Joseph McPhillips from Cullman High School will be a walk-on punter this fall for the Crimson Tide.
"Coach Ross asked me if I was interested in playing football for the
Crimson Tide. I told him in a very confident voice, yes sir, I am," said
McPhillips had thirty punts his junior year averaging forty-three yards a
punt. He also had five field goals with a long of forty-two yards.
"I had a sixty-nine yard punt against Bradshaw which was a school record
and just shy of the state record. Punting is definitely my strength in kicking
but I would also love to work at being a kick-off man," McPhillips replied.
McPhillips is a very versatile athlete and has played football for two years
playing several positions including receiver, kicker and punter. He has also
started for three years as a point guard for Cullman's basketball team.
This year, Cullman High School is looking to win a state championship in
soccer. McPhillips has been a starter for three years and saw his team win the
state championship in 2002, state runner-up in 2003 and hoping to win it all in
In addition to all these sports, "I have also been on a swim team for
thirteen years which helps keep you in shape," McPhillips added.
"I am extremely excited about being on the team (Alabama) with Justin Britt because Britt is my best friend and we can't wait to be on the team
together. Justin and I have been on the same team in every sport except soccer
for sixteen years," McPhillips said.
McPhillips will have the opportunity to shine with a couple of his friends
from Cullman High School when he hits the field in Tuscaloosa. "Justin
(Britt) is a fantastic football player and friend. I'm looking forward to seeing
us both in the crimson jersey. I'm also excited to get a chance to work with
Brian Bostick, because he is a friend of my brother," McPhillips replied.
Alabama was not the only school talking to McPhillips and he said, "I
heard from Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Alabama. The only schools that asked me to
walk-on were Alabama and Vanderbilt. Alabama was the only school I pushed for. I
had no intentions of going anywhere else but Alabama."
McPhillips will get to live his dream this fall. "I cannot wait to get
my career started at Alabama. I'm just so excited to get the chance to work as
hard as I can at the best college in the world, " he stated.
"Alabama has the most tradition of any school and to have a chance to be
a part of that means the world to me. I will do anything to make my dream come
true, which is to play at Alabama and succeed," McPhillips replied.
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