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By LARRY VAUGHT
His team lost 42-41 in overtime in the first round of the playoffs after rallying from a 28-0 deficit, but Signal Mountain (Tenn.) quarterback Reese Phillips won’t spend long not throwing the football.
“I am taking a couple of weeks off football, then I am going to start throwing again with guys. Run, same process always gone through. I throw a lot but I have not ever had any shoulder problems. I throw all the time. I guess I have just gotten used to it. I have always thrown with my receivers. They are dedicated and that has helped me,” said Phillips, who threw for over 2,500 yards this season.
He was an early verbal commitment to Kentucky and has not backed off his pledge even though UK fired coach Joker Phillips after a 40-0 loss to Vanderbilt. He even plans to enroll at UK in January to get a head start on his college career.
“Right now I am planning on being there the next semester. It was hard to get everything in order. I am taking online English to graduate, and that was hard during football. But I am about done with it now,” Phillips said.
He said originally he was coming in January because “that is just kind of standard in the SEC” for quarterbacks.
“If you can come, they expect you to come early. But now it will a new staff, new offense. It actually makes more sense now than before because myself and all the other quarterbacks will be on the same competition level,” Phillips said.
“I am ready to get through high school. I love high school, but I am excited for the next stage, the next challenge. My mom is definitely not ready for me to do this quite yet. My dad, the brothers and sisters on his side have gone everywhere but I am the first on my mom’s side to leave for college. That’s a little hard for her.”