"We were not very good on third down last year and that's been a huge emphasis and we did not get off the field today," Phillips said.
He was also disappointed the No. 1 offense did not score more, but his second offense showcased a potential future star — sophomore running back Donald Russell. He had 118 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries, including a 65-yard sprint for a score. He caught two passes for 37 yards, including a nifty 35-yard reception along the sideline.
And he put a crushing block on freshman linebacker Qua Huzzie that prompted a huge response along the offensive sideline. "Donald pleased his case. He's building a nice resume about why he should be No. 2 (behind Locke). I told (Jonathan) George he better make his case," Phillips said. "We know Russell can run, but I liked the way he hit Huzzie right in the lips."