It’s not often that a college football player gets two separate stints with the same team. For Shakim Phillips, what was old is new again as he transfers back to the Boston College Eagles for one more season.When Phillips came to Boston College the first time, it was with some fanfare. He was a four-star wide receiver recruit, considered the best recruit in New Jersey for his class and one of the top 150 overall recruits in the nation. He turned down offers from some big names to come to the Heights, including Georgia, Michigan State, and Wisconsin.
When Shakim Phillips got here, the expectation was that he would redshirt. Yet, in 2010, he appeared as a true freshman, making a grand total of one catch for nine yards. Truth be told, I felt bad for Phillips at the time as Frank Spaziani carelessly burned his redshirt mid-season for no reason at all.
As it turned out, one year at Boston College seemed to be enough for Phillips, as he transferred to Connecticut. He sat out the 2011 season, but in two seasons with the Huskies, he made 60 catches for 805 yards, including four touchdowns.
Phillips graduated from UConn earlier this year, and there were rumors that he was leaving the football program. Immediately, his name was linked back to his former team.
ICYMI: Spoke with WR Shakim Phillips last night, confirming his return to #BC for his final year of eligibility
— Rich Cirminiello (@RichCirminiello) June 26, 2014
It’s not often that a player gives a school a second chance, or vice versa. Neither will waste the opportunity, as Phillips will be put to good use.
Shakim Phillips: Fast Facts
- Position: Wide receiver
- Hometown: Paterson, New Jersey
- High School: DePaul Catholic High School, Wayne, NJ
- Measurements: 6-foot-2, 203 lb.
- Class year at 2014 opener: Senior
- BC games played: 4
Shakim Phillips: 2013 Season (UConn)
- Was not on two-deep for 2013 season finale
- Games played: 8
- Cumulative statistics: 28 rec., 406 yards, 3 TD
- Did not appear on Spring 2014 roster
With his experience, Phillips is most likely going to be one of the top receivers for the Eagles this season. The depth he adds is badly needed by this unit and this time, the coaches are not going to waste it.
Shakim Phillips could find himself as one of the team’s leading receivers this year, and one can expect him to be on the two-deep all season long, save for injury.
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