The football work paid off just as much as the school work for Phillips.
Greg Wyshynski, senior writer: As a member of the Professional Hockey Writers Association, I’ve been inspired to see how much more involved the voting for the Selke Trophy — given to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game — has become.
Gone are the days of Pick the guy with the best faceoff percentage and Hey, this forward’s plus/minus is super good and I recognize this name and recall him winning previously so … heck, why not, here’s another Selke. Voters are now incorporating advanced stats to determine a player’s usage and on-ice impact defensively, among other factors. Sure, the same guys seem to win the award on an annual basis, but it’s not our fault that Patrice Bergeron continues to be Patrice Bergeron.
Game Tony Esposito Jersey There was some optimism earlier in the week that Bell and the Steelers might come to terms on a multi-year deal ahead of the franchise tag deadline on Tuesday, March 6. But that didn’t happen.
Bell is one of the best running backs in the NFL, and has been since his breakout 2014 season where he earned his first All-Pro nod. He was an All-Pro again in 2017, after getting a league-high 321 carries, 1,291 rush yards and nine rushing touchdowns. He had another productive year receiving as well with a career-high 85 catches, 655 yards (third-best on the Steelers), and two touchdowns. Coming into this season, no player had averaged more yards from scrimmage per game than Bell in his first four NFL seasons.
Ready for this? In addition to playing football, Harrison graduated early with a double major in science of technology and sociology with a minor in education. He was a Pac-12 Academic first team pick, and on the AFCA Good Works Team for his community service work. Oh, and he’s on the board of a program for mentoring at-risk minority youth.
And according to Phillips, school even came second to football where he put in 30 or more hours of film study a week, went to practice Authentic David Rundblad Jersey and even bugged his coaches via text about certain plays.
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Football always comes first, so school’s going to sacrifice, Phillips said at the NFL Scouting Combine on Saturday. That’s just the way it was. School came easy to me. I spent us much time in football as possible. Then I had a process after practice to wind down and to turn off the switch: Watching film, taking notes, texting with the coach.
Last season he had 103 tackles, 17 tackles for a loss and 7.5 sacks. According to Pro Football Focus, Phillips had the best run stop percentage of any interior defensive lineman a season ago. Then on Saturday he topped it all off by leading all defensive linemen with 42 bench press reps at the combine.