Members of the Virginia Tech football program continue to be named to prestigious award watch lists. The latest to land on the radar for a postseason award is senior Cam Phillips
Virginia Tech senior wide receiver Cam Phillips was named to the Biletnikoff Award Watch List on Tuesday, which is an award given to the nation’s most outstanding receiver.
After the departures of wide receiver Isaiah Ford and tight end Bucky Hodges to the NFL, it will be Phillips’ shoes to fill. Phillips has been a very good receiver since his freshman campaign with the Hokies, and hopes to continue his strong play in his fourth season as a starter.
As a consistent contributor to the offense since his arrival in Blacksburg, his place on the Biletnikoff Watch List is a long time coming for the fourth year senior.
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While he has recorded 40 or more catches in each of his three seasons in Blacksburg, his emergence late last season as one of Jerod Evans’ favorite receivers aided Phillips in recording his best season yet at Virginia Tech.
Phillips finished last season with career highs in catches (76), yards (983), and touchdown receptions (5).
In addition, Phillips was the best in the conference at making people miss in the open field, a testament to how dynamic he is with the ball in his hands.
There is no question that Justin Fuente and Brad Cornelson’s offensive system helped all of the receivers in the offense record career years. However, the fact that Phillips put up those numbers while playing with two other All-ACC playmakers in Isaiah Ford and Bucky Hodges is encouraging.
He enters his senior season as the true number one receiver in the offense for the first time in his career, and the sky is the limit for what he can do with more targets than ever before.