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97 Days to
Toledo: K Brad Phillips

Written by Nick de la Torre, May 26, 2013, 0 Comments,
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Over the next 97 days, GatorCountry will preview the players that make up the 2013 Florida Gators football team as we inch closer and closer to the season.

Each day we will count down using the player whose jersey number corresponds with how many days there are left until Florida kicks off against Toledo in the Swamp on August 31.

Today we take a look at senior kicker Brad Phillips.

History

A Gainesville native and Buchholz high school graduate, Phillips was a member of the National Honor Society in high school and played soccer for most of his life before enrolling at the University of Florida in 2010.

Phillips handled kickoff duties as a freshman in five games before a hip injury sidelined him for the rest of the season. As a sophomore, Phillips connected on 2-of-3 field goal tries with a long on 43-yards against Georgia. Last season, as a junior, Phillips missed his only field goal attempt of the season against Missouri.

Statistics


 
Career Kickoff Statistics
Year

No

Yds

Avg

TB

OB

2010

9

572

63.6

0

0

2011

15

936

62.4

2

0

2012

3

188

62.7

2

0

Total:

27

1,696

62.8

4

0

    

Player Evaluation

Phillips is currently battling redshirt freshman Austin Hardin for the right to replace Caleb Sturgis as the Gators’ placekicker.

Despite having spent the majority of the past three seasons on the bench watching Sturgis, Phillips has more experience than Hardin and is currently leading to win the starting job.

Phillips struggled with his accuracy and consistency in the spring, something he will need to work on if he wants to ultimately earn and keep the starting job.

Phillips has an adequately strong leg – Florida won’t trot Phillips out from 50-plus yards like they would regularly do with Caleb Sturgis – and can be accurate from around 46-yards and in. He could also handle kickoff duties this season.

What to Expect

The battle between Phillips and Hardin should have been decided during spring practice. Unfortunately for the coaching staff, neither kicker was able to pull ahead of the other and the kicking competition will continue into the fall.

Phillips has experience on his side – however little experience it may be – and that is a factor that certainly plays in his favor. Phillips has kicked in some big spots for Florida and knows what it is like to kick field goals against SEC competition.

Expect the kicking battle to go into the season undecided and to see both Phillips and Hardin kicking during games until one of them shows the coaching staff enough to be named the outright starter.

 

 

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About Nick de la Torre

A South Florida native, Nick developed a passion for all things sports at a very young age. His love for baseball was solidified when he saw Al Leiter’s no-hitter for the Marlins live in May of 1996. He was able to play baseball in college but quickly realized there isn’t much of a market for short, slow outfielders that hit around the Mendoza line. Wanting to continue with sports in some capacity he studied journalism at the University of Central Florida. Nick got his first start in the business as an intern for a website covering all things related to the NFL draft before spending two seasons covering the Florida football team at Bleacher Report. That job led him to GatorCountry. When he isn’t covering Gator sports, Nick enjoys hitting way too many shots on the golf course, attempting to keep up with his favorite t.v. shows and watching the Heat, Dolphins and Marlins. Follow him on twitter @NickdelatorreGC

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Over the next 97 days, GatorCountry will preview the players that make up the 2013 Florida Gators football team as we inch closer and closer to the season.

Each day we will count down using the player whose jersey number corresponds with how many days there are left until Florida kicks off against Toledo in the Swamp on August 31.

Today we take a look at senior kicker Brad Phillips.

History

A Gainesville native and Buchholz high school graduate, Phillips was a member of the National Honor Society in high school and played soccer for most of his life before enrolling at the University of Florida in 2010.

Phillips handled kickoff duties as a freshman in five games before a hip injury sidelined him for the rest of the season. As a sophomore, Phillips connected on 2-of-3 field goal tries with a long on 43-yards against Georgia. Last season, as a junior, Phillips missed his only field goal attempt of the season against Missouri.

Statistics


 
Career Kickoff Statistics
Year

No

Yds

Avg

TB

OB

2010

9

572

63.6

0

0

2011

15

936

62.4

2

0

2012

3

188

62.7

2

0

Total:

27

1,696

62.8

4

0

    

Player Evaluation

Phillips is currently battling redshirt freshman Austin Hardin for the right to replace Caleb Sturgis as the Gators’ placekicker.

Despite having spent the majority of the past three seasons on the bench watching Sturgis, Phillips has more experience than Hardin and is currently leading to win the starting job.

Phillips struggled with his accuracy and consistency in the spring, something he will need to work on if he wants to ultimately earn and keep the starting job.

Phillips has an adequately strong leg – Florida won’t trot Phillips out from 50-plus yards like they would regularly do with Caleb Sturgis – and can be accurate from around 46-yards and in. He could also handle kickoff duties this season.

What to Expect

The battle between Phillips and Hardin should have been decided during spring practice. Unfortunately for the coaching staff, neither kicker was able to pull ahead of the other and the kicking competition will continue into the fall.

Phillips has experience on his side – however little experience it may be – and that is a factor that certainly plays in his favor. Phillips has kicked in some big spots for Florida and knows what it is like to kick field goals against SEC competition.

Expect the kicking battle to go into the season undecided and to see both Phillips and Hardin kicking during games until one of them shows the coaching staff enough to be named the outright starter.

 

 

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