Oct. 22, 2007
Cullowhee, N.C. -
On the strength of his third double-digit tackle outing of the season, Western Carolina junior linebacker Quinton Phillips was today named the Southern Conference's Defensive Player of the Week by the league office. Phillips led the Catamount defense with a career-best 20 tackles last Saturday against The Citadel.
Phillips' selection marks his second of this season and the fifth time a Catamount football player has been recognized by the conference including four-straight from late-September through early October. Junior place kicker Jonathan Parsons earned back-to-back Special Teams Player of the Week honors on Sept. 17 and 24, with Phillips garnering Defensive Player of the Week accolades on Oct. 1 and quarterback Adam Hearns being named Freshman of the Week two weeks ago (Oct. 8).
Phillips, who transferred to WCU prior to this season, holds the top two individual tackle performances in the SoCon this season. In addition to his 20-tackle day against The Citadel, the Charlotte, N.C., native also had a 19-tackle performance at Georgia Southern earlier this year. Phillips added a tackle for loss against The Citadel as the Catamount defense limited Bulldog quarterback Duran Lawson to 199 yards passing marking the first time since November of last year an opponent had held the senior under 200 yards through the air.
Overall, Phillips ranks second in the SoCon with 84 tackles, averaging 10.5 per game, which also ties him for 17th in all of NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) football.
The Catamounts host nationally-ranked Wofford on Thursday night in a nationally-televised game to be broadcast on ESPNU (check local listings for availability). Kickoff from E.J. Whitmire Stadium / Bob Waters Field is set for 7:30 pm.