Phillip Lindsay finished his junior season this fall with 1,763 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns. He also made more than 100 tackles on defense as a linebacker.
"I was kind of a busy person," he joked. "I didn't get off the field."
The truth is, Lindsay wouldn't have it any other way. He loves playing the game and is very excited about his chances of playing at the next level. Though he is still waiting for his first scholarship offer, he is talking with coaches from a handful of schools through Facebook, which is permissible at this stage in the process under NCAA rules.
Lindsay said he grew up in Denver but wouldn't consider himself a fan of any particular college program. He said he always has followed the local schools but he likes watching a lot of different teams play.
Lindsay says he gets letters from too many colleges to list, but he is talking with Colorado running backs coach Eric Bieniemy, Colorado State head coach Jim McElwain and Boise State graduate assistant Louie Rodriguez most often He said he also has talked with CU coach Jon Embree.p>
"I'm actually pretty excited about all three of them," Lindsay said. "I'll just keep my options open. Right now, I'm just going to wait it out and see."
Lindsay said he attended several CU games this fall at Folsom Field and understands the Buffs are in rebuilding mode. He said he has an excellent relationship with Bieniemy and if he is favoring any program at this stage, it would probably be the Buffs.
At the same time, he understands there is a long way to go before he will be ready to make a decision.
"I'm a real home-state kid right now," Lindsay said. "I wouldn't mind playing for CU."
Lindsay said he likes the campus in Boulder. He said he liked that CU fans remained generally positive even though the Buffs didn't play particularly well in the games he attended.
"It was a cool atmosphere," he said. "It never really felt negative about anything even if Colorado was losing, they weren't really negative. They cheered their teams on and that's what they're going to do."
Lindsay said McElwain made a strong impression on him by contacting him the day after he was hired at CSU. He said that meant a lot to him.
"I was really excited about that," Lindsay said. "He said he is trying to keep all the home-state kids home. He's trying to make that a tradition there."
All three programs are recruiting Lindsay to play running back, Lindsay said.
Lindsay is a sprinter for the Denver South track team and he is preparing for the spring season already. He plans to run the 100-yard dash along with the 4x100, 4x200 and 4x400 relays. He participated in all of those events last year and helped his team reach the state meet. he says he has been timed at 4.48 seconds in the 40-yard dash.
Lindsay says he expects Denver South to have its strongest season next fall as a senior because most of the 2011 team returns. That should help him produce more impressive stats and generate more interest from colleges.