Clark Phillips III earns National Player of the Week honor after three-INT performance
Utah corner Clark Phillips III was named the Walter Camp National FBS Defensive Player of the Week on Sunday for his standout play in Utah’s 42-16 win over Oregon State.
The 12th-ranked Utes bullied Oregon State when the Beavers had the football, producing four turnovers — all of them interceptions. Phillips had three of those, including two in the first quarter.
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Phillips is one of six Utes to earn Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors since 2004, and the first since Hunter Dimick did so in 2016
The Lakewood, California native showed Saturday why he’s considered by many one of the very best corners in the country. Phillips had a pick-six for the Utes’ second score of the day.
His first interception of the game came on Oregon State’s first drive, picking off the Beaver’s quarterback on a first-and-10 from their own 44-yard line, returning it to the 19 to set Utah up for its first touchdown. With the game tied at 7-7 with 7:37 to go in the first quarter, Phillips would come up big once more, reading an out route perfectly on a second-and-10, undercutting the ball and returning it 38 yards to the endzone to give Utah the 14-7 lead. Phillips’ final interception of the game came in the fourth quarter on a second-and-5 at the Utah 5-yard line.
All three highlighted in different ways what makes him such a special player: he wrestled the ball away from the receiver on the first, showed off his prep work pregame on the second, and then showcased his athleticism on the third.
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The three picks were the most in a game by a Ute since 2009 (Robert Johnson). He now has four on the year, which is tied for the most of any player in the country. Phillips now has seven career interceptions with three pick-sixes, the second-most by an active player in the FBS and the most of any Pac-12 player.