East Nashville senior Jacob Phillips became the football program’s first All-American on Wednesday when the Oklahoma commitment received an honorary jersey at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Presented by American Family Insurance Selection Tour.
Phillips, an Oklahoma commitment, has 104 tackles with seven for loss this season. The 6-foot-4, 228-pound linebacker has three interceptions, forced a fumble and recovered a fumble.
“This is like the most prestigious one,” Phillips said of the game, which will be held Jan. 7, 2017 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. “It’s something when I have kids, this game will probably still be around and still have a lot of hype around it.
“This is just a great memory.”
East Nashville (4-6) opens the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association’s Class 3A playoffs at 7 p.m. Friday when the Eagles play at Fairview (10-0).
Phillips, who has played primarily at linebacker this season, admitted that his role may expand in the playoffs.
“With it being playoff time, you have to try everything,” Phillips said. “I’ll be playing receiver, fullback and tight end some.”
Reach Tom Kreager at 615-259-8089 and on Twitter @Kreager.