"I think the bowl game is just motivation and it is a culmination of a great season we have had and something we can build on for the future," Phillips said.
"I'm just blessed and thankful to be in this position. It is going to be an adventure and an experience I will never forget."
In addition, Phillips is like everybody else in that he is looking forward to watching Ka'Deem Carey and Andre Williams match up.
"It is going to be a clash of the running backs definitely," he said. "Having two high powered players like that in your backfield definitely helps your team win, so it's going to be a fun game for everybody to watch."
Phillips has grown in a lot of ways since the start of the season, but the biggest may be that he is simply more comfortable.
"Settling in and settling down," Phillips said. "I have played in games, the high stressful games, like Oregon, UCLA, ASU, games like that. I think I just settled in and now I am back to playing football."
He is quick the point to his teammates and coaches as reasons why he was able to do that.
"The older guys and the coaches have definitely made it easier than it could have been at other programs, so I am thankful for that," Phillips said. "I think it is just the chemistry between all the players makes it all easier.
"Learning the plays and things like that was probably Terrence Miller, but then also having Samajie Grant playing a lot as a true freshman. Being on the road together and being roommates made it a lot easier."