Updated: February 1, 2013
2012: Played in all 13 games, making four starts ... Played 222 plays, including 187 at fullback and 35 on special teams ... Started and saw action on 14 offensive snaps at fullback in the win over Georgia Tech ... Was in on 19 plays against Austin Peay ... Was in on 11 plays against Bowling Green ... Contributed on offense and special teams against Cincinnati and at North Carolina ... Was in on 13 offensive snaps against Duke and 18 at Clemson ... Was in on 19 offensive snaps at Miami ... Caught two passes for three yards while in on 15 offensive snaps against Florida State ... Played 20 snaps on offense at Boston College ... Was in on 21 offensive snaps against Virginia ... Had a five-yard reception in the overtime defeat of Rutgers in the Russell Athletic Bowl.
2011: Played in all 14 games, starting five at fullback ... Played 173 snaps on offense and 59 on special teams ... Was in on 10 plays on offense and three on special teams against Appalachian State ... Drew a start at fullback at ECU and saw action for 14 plays, including three on special teams ... Carried three times for two yards in the win over Arkansas State ... Worked 11 offensive snaps and three on special teams at Marshall while totaling 20 snaps, including 10 at fullback against Clemson ... Played five snaps at fullback and six more on special teams in the win over Miami ... Started at fullback at Wake Forest, seeing action on nine offensive snaps ... Worked 15 plays at fullback against BC, seeing his second straight start ... Added 16 more offensive plays after starting at fullback at Duke ... Saw action at fullback for 23 plays and on special teams for six plays at Georgia Tech ... Tallied 22 total plays against UNC, including 18 at fullback ... Worked 15 plays at fullback at Virginia ... Contributed three plays at fullback and six on special teams in the ACC Championship Game against Clemson … Caught a 2-yard pass in the Sugar Bowl against Michigan … Earned Super Iron Hokie honors in the spring testing.
2010: Played in 11 games … Finished the season as a starter on the kickoff return team … Saw three plays at fullback in the East Carolina game … Saw brief duty on offense and special teams at BC … Had three plays on offense against Central Michigan … Worked nine plays at fullback in the Wake Forest game … Picked up four plays on offense against Duke and two versus GT … Was in on nine special team plays at UNC and four at Miami … Had two plays at fullback and two on special teams against Virginia … Had a 430-pound front squat, a 370-pound clean and a 35 1/2-inch vertical jump on the way to Super Iron Hokie honors during the off-season … Caught two passes for 22 yards in the Hokies’ second spring scrimmage … Suffered a significant ankle sprain in the final scrimmage and missed the Maroon-White game … Named to the 2010-11 ACC Academic Honor Roll.
2009: Traveled and dressed for the Alabama game, but did not see action … Led the running backs with a 341-pound clean on the way to Super Iron Hokie honors during off-season testing … Caught a pass for 6 yards during the first spring scrimmage.
2008: Worked at fullback during the fall … Had the best 10-yard sprint time among the running backs during off-season testing at 1.65 seconds … Also tied for the best clean (316 pounds) among the backs … Caught a 5-yard pass during the first spring scrimmage … Was in on a tackle on special teams during the Maroon-White game.
High School: A three-year letterman as a linebacker and running back for Dave Crist at Blacksburg … Won second-team all-district honors as a linebacker his last two seasons … Posted 85 tackles and 4.5 sacks as a senior … Blocked two punts, returning one for a score … Had over 50 tackles for loss during his career … Set school records for RBIs and doubles while lettering four years in baseball … Earned all-state honors his final year … Also set a school mark for wrestling wins with 125 over four seasons.
Personal: Joseph McGovern Phillips … Born 7/24/90 in Fairfax, VA … Son of Jay and Kathy Phillips … His dad, Jay, is a former baseball player and coach at Virginia Tech … Graduated with a degree in human development.