MEDFORD - Tufts University senior Brett Phillips was announced today as one of the 22 players named to the 2017 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District® Team for football.
Recognizing the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom, the Academic All-District™ teams are divided into eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada. To be nominated, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) at their current institution.
Phillips is one of six New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) players selected to the Division III team in District I, which represents schools in Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. He now advances to the CoSIDA Academic All-America® Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be announced in December.
From Wilton, Conn., Phillips is a double major in Community Health and Psychology. Soon to be a three-time Academic All-NESCAC selection (2015-17), he was recently accepted into the Tufts University School of Medicine's Master of Public Health Program. He also serves as Vice President of Delta Upsilon Fraternity at Tufts. Including his captaincy of the Jumbos in 2017, between high school and college he has been voted a team captain three times.
The starter at free safety for head coach Jay Civetti's Jumbos, Phillips returned this season from a shoulder injury which caused him to lose feeling in his arm for six months last year. He did not shy away from contact this fall, finishing fourth on the Jumbos with 50 tackles (36 solo). He also had the first interception of his collegiate career this season at Colby College, where he also forced a fumble that led to a Jumbo touchdown. He made a game-high 11 tackles (eight solo) against Trinity College on October 14.
Phillips was a leading member of a senior class which helped the Jumbos win 22 games during their four years, making them one of the most successful classes in the program's history. More impressively, each of the seniors had committed to the program while it was mired in a 31-game losing streak and helped turn the program around.
The fourth Jumbo to receive CoSIDA's Academic All-District® Award this fall, Phillips joins Dexter Eichhorst and Kevin Halliday from men's soccer and Alessandra Sadler of women's soccer. Phillips' former teammate Alex Kim, an offensive lineman who graduated last May, received the honor last season.