In the thick of the competition for the starting quarterback role ... Showed consistent accuracy and poise in practice during his redshirt season ... Coaches intended to redshirt him last season, and although tempted when injuries nagged at the team's QBs, were able to hold him out and preserve the year of eligibility ... Graudated from high school a semester early, in December 2012, and enrolled at UK in January 2013.
2013 (Freshman): Redshirt season. High School: Two-year all-state quarterback at Signal Mountain (Tenn.) High School ... Led team to a 7-4 record as a senior and an appearance in the Tennessee Class AAAA state playoffs ... Completed 172 of 274 passes for 2,274 yards, 15 touchdowns and only three interceptions to earn all-state honors from the Tennessee Sports Writers Association ... District Player of the Year ... Was named the MVP of the Tennessee High School East/West All-Star Classic after going 10-for-10 for 95 yards and a touchdown ... Led the East to a 41-20 win, setting a record for most points in the all-star game ... Solid junior season as a first-year starting quarterback, throwing for 1,895 yards, 21 TDs and four interceptions while completing 71 percent of his passes ... Was named a first-team all-state performer in 2011 by Tennessee Sports Writers Association ... Started at tight end and defensive back as a freshman and sophomore, including sophomore campaign which saw Signal Mountain win the Class AA state championship with a 14-0 record (SMHS competed in 4A during his junior and senior seasons) ... Known for a strong arm and consistent accuracy ... Coached by Bill Price ... "Reese is a very intelligent kid with a work ethic that is tremendous," Price said. "He has a very strong arm and his accuracy is a big plus." ... A two-year all-district performer in baseball, playing shortstop and pitching ... Junior year pitching stats featured a 7-1 record with an 0.85 earned run average, striking out 60 in 49 innings of work ... Honor-roll student and member of the Beta Club Personal: Born in Chattanooga, Tenn. ... Son of Stan Phillips and Elaine Reese ... Reese Phillps' grandfather, Harry, and great uncle, Dick, were members of the football team at Georgia ... Plans a major in media arts and studies. Reese Says ... My nickname is: R Fye ... If I could witness any event, past, present or future, it would be: New York Giants and Patriots Super Bowl ... My go-to song to get ready for a game is: I'm Me -- Lil Wayne ... The coolest thing about UK is: all of the activities ... What's the best advice you've ever received? Don't let anyone tell you that you can't do something.