WORTH NOTING: One of a number of talented tight ends on the roster ...teams with Tom Santi and Jonathan Stupar to give UVa one of the nation's best tight end groups ...joins Fontel Mines and Deyon Williams as active Cavaliers who scored a touchdown on his first career reception.
AT VIRGINIA: 2005-Appeared in every game, including starts against North Carolina, Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech when the team started in a two-tight end set ...good blocker who also played on the kickoff return team and the kick scoring unit ... played only special teams in the first two games ...saw his first action from scrimmage in the Duke game ... the first catch of his career was good for a 12-yard touchdown as he bulled his way into the end zone for the score ...the touchdown came on just the second play from scrimmage ...caught a 15-yard pass later in the game ...started for the first time against North Carolina ...lettered.
HIGH SCHOOL: Talented two-way player at tight end and defensive end for coach Will Fields at Bath County HS ... considered the 24th-best tight end nationally by CollegeFootballNews.com and ESPN.com, and 30th by Scout.com ... 3 stars by Scout.com ... 87th on Scout.com's East Hot 100 list ... listed as the No. 15 player in Virginia by SuperPrep, 16th by Scout.com, 21st by TheSabre.com and 24th by Rivals.com ... listed 16th among players in Virginia by the Roanoke Times and 24th on the Charlottesville Daily Progress "Gold List" ... named first-team All-State tight end as a senior when he caught 40 passes for 714 yards and five touchdowns ... Roanoke Times All-Timesland tight end and region defensive Player of the Year his final year ... first-team All-State at tight end and second-team as a defensive end as a junior ... caught 25 passes for 495 yards and six touchdowns in just 10 games that season ... finished his career with 87 receptions for 1,513 yards and 16 touchdowns ... defensively he had 324 tackles, including 90 for loss and 42 sacks ... also a standout in basketball and baseball ... three-time All-Pioneer District honoree in both sports ... All-State and MVP in baseball in 2004.
PERSONAL: John Matthew Phillips ... born 6-11-87 in Lowmoor, Va. ... son of Susan and Gene Phillips ... has an older brother Jake, who is the starting quarterback at William & Mary ... cousin Scott Perkins also played football for the Tribe (1985-88).
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A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.
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