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Phillips Named To CBS Sports, The Athletic, PFF All-America


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SALT LAKE CITY – Postseason awards continue to come in for Utah cornerback Clark Phillips III with the Lakewood, Calif., native earning spots on The Athletic, CBS Sports/247Sports and Pro Football Focus All-America teams.

Phillips, a first-team All-Pac-12 selection this season, earned first-team nods from The Athletic and CBS Sports while also being named to PFF’s honorable mention squad. He is Utah’s second first-team All-America selection to The Athletic, joining Julian Blackmon who earned the honor in 2019 and is the Utes’ ninth first-team selection for CBS Sports.

Phillips has started in every game he has appeared in since coming to Salt Lake City (31). He has 10 career interceptions and four pick-sixes, sitting as the only active player in the Pac-12 with four career interceptions returned for touchdowns.

He has 12 starts this season with 24 tackles (2.0 TFL, 1.0 sack) with six interceptions (142 return yards) and six pass breakups. The two-time All-Pac-12 selection is tied for the most interceptions this season among Power Five players (6), also tying for second overall in the country.

His 142 return yards also ranks fourth nationally with his two pick-sixes being the second-most by an FBS player this year. Eleven of his 12 passes defended came in Pac-12 regular season play, also tying for the conference lead.

In Utah’s Homecoming victory over Oregon State this year, Phillips racked up a career-high three picks (one pick-six) against the Beavers, which ties as the most by a Power Five player in 2022. He earned national weekly awards from Chuck Bednarik, Jim Thorpe, PFF and Walter Camp for his performance against Oregon State, also being named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week.

He had a season-high four stops in Utah’s regular season win over USC, also recording his first career sack and two pass breakups. The Lakewood, Calif., native also had an 80-yard interception return for a touchdown at UCLA and an interception and two pass breakups at Oregon.

Clark Phillips III • 2022 Awards & Accolades

  • 2022 All-America (CBS Sports/247 Sports, 1st Team; The Athletic, 1st Team; PFF, honorable mention)
  • Pac-12 All-Conference First-Team (Dec. 6)
  • Jim Thorpe Award Finalist (Nov. 29)
  • Chuck Bednarik Award Semifinalist (Nov. 1)
  • Jim Thorpe Award Semifinalist (Oct. 24)
  • Midseason All-America (AP, CBS Sports, College Football Network, Pro Football Focus, Sporting News, The Athletic)
  • Jim Thorpe Award Player of the Week (Oct. 6)
  • Chuck Bednarik Award Defensive Player of the Week (Oct. 4)
  • PFF Team of the Week (Oct. 3)
  • Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week (Oct. 3)
  • Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week (Oct. 2)
  • Bronko Nagurski Trophy Preseason Watch List
  • Chuck Bednarik Award Preseason Watch List
  • Preseason All-America (AP; Athlon Sports; Phil Steele; Pro Football Focus; Pro Football Network; Walter Camp)

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