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Clark Phillips III Named Jim Thorpe Award Player of the Week

Oct 6, 2022

OKLAHOMA CITY – Another day, another national award for Utah Football cornerback Clark Phillips III with the Lakewood, Calif., native earning Jim Thorpe Award Player of the Week honors for his performance against Oregon State.

Phillips was integral to Utah's 42-16 win over the Beavers, coming away with three interceptions and three tackles. This week, Phillips has also earned Walter Camp and Bednarik Award Player of the Week awards, along with being named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week.

His three picks are the most in a game by an FBS player this season, also tying for second-most all-time at Utah in a single-game.

He had two interceptions in the first quarter, picking off the Beavers on their first drive of the game and again on a perfectly read play with a 38-yard return to the end zone. His final interception of the game came in the fourth quarter on a second-and-five, out-jumping a Beaver wide receiver in the corner of the end zone.

His three interceptions was the most in a game by a Ute since 2009 (Robert Johnson vs. Colorado State), bringing his season total to four, which is tied for first nationally. He has seven career interceptions with three pick-sixes, including two that have some this season.  

His three career interceptions returned for touchdowns is the second-most by an active player in the FBS this season, also leading all active players in the Pac-12.

Clark Phillips III • 2022 Awards & Accolades

  • Jim Thorpe Award Player of the Week (Oct. 6)
  • Chuck Bednarik Award Defensive Player of the Week (Oct. 4)
  • PFF Team of the Week (Oct. 3)
  • Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week (Oct. 3)
  • Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week (Oct. 2)
  • Bronko Nagurski Trophy Preseason Watch List
  • Chuck Bednarik Award Preseason Watch List
  • Jim Thorpe Award Preseason Watch List
  • Preseason All-America (AP; Athlon Sports; Phil Steele; Pro Football Focus; Pro Football Network; Walter Camp)

The Utes will hit the road to Pasadena, Calif., to take on the UCLA Bruins on Saturday, Oct. 8, kicking off at 1:30 p.m. MT. The game will air on FOX.
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