Former Olympian becomes Utah kicker

Thursday , September 19, 2013 - 12:50 PM

The Associated Press

Former U.S. ski team member Andy Phillips once skied off a cliff and snapped his femur in half. So kicking a football is easy.

The 24-year-old redshirt freshman had never played in a football game at any level when he nailed three field goals in Utah's season-opening 30-26 victory over rival Utah State. He also hit all three of his extra points.

In total, Phillips has gone 5-for-5 and ranks 20th nationally with 1.7 field goals per game. He's got a pair of field goals over 40 yards.

Additionally, he's made all 19 of his point-after kicks to lead the Pac-12. He set a school record with 10 PATs against Weber State in Utah's second game of the season, a 70-7 rout.

Not bad at all for a rookie.

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