Carroll Phillips Interview

Carroll Phillips – Linebacker – Senior – Illinois

Alex Khvatov:  Tell me about your first day of practice at the Senior Bowl.
Carroll Phillips:  The first day of practice was pretty good.  It was intense.  I tried to come out and make plays.  I wanted to get the technique down.        
Alex Khvatov:  What do you want to prove to NFL teams this week?   
Carroll Phillips:  I am an every down player.  I am good against the run.     
Alex Khvatov:  What are your strengths on the field?
Carroll Phillips:  Speed.  I am a pass rusher.      
Alex Khvatov:  What areas of your game are you trying to improve upon?
Carroll Phillips:  Using my hands better.  Making more plays in the backfield.  Getting off the blocks quicker. 
Alex Khvatov:  Where are you currently training for the NFL Draft?
Carroll Phillips:  At XPE Sports with Tony Villani in Boca Raton. 
Alex Khvatov:  What was the highlight of your career?
Carroll Phillips:  I like sacks.  I get a lot of sacks.  I had 20 TFL’s this season. 
Alex Khvatov:  How did you wind up at Illinois?
Carroll Phillips:  I came from a junior college in Western Mississippi.  I played one-year there.  I went to Illinois.  I played three years there.  I started five games my second year.  I played behind Jihad Ward.  In the offseason, I knew that I needed to get better.  I got bigger, stronger and faster.  I had a mentality and a goal that I wanted to achieve.  I started the whole season as a senior. 
Alex Khvatov:  What is it like to play with your former teammate Dawuane Smoot one last time? 
Carroll Phillips:  It feels good.  We are actually roommates here.  We go over the playbook together.  It is like having a brother with you. 
Alex Khvatov:  Who is the best player that you have gone up against during your career?
Carroll Phillips:  #65 OL from Wisconsin (Ryan Ramczyk).      
Alex Khvatov:  Finish the sentence, Carroll Phillips is….
Carroll Phillips:  Relentless.                

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