Illinois and All-Big Ten linebacker Carroll Phillips has been called “Wild Man” since childhood – and for good reason.
“I guess I hit somebody so hard – well, my dad said I pushed three guys back and hit the quarterback at the same time,” Phillips said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “So ever since then, the coaches were like, ‘(Wow).’”
Phillips started to be introduced at games as Wild Man.
“It just stuck with me,” he said. “‘Hey, my name is Wild Man, guys.’ It was just like that. I love to be wild on the field.”
Phillips, at 6-3, 242 pounds, has the size to be an impact linebacker at the next level. He also has the numbers (56 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, and nine sacks as a senior in 2016).
His coach, Lovie Smith, has told him to enjoy the NFL Draft process.
“He says, ‘Relax, you already did everything in your power that you can do. It’s up to teams,’” Phillips said. “So I just take it day-by-day and just relax.”
Phillips said he would play any position a team wants him to in the NFL.
“I’m an outside linebacker, but anywhere an organization wants to put me, I can play it,” he said. “Just coach me up on my skill set. I can play anything on the field. so it really doesn’t matter where I (play).”