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88 DAYS TO 2019 KICKOFF: Phillip Brooks

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In which BracketCat counts down the 88th day until the 2019 kickoff with a profile of Kansas State wide receiver Phillip Brooks.

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#88 Phillip Brooks

Redshirt Freshman | 5-7 | 165 lbs. | Lee’s Summit, Missouri
Phillip Brooks
Phillip Brooks
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Wide Receiver
  • Previous College: None
  • Projection: Second-String
  • Status: Preferred Walk-On

Phillip Andrew Brooks III (b. Sept. 19, 1999) is a promising young wide receiver who played in four games in 2018, enough to preserve his redshirt season while still gaining experience.

Brooks returned three kickoffs for an 18.7-yard average and one punt for 6 yards. His best game as a kickoff returner was against Texas Tech — he had two returns for 44 total yards.

A four-year letter-winner at Lee’s Summit High School West under head coach Vinny Careswell, Brooks was named to the USA Today Sports All-USA Missouri team, as well as the Missouri Football Coaches Association All-State first team as a senior in 2017.

He rushed for 1,666 yards (averaging 151.5 yards per game) and 21 touchdowns as a senior, while he collected 556 receiving yards (a 23.2-yard average per game) and 10 touchdowns, and also totaled 262 return yards and a score.

A two-time first-team all-conference and all-district pick, in addition to being named to The Kansas City Star All-Metro team, Brooks was invited to play in the Blue-Grey All-American game.

He also lettered three years in baseball, earning a pair of all-state honors, and four years in basketball, picking up two all-district accolades.

Brooks walked on with the Wildcats over offers from Air Force, Idaho, Navy and North Dakota, as well as interest from home-state team Missouri.