Inoxville, Tenn. (WVLT)-- UT Senior defensive end Kyle Phillips captured the 2018 Piesman Trophy on Monday. He becomes the fourth winner of SB Nation’s award that honors a lineman “who does something truly special with the ball in his hands.”
Phillips won the award for his 27-yard pick-six against Alabama on Oct. 20 inside Neyland Stadium. The 6-4, 273-pounder intercepted a pass by Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts in the third quarter, broke several tackles and rumbled into the end zone for the first touchdown of his career.
With regards to the award ,Phillips says, “On behalf of us big guys out there – offensive linemen and defensive linemen – I’m honored to take the 2018 Piesman Trophy award,” Phillips said. “I would like to thank SB Nation for making this award for us big guys. A lot of big guys don’t get a lot of credit. “
He also thanked Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts for throwing him the football. You can see that video on this page.
Kyle was chosen by a media panel and fan voting among 11 nominees and five finalists added“I would like to thank our fans for voting for me,” It’s been a great ride. Go Vols!” He joins previous winners Ashton Henderson (Southeastern Louisiana), Brian O’Neill (Pitt) and Brock Riggs (Heidelberg).
Recently Phillips selected to play in the East-West Shrine Game. He ranked second on the Vols in sacks (5.0) and tackles for loss (8.0), and finished third in tackles (56), while starting all 12 games this fall. For his career, he finished with 114 tackles, 16 TFLs and eight sacks, while appearing in 41 games with 20 starts.