September 7, 2009
FNL: Andy Phillips
Central Michigan commit and future defensive end Andy Phillips has started his season off strong for the Lansing Waverly Warriors, contributing 15 tackles and a 99 yard fumble return for a TD in an opening week loss to Okemos. Last week Andy followed that performance up with 6 tackles and a sack while playing sparingly against Lansing Sexton. The Sexton Big Reds countered Andy's strong inside presence with the outside running game led by Onaje Miller, a junior and one of the top players in the 2011 class.
Phillips has been hampered by some bumps and bruises this season but continues to play at full tilt and isn't going to let it stop him for his senior season.
"It's football, you have to expect these things to happen and all you can do is play through it, I'm still working at getting better being in games is the way to do that" said Phillips.
Andy plays middle linebacker for Waverly and displays great leadership and intensity which will fit in nicely next season when he joins the Chippewas as a defensive end. Phillips has the kind of constant motor that could make him a force at the next level and while also possessing the drive to succeed and become a better football player. Andy has started to adjust to the outside pass rushing he soon will do in college, shifting down to outside linebacker on some plays and harassing the quarterback.
Andy will be keeping a close eye on the Chippewa football team this season too as he is planning to attend as many games as possible including next weeks tilt in East Lansing.
"Next week I will be in East Lansing for the game, I just got my tickets and I'm really looking forward to it. It should be a great game. I will be also be there for the Friday night game against Northern Illinois" said Phillips
While the 0-2 start isn't exactly what Andy had in mind for the start of his senior year, he knows his responsibility as leader of the team and simply wants to help his teammates improve and get better as the season progresses.
"We are still a young team, but we got to show up for practice and continue to work and get better. There's a lot of season left and I can already see improvements" said Phillips.
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