As we move ahead in our countdown in the Top 60 players at UM, we hit another veteran player who hasn't lived up to expectations: Safety Randy Phillips. Much like fellow senior Eric Moncur, Phillips' career has been plagued by injuries and personal sadness. Will he answer the bell now that his college career is nearing an end? The Hurricanes definitely hope he does.
> What we heard about him on Signing Day '05: As a senior at the talent-rich Belle Glades Glades Central, Phillips proved to be one of the nation's best two-way players. As a running back, he ran for 710 yards and 11 touchdowns and recorded 57 tackles and four interceptions while playing safety and cornerback while playing in just nine games for a 12-1 team. He also averaged 35 yards a punt and and was sleected to the CaliFlorida Bowl. Rivals.com tabbed him the nation's seventh best safety while Scout.com had him 16th at his position. He picked UM over Florida and Florida State and was expected to help fill the shoes of talented corners Antrel Rolle and Kelly Jennings once they left.
> What he's done as a Cane: Phillips played in eight games as a true freshman for a team that reached the Peach Bowl and returned his sophomore season expected to be a starter. He started UM's first three, lost his job, then regained it for the final five games, compiling 30 tackles, 11 pass deflections and one interception. When he came back for his junior year in 2007, Phillips was expected to be UM's best corner. But after getting torched by Oklahoma, coach Randy Shannon moved him to safety. He finished with 34 tackles and two huge interceptions in UM's win at Florida State. Then, last season, he played in just two games after tearing his lateral collateral ligament in his left on the first play of the Texas A&M game. He received a medical redshirt and played mostly on the first team this spring alongside Vaughn Telemaque.
> What Eye On The U expects from him in '09: Phillips is another Canes player who has yet to live up to his hype. He welcomed his mid-career move from cornerback to safety because it would allow him to be more of a playmaker. That's exactly what the Hurricanes hope Phillips can finally be this year. Physically, his test scores are very impressive. He was timed running a 4.48 in the spring (10th fastest on the team) and led the Canes with highest vertical leap (39.5 inches). His strength numbers (308 power clean, 330 bench) are among the best on the team. One thing you can't question is his leadership. From freshmen like Ray Ray Armstrong to veterans like Chavez Grant, there probably isn't a player more leaned upon on defense than Phillips. If he stays healthy, I don't see why he won't finally be the player Miami thought they were getting.