Place-kicker Phillips coming back
Published: Monday, March 9, 2009 at 4:54 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, March 9, 2009 at 4:54 p.m.
Jonathan Phillips has gone from former Florida place-kicker to current Florida place-kicker with a decision handed down by the SEC on Monday.
The league has granted Phillips a medical hardship for missing basically the entire 2007 season. What it means is Phillips will have a chance to experience a second senior season in 2009.
If it turns out anything like his first senior season, it will be good news for Phillips and the Gators.
Coming into the 2008 season flying under the radar, Phillips had a breakout season and played a key role in Florida's successful national championship run, converting 12 of 13 field goal attempts and 78 of 79 extra points.
In 2007, Phillips played in only one game, kicking off once and converting a PAT attempt in a victory at Ole Miss.
With Phillips gaining an extra year, the Gators will now return all the key components in their kicking game — Phillips, punter Chas Henry and return specialist Brandon James.
Had Phillips not been granted the medical hardship, UF would have had an inexperienced field-goal kicker heading into the 2009 season — true sophomore Caleb Sturgis, who handled kickoff responsibilities last season.
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