end, BYU will have a far better football season next year in
comparison with Utah. It will feel like basketball season for you all over