HONORS 2011 - On the John Mackey Award watch list ... Phil Steele's preseason All-ACC fourth team. 2010 - Finalist with his brothers Andrew and Paul for the Orange Bowl Courage Award.
AT VIRGINIA 2012 - Appeared in all 12 games and made two starts ... started his first game against Wake Forest and the second at Virginia Tech ... had eight catches for 47 yards on the season ... key blocker in the rushing game ... caught two passes for 10 yards against UR ... an illegal shift negated a 20-yard reception against Penn State ... also made catches against Louisiana Tech, Maryland, Wake Forest, NC State, Miami and North Carolina. 2011 - Started the opener against William & Mary and injured his foot/ankle on the game's sixth play ... missed the IU, UNC and Southern Miss game due to the injury ... returned to the field against Idaho and made nine starts in 2011 ... made first catch of the season at Maryland ... caught two balls for seven yards against Auburn in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. 2010 - Appeared in all 12 games in 2010 ... made 10 starts ... earned his second letter ... scored his first career touchdown on a 17-yard pass from Michael Rocco against VMI ... made 18 catches for 155 yards and three TDs ... made a career-high four catches for 31 yards at Boston College ... scored TD receptions against Florida State and No. 22 Miami ... grabbed three catches for 28 yards against the No. 22 Hurricanes ... made two catches at Georgia Tech and against North Carolina. 2009 - Started six of the 12 games in which he appeared ... earned his first letter ... second tight end option ... caught five passes for 34 yards ... returned one kick for nine yards against Georgia Tech ... season-high two receptions for 20 yards against Georgia Tech ... first career reception came against Yellow Jackets ... made his first career start at North Carolina ... also appeared in 121 plays on special teams. 2008- Redshirted.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL Good sized tight end in a run-oriented offense for coach Dan Paro at Georgetown Prep ... ranked as the country's No. 88 tight end by Scout ... listed as the No. 20 player in Maryland by Rivals ... the No. 21 player in the Mid-Atlantic by SuperPrep and No. 26 by Scout ... 2 stars by Rivals and Scout ... 13 receptions for 220 yards a senior ... second-team all-state defensive lineman as a senior ... also earned first-team All-Sentinel and all-conference honors as a tight end ... all-conference as a junior after catching 11 passes for 185 yards and one touchdown ... made 47 tackles, including eight sacks that season as well ... also competed in hurdles, discus and shot put on the track team ... full name is John Colter Phillips ... born in Washington, D.C. ... son of Janet and Bill Phillips ... his father played football at Evansville, while his mother was a swimmer at Catholic and is a competitive equestrian ... a direct descendant of Lewis and Clark expedition guide John Colter ... has three brothers-Andrew, a former All-Pac-10 offensive lineman at Stanford, Paul, a sophomore tight end at Indiana, and Willy, who attends St. Anne's-Belfield in Charlottesville.