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Philips Named Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week

Sep 27, 2021
Kyle Philips (Photo: Jan Kim Lim)

SAN FRANCISCO – Kyle Philips of the UCLA football team earned a Pac-12 weekly performance award Monday, nabbing the conference's Special Teams Player of the Week award after his performance Saturday at Stanford.

Philips registered 74 yards on three punt returns in Bruins' 35-24 win at Stanford Stadium. His first of the afternoon went 59 yards, setting up five-play drive that resulted in the day's first touchdown. Philips now has a 19.5-yard career punt-return average on 20 returns.

The redshirt junior accumulated 194 all-purpose yards against the Cardinal, also tallying five catches for 120 yards and a couple of fourth-quarter touchdowns as a receiver. He became just the fourth UCLA pass catcher since 1996 to tally multiple 100-yard receiving games with two or more touchdowns in a season.

Philips was previously named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week on two occasions, garnering recognition after the Bruins' 2019 victories at Washington State and Stanford.