|14 Travis Phillips|
Sharp Passing Effort, Rush Defense Dominates Second Scrimmage
Appears ready to take next step of career, becoming a full-time member of ECU’s defensive two-deep as a junior … Closed spring drills officially listed as the top reserve at the field cornerback position, but athleticism could result in action on the boundary side as well … Could also continue to contribute significantly to the Pirates’ special teams units … Has played in five career contests and contributed three stops … Offers a multitude of speed, quickness and a certain savvy to the secondary and on coverage teams … Did not record a tackle during the first abbreviated scrimmage (April 9), but tallied three in the Purple-Gold Game on April 16 … Earned a credible “Iron Pirate” ranking during strength and conditioning spring testing period … Rates as one of fastest members of the unit with a 40 time of 4.41 … Power numbers enjoyed a noticeable increase in the last year with a back squat of 440 pounds and a power clean of 275 … Owns a 10’2” broad jump, a 4.15 pro shuttle time and a flex rating of 13, while 6.77 three-cone drill clip ranked among the top 10 percent of the unit … Competed as a member of ECU’s track and field program as a true and redshirt freshman.
2015: Played in four games as a sophomore – Florida, SMU, Tulsa and UCF … Experienced action primarily as a reserve in the secondary, but also contributed on special teams … Credited with three tackles, all solo stops on passing plays … Logged a career-best two hits during Pirates’ 49-23 win at SMU … Posted other tackle against Tulsa in only home appearance.
2014: Made collegiate debut in season opener against N.C. Central at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, but was not credited with any statistics … Did not appear in any other contests the remainder of the year.
2013: Spent true freshman campaign on the scout unit as a redshirt … Signed with the ECU program in February.
High School: Recorded 34 receptions for 858 yards and 10 touchdowns as one of Patrick Henry High School's top pass catchers while also starting in the Patriots secondary on defense in 2012 ... His 25.2 yards-per-catch average ranked second in the Central Region ... Named First-Team All-Central Region (WR) by VirginiaPreps.com and the Richmond Times Dispatch as a senior ... Also earned second-team All-Metro honors as a wide receiver and was a First-Team All-Colonial District by the Richmond Times Dispatch as a defensive back and wide receiver ... Scored at least one offensive touchdown in six of 10 games and posted 100-yard receiving games on five occasions ... Caught a season-long 75-yard touchdown pass against Ashland (Sept. 15) and followed that with a 65-yarder on the way to a six-catch, 142-yard performance against Lee-Davis (Sept. 22) ... Against John Marshall (Sept. 28), caught four passes for 132 yards and three scores (9, 55, 61) ... Hauled in a 55-yard TD pass against Douglas Freeman to cap the night with 138 receiving yards (Oct. 5) ... Posted his second three-score game of the season against Deep Run (Oct. 12) and finished the contest with 138 yards ... Returned a fumble recovery for a touchdown against Thomas Jefferson (Oct. 22) and scored on a 32-yard pass play in the second quarter against Mills Godwin (Nov. 2) ... Also a decorated track and field athlete who turned in personal-best times to place second at the state finals in the 110-meter hurdles (14.03) and fifth in the 300-meter hurdles (39.05) during junior campaign ... Also set a career-best mark in the 60-meter hurdles (8.12).
Personal: Full name is Travis Ridge Phillips … A finance major who has earned ECU Dean’s List and Honor Roll inclusion for excellence in the classroom.