Right now, Reese Phillips is the mystery man of the quarterbacks race. The redshirt freshman has drawn praise from his coaches for his consistency, and to many, appears to be running neck and neck with Patrick Towles for the starting QB spot; however, the BBN doesn’t know a lot about him. Towards the end of Media Day last Friday, I noticed Reese and Maxwell Smith standing off to the side while Drew Barker and Patrick Towles answered questions from reporters. The two were tossing a ball back and forth, so I went up and tried to get to know the QB from Chattanooga, Tennessee. Here’s what I found out:
1. He’s still working on that reality show
Earlier in the summer, Reese tweeted that he wanted to start a reality show for the Big Blue Nation to get to know him better. Of course, I had to follow up on that. Reese says “it will happen eventually,” but he needs some help to get it off the ground. What would a Reese Phillips reality show look like? He says it would start by just focusing on him, and after a few episodes, focus on the team as a whole. Reese thinks the show would be such a hit, it would get better ratings than “Keeping up with the Kardashians”: “Absolutely, that show is just bad.” While Reese kept insisting the show will happen, Max Smith kept yelling “He’s lying, he’s never gonna do it!” in the background, so make of this what you will.
2. He’s the baby in a big family
Reese says he wants the BBN to know that he’s from a big family, with six brothers and sisters. Reese grew up in Chattanooga and is the baby of the family, and the first to go outside of Chattanooga for college. Even more…
3. He grew up a Tennessee fan, but he isn’t one anymore
Reese says he was a huge Tennessee fan growing up, but says he wants everyone to know he’s not one anymore. Reese said that Tennessee not recruiting him had a big part in that. “The whole recruiting process helped. Even before Kentucky came in, it helped because you can’t have favorites. Then you’ll just get crushed if they don’t talk to you. And they didn’t talk to me,” Reese said of Tennessee. “It was like you know what, you don’t like me, I’m not going to like you.” For the record, Phillips was a two-year all-state quarterback for Signal Mountain High, racking up 2,274 yards, 15 touchdowns, and only 3 interceptions in his senior year. Yet, not even a look from the home state school.
4. In fact, he got rid of all of his Tennessee gear
Reese was so done with Tennessee when he committed to Kentucky that he got rid of all of his Tennessee gear, even the stuff autographed by UT star Eric Berry. “I love Kentucky now. I don’t like Tennessee at all.” Reese says his family has followed suit, and only cheers for the Cats these days.
5. He has two celebrity crushes, and they couldn’t be more different
Reese couldn’t just pick one celebrity crush, so he gave me two: Jennifer Aniston and Nicki Minaj. One side of the spectrum to the other, right? Reese maintains that the only reason he picked Minaj was “because she can rap,” but after Max Smith and Patrick Towles called him out on it, he admitted that Aniston was the one you take home to mom and Minaj “the one you hide.”
Actually, that whole segment with the QBs talking about their crushes is too good not to share in full: