2011 – On the John Mackey Award watch list … Phil Steele[apos]s preseason All-ACC fourth team. 2010 – Finalist with his brothers Andrew and Paul for the Orange Bowl Courage Award.
2012 – Appeared in all 12 games and made two starts … started his first game against Wake Forest and the second at Virginia Tech … had eight catches for 47 yards on the season … key blocker in the rushing game … caught two passes for 10 yards against UR … an illegal shift negated a 20-yard reception against Penn State … also made catches against Louisiana Tech, Maryland, Wake Forest, NC State, Miami and North Carolina. 2011 – Started the opener against William & Mary and injured his foot/ankle on the game[apos]s sixth play … missed the IU, UNC and Southern Miss game due to the injury … returned to the field against Idaho and made nine starts in 2011 … made first catch of the season at Maryland … caught two balls for seven yards against Auburn in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. 2010 – Appeared in all 12 games in 2010 … made 10 starts … earned his second letter … scored his first career touchdown on a 17-yard pass from Michael Rocco against VMI … made 18 catches for 155 yards and three TDs … made a career-high four catches for 31 yards at Boston College … scored TD receptions against Florida State and No. 22 Miami … grabbed three catches for 28 yards against the No. 22 Hurricanes … made two catches at Georgia Tech and against North Carolina. 2009 – Started six of the 12 games in which he appeared … earned his first letter … second tight end option … caught five passes for 34 yards … returned one kick for nine yards against Georgia Tech … season-high two receptions for 20 yards against Georgia Tech … first career reception came against Yellow Jackets … made his first career start at North Carolina … also appeared in 121 plays on special teams. 2008- Redshirted.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL
Good sized tight end in a run-oriented offense for coach Dan Paro at Georgetown Prep … ranked as the country[apos]s No. 88 tight end by Scout … listed as the No. 20 player in Maryland by Rivals … the No. 21 player in the Mid-Atlantic by SuperPrep and No. 26 by Scout … 2 stars by Rivals and Scout … 13 receptions for 220 yards a senior … second-team all-state defensive lineman as a senior … also earned first-team All-Sentinel and all-conference honors as a tight end … all-conference as a junior after catching 11 passes for 185 yards and one touchdown … made 47 tackles, including eight sacks that season as well … also competed in hurdles, discus and shot put on the track team … full name is John Colter Phillips … born in Washington, D.C. … son of Janet and Bill Phillips … his father played football at Evansville, while his mother was a swimmer at Catholic and is a competitive equestrian … a direct descendant of Lewis and Clark expedition guide John Colter … has three brothers-Andrew, a former All-Pac-10 offensive lineman at Stanford, Paul, a sophomore tight end at Indiana, and Willy, who attends St. Anne[apos]s-Belfield in Charlottesville.