Kenny Phillips came to Miami with the expectations of being the next study safety from the U. Early on he showed that those lofty expectations were valid. He was on everyone’s Freshman All American lists after finishing the year with 88 tackles, three for loss and an interception. As a sophomore, he stepped his game up even more, finishing with 71 tackles, six for loss, and four interceptions despite missing the final three games with a broken thumb. Phillips ended his Hurricane career after three seasons, and went out with 82 tackles, six for loss, and two interceptions.
Phillips has it all. From a physical standpoint, he has everything you want. He has excellent size and can match up with just about anyone in coverage. He also possesses the athleticism, quickness, and speed to fly around the field making plays. He is aggressive, active, and willing to do whatever it takes to get to the football. Phillips is a complete safety as he can attack the line of scrimmage in run support and make plays on the football in coverage. He has also earned All ACC honors for his success in the classroom, so he is getting it done off the field as well.
There is not much to dislike about Phillips’ game. He is a rare safety that can do it all. If you want to pick things apart, he can go for the big hit a little too often instead of making the safe play.
Phillips was one of the first players to declare for the draft, and he is an almost certain to be the first safety selected. He is a playmaker in the secondary, and has all the skills to develop into a perennial pro bowler.