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Phillips was solid in camp too, but everyone wanted to see what he’d do under pressure, particularly since some of Utah’s previous kickers had succumbed in past situations. But Phillips had that part down, nailing his kicks through the uprights as cleanly as he ripped down a slalom course.
"That second [kick] was tricky," he said. "People think because the distance is short they are easy but it plays into your head. I let my muscle memory take over and just killed it."
Year » Freshman. Ht/Wt » 5-11/210
Hometown » Draper
Of note » Competed on the U.S. Ski Team as an alpine racer from 2007-2011. ... Was the J2 Downhill National Champion in 2006. ... Graduated from the Winter Sports School, a high school for elite winter sport athletes in Park City. ... Both parents graduated from BYU.
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TV » Pac-12 Network
The only difference in the mental aspect was performing in front of more than 45,000 people. Back in his skiing days, Phillips said the ski team was lucky if 100 people turned out to watch them race. The crowd reaction he experienced on Thursday was nothing like he’d ever imagined.
"I hate to say it, but as good as it feels to win a ski race, having my hard work pay off and being appreciated like that was better," he said.
"Kicking is an individual sport in a way too because it’s your own head playing with you out there, but you have the support on the sidelines and the fans and the teammates running out to block for you," Phillips said.
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