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Published: Thursday, March 31 2011 10:49 p.m. MDT

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Bugoff
Houston, TX

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.

SLCWatch
Salt Lake City, UT

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!

SLCWatch
Salt Lake City, UT

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.

-PSUYB-
Scranton, Pennsylvania

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!

Cougar Claws
Lindon, UT

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.

Cougar Claws
Lindon, UT

Re: SLCWatch

Another 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!

SLCWatch
Salt Lake City, UT

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!

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SLCWatch
Salt Lake City, UT

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 watch develop.

Las Vegas
Henderson, NV

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!

Frozen Chosen
Savage, MN

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!

Laser
Iowa City, IA

Love this kid, hope he works hard to earn his spot on the field.

hedgehog
Ann Arbor, MI

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.

jazzbball
Salt Lake City, UT

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.

BP
Salt Lake City, UT

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 accomplishment.

aggieblue
Saint George, UT

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.

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

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.

metamoracoug
metamora, IL

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!

FYI
Taylorsville, UT

@SLCWatch
Thank you!

satch
Highland, UT

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!

hedgehog
Ann Arbor, MI

"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.

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