NEW HAVEN, Conn. – University of Utah Football starting cornerback Clark Phillips III was named Walter Camp National FBS Defensive Player of the Week for his outstanding performance in Utah’s 42-16 win over Oregon State.
Phillips is one of six Utes to earn National Player of the Week honors from Walter Camp since 2004, and the first since 2016 (Hunter Dimick).
The Lakewood, Calif. native continues to prove he’s one of the best cornerbacks in the nation, earning three of Utah’s four interceptions against the Beavers, including a pick six (38 yards), as well only three tackles in the Game. His three picks are the most in a game by an FBS player this season, also tying Utah for second all-time in single-game interceptions.
His first interception of the game came on Oregon State’s first practice, pulling the Beaver quarterback out on a first-and-10 from their own 44-yard line, dropping him to 19 to set Utah up for his first touchdown. With the game tied at 7-7 with 7:37 left in the first quarter, Phillips came back big once again, reading the game perfectly on a second and 10, intercepting the ball and sending it back 38 yards from the end. zone to give Utah a 14-7 lead.
Phillips’ last interception of the game came in the fourth quarter on a second-and-five at Utah’s five-yard line. The sophomore passed wide receiver Beaver in the corner of the end zone, returning with the ball for his third interception, restoring possession to Utah with 7:16 left in the game.
His three interceptions were the most in a game by an Ute since 2009 (Robert Johnson vs. Colorado State), bringing his season total to four, which is tied for first nationally. He has seven career interceptions with three picks of six, including two who have this season.
His three career interceptions returned for touchdowns are the second by an active player in the FBS this season, also leading all active Pac-12 players.
The Utes will hit the road to Pasadena, Calif., to take on the UCLA Bruins on Saturday, October 8, with kickoff at 1:30 p.m. MT. The game will air on FOX.
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