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2020 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Quinton Phillips, WR, Carson-Newman

Carson-Newman wide receiver Quinton Phillips has the prototypical body type that the NFL looks for, if he can run fast in his forty watch out.
  • Name: Quinton Phillips
  • • Height: 6’2
  • • Weight: 210
  • • Position: WR
  • • College: Carson-Newman
  • • Twitter: @yeaaqp

Tell us about your hometown, and what you love most about it?

•  I am from Augusta, Georgia where there is a lot of talent in sports.  The city is known for basketball and football where a lot of guys get signed on to play at a college level.  What I like about my hometown is that we are a big family.  No matter what school you play for everyone gives you respect and supports you.  People from Augusta just want to see their own make it.

List these three in order of importance and why: Film Study, Strength and Conditioning and Practice?

•  Strength and Conditioning, Practice, and Film Study.  I pick this order because this been the routine since playing for my middle school.  We condition so that we can be as prepared as possible.  Secondly, we go out and practice to work on our skills and abilities.  Finally, we watch film to see what we need to improve on for the next practice.

What do you worry about, and why?

•  I try not to worry about much.  I try to stay focus on what’s ahead and the next thing to accomplish.  I feel like once you start worrying about too much you miss out on the next big thing.

Give me an example of when you failed at something. How did you react and how did you overcome failure?

•  I failed at getting playing time my freshman year for varsity in basketball and football.  I have made my own decision to bump myself down to JV for my freshman year so that I could develop and be ready for varsity the next three years.  Those next three years I helped lead the team to play for Region championships and in the State playoffs.  I just honestly never stop working.  I put in work for both sports so that I could be as prepared as possible.

What do your teammates say is your best quality?

•  The best quality my teammates said I have is my work ethic and leadership.  I am known as the person who is always trying to find a way to get better by any means.  I am not the typical vocal leader but the type who leads by example on and off the field.  Once my time is done at Carson-Newman I hope that people will see how important it is to have that work ethic on being the best person in the classroom and on the field.

Who is the best player you have ever played against in college?

•  The best player I played against is Davion from Wingate. 

What would your career be if you couldn’t play football? 

•  I would choose to be a football coach at a high school.  So that I can help develop the kids, give them the lessons on how to be a great student-athlete, and help the kids move on to the next level.

Room, desk, and car – which do you clean first?

•  I would clean my room first because it’s all about having a good impression on the type of person you are.  Also, that’s where my friends or even people I don’t know that’s new on the team will hang out at whenever they come over.  Second, I would clean my desk because I like to be organized and know where everything is at.  Finally, I would clean my car because I like other people to how nice my car is.

If there was a disaster and you could either save three strangers or one family member, which would you choose and why?

•  This would be always a tough thing to do.  I wouldn’t want to see anyone losing their lives.  However, I would always go with family first before anything.  I love my family and would do anything to protect them as they did for me when I was young.

If you could be any television or movie character, who would you be and why?

•  I am an Avengers kind of guy.  So, with that being said I love to be the Black Panther.  Having those types of skills would be lovely to have and the ability to be stealthy would be nice.  Also, to have access to all that technology would be cool too.

Tell me about your biggest adversity in life and how you’ve dealt with or overcome it?

•  My senior year of high school I only had one offer from Morgan State University.  However, I lost it by waiting too long to accept the offer because I was waiting for other schools that were visiting me to offer me.  Once I lost that scholarship, I had taken a semester off by going to a trade school and continue to train and develop my skills by the help of Raymond Webber.  I was a bit angry at myself but I was determined to play for a college team.  So, I took it upon myself to email schools, Carson-Newman responded, and offer me to walk-on the team and to work for the scholarship.  I was blessed enough to be put on a full ride by the second season.

What is your most embarrassing moment?

•  Being fingertips away from a game-winning catch.  Didn’t run fast enough for it and as I watch over again and also hear from other people is that I should’ve dove for it.

What was the most memorable play of your collegiate career?

•  The most memorable play of my college career was my first touchdown catch my sophomore.

What song best describes your work ethic?

•  Nipsey Hussle-Dedication

What is the most important trait you can have (Physical or Non-Physical) to help you succeed at the next level? 

•  Physical because in order to be successful in the league you going to need to block and run routes against pro-DBs and you can’t out run most of them you have to be physical to win.

If you could bring one person back from the dead for one day, who would it be and why?

•  My grandmother would be the one person I bring back because she didn’t get to see me grow into the man I am today.  Also, I just flat out miss her.  I loved how she always got the family together for a small cookout and just enjoy each other.

If you were to open a dance club, what would you name it? 

•  I would name it The Playground because when we were all little children we would love to go to the playground and play with kids we didn’t even know.  That’s how I would want my dance club to be just random people having fun with each other and enjoying their time.

Who is the most underrated player in the NFL? 

•  Corey Davis, wide receiver for the Tennessee Titans.

Would you rather be liked or respected, and why?

•  I would rather be respected because not everyone is going to like you and I understand that.  However, people will have no choice but to respect me just by seeing what I overcome and the work I put in to be in the position I am in today.

What player who had his career derailed by off-field issues do you feel for the most and why?

•  Lamar Odom is one of those people for me.  I just hate that he let drugs take over his career and almost his life.  I felt he was a great NBA player and had a bright future.  However, thankfully he learned from his mistakes and trying to become a better man.

Do you love to win, or hate to lose?

•  I hate to lose.  I hate those long sad bus rides back home and having that feeling that I could’ve probably done something different to win the game. 

Who has been the biggest influence on your life and explain why?

•. My mother is the biggest influence in my life.  The ability to raise two children on her own while being an elementary teacher is a strong thing to do.  She sacrifices a lot for me and little brother so that we can continue to chase our dreams.  She means the world to me and the thought of her helps drives me every day to continue to push hard.  Because I know how hard she works to make us happy.

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