He was all over the field Monday night against Florida State. He tossed FSU running back Antone Smith like a rag doll on one play. He was dancing on the field going into the half with teammate Brandon Meriweather and is a player that is turning into the next Ed Reed, Sean Taylor, Bennie Blades and Tremain Mack all in one.
And he's yet, still only a sophomore.
But Kenny Phillips, who recorded six tackles and one for loss, didn't get the one thing he really wanted out of the Florida State-Miami game Monday night.
That was a win as Miami dropped a heartbreaker 13-10 in its season opener. And he's got no explanation for what happened like many ‘Canes in the locker room, but said, the ‘Canes will be alright.
"I don't know what it was," Phillips said. "In the second half, they just wanted it more than we did. We still came out playing hard. We were up feeling kind of comfortable. We relaxed and they just took over."
But for Phillips and his teammates to get where they want to go, relaxation cannot happen in future games because losses are the end result.
However, Phillips is turning into an All-American game-by-game and Monday night gave him the chance to showcase his skills to a national audience.
After Saturday's game against Florida A&M, he'll get another chance to showcase what he can do at Louisville against one of the nation's best passing attacks that's led by junior quarterback Brian Brohm.
"This won't affect us at all," Phillips said. "We know what we're capable of. We just have to play four quarters."
But the offense has to give some production and definitely more than 10 points, because for what it's worth the Louisville offense is far superior to the Florida State offense. It's what Miami was missing Monday night.
"Honestly, we felt if the offense scored one touchdown, we were going to win the game," Phillips said. "We were dominating the game. I really can't explain what happened. We lost focus of what we wanted to do. We kind of relaxed a little bit, but we are going to be alright."
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