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Joker Phillips, Jamarious Rowley on radio

The action never stops on football fields across South Florida. Every weekend there is a 7-on-7 tournament and team camps and we are staying right on top of all the action.

On this Wednesday night's High School Gridiron Show on WQAM (560 AM) from 9-10, Larry Blustein and Kevin Rogers will take a look back at last week's Miami Dolphins 7-on-7 tournament, preview this Saturday's Nike 7-on-7 event and discuss the commitments of locals Rashad Greene, Phillip Dorsett and Ryan Shazier.

In addition, they will welcome in University of Kentucky head football coach Joker Phillips and Glades Central quarterback Jamarious Rowley to the packed hour.

Phillips began his coaching career at his alma mater as a graduate assistant in 1988-89. In 1990, he served as an assistant recruiting coordinator. He was a full-time assistant coach, in charge of the wide receivers, from 1991-96. In 1991, under Phillips' guidance, wide receiver Neal Clark broke the single-season record for pass receptions with 47 catches. Clark's mark stood for six years. Another protégé, Kio Sanford, set three SEC records for kickoff returns in 1994. Craig Yeast, who became the SEC's all-time leading receiver, played his first two seasons under Phillips in 1995-96.

Phillips returned to UK from South Carolina, where he coached the wide receivers during the 2002 season. Gamecock newcomer Troy Williamson had an outstanding rookie campaign, earned consensus SEC All-Freshman honors. He went on to be the No. 7 pick in the first round of the 2005 NFL Draft.

Phillips also has coached at Cincinnati (1997-98), Minnesota (1999-2000) and Notre Dame (2001). At Minnesota, Phillips guided first-team All-Big Ten wide receiver Ron Johnson, who went on to play for the NFL's Baltimore Ravens. Although he spent only one season with the Fighting Irish, Phillips placed two wideouts in the NFL, Javin Hunter with Baltimore and David Givens with New England.

Last year, as a starting linebacker and as a backup quarterback, the 5-9, 225-pound Rowley proved to head coach Jessie Hester that while he wasn't the prototypical quarterback, he could move the team, twice throwing for over 300 yards in a game.

Last weekend, he rallied the Raiders in an exciting game against Miami Booker T. Washington to win the Miami Dolphins 7-on-7 event in Plantation, 41-40. The win sends the Raiders back to the national tournament in Tampa, where they will have the chance to defend their national title.

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