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Player spotlight: DeKalb Co. QB Lucas Phillips

1:00 AM, Nov. 02, 2012 EDT

DeKalb County quarterback Lucas Phillips. JAE S. LEE / THE TENNESSEAN

Class: Senior

Height: 6-2

Weight: 165

2012 stats: 2,333 passing yards, 40 touchdowns, 65.3 completion percentage (139 of 213), four interceptions, 700 rushing yards, five touchdowns

Recruiting: Tennessee Tech, Brown, Stetson, Murray State and Middle Tennessee State have shown interest.

high expectations

Phillips isn't surprised by the big numbers he's putting up this season. "We have a talented wide receiving corps, a great offensive line and great running backs, but there's always room to improve. I'm not going to say I expected this, but I had a good idea it was going to be there because I trust the offense we have right now. We've all been together for a pretty good while, so the systems are really working right now."

playoff run

DeKalb County has never made it past the second round of the Class 4A playoffs, but Phillips believes this year could be different. "Dec. 1 (Class 4A final) sounds good to me. Freshman year, Coach (Steve) Trapp really implanted Tiger pride in us. Since then, we've kind of lived by it. It's kept us close together. We had almost 11 sophomores starting my sophomore year. We've had our ups and downs, but that's turned us into a solid team."

poteete's influence

Former DeKalb County quarterback Hunter Poteete, a Class AA Mr. Football finalist in 2008, had a major influence on Phillips. "Hunter had a very big impact on not just my football playing, but he was a great role model on and off the field. He really taught me to scan the defense. He was really good with that. He saw holes. Right before they would snap the ball he almost always knew who he was throwing it to. He really worked with me a lot freshman year just learning the offense in general."

favorite target

Will Molander is DeKalb County's leading receiver with 47 catches for 956 yards and 15 touchdowns. "I would consider Will Molander, No. 1, one of the top playmakers in the state. He's a great receiver, an amazing kick returner/punt returner. Defensively, he makes some big plays at cornerback. Offensively, he's a great yards-after-catch guy. I can trust him on a little cross route, and he'll make stuff work. He's the inside slot guy."



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