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#23 Phillip Lindsay
Position: Tailback
Height: 5'8"
Weight: 180
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Aurora, Colo.
High School: Denver South
Experience: 1 Letter
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AT COLORADO: This Season (Soph.) - He enters the fall listed second at tailback, but will see his fair share of playing time regardless of his position on the depth chart.  The coaches selected him as the recipient of the Dick Anderson Award, presented to the player with outstanding toughness following spring practice.  Phil Steele’s College Football selected him as a second-team preseason All-Pac-12 performer at kick returner, with Athlon Sports selecting him to its fourth team.

2014 (Fr.-RS) - He saw action in all 12 games on offense and special teams (no starts); in amassing 1,358 all-purpose yards, he shattered the previous freshman mark by over 400 yards (947 by Lamont Warren in 1991); it was also the 14th-most overall by any player in any season.  He averaged 10.5 yards for every touch on the year (a team-high 129).  He had the third-most kickoff return yards in a single-season in school history with 849, averaging 23.6 yards per return (long of 51); that ranked him eighth in the Pac-12 and 50th in the nation.  He finished fourth on the team in rushing with 391 yards on 79 carries, a healthy 4.95 yards per carry, and he also caught 14 passes for 118 yards (9.8 per).  In all, he earned 17 first downs (14 rushing, three receiving), with his 12 rushes of 10 yards or longer second best on the team.  His top game running ball came at Arizona (17 carries, 114 yards with his season longest run of 36), with other top efforts all on the road as well, against USC (10-55), Oregon (11-49) and Massachusetts (7-41).  He had 207 all-purpose yards against Oregon, setting a CU single-game record for a redshirt freshman (142 via kickoff return, 49 rushing and 26 receiving on 22 total touches).  He received plenty of reps in the spring, with 22 rushes for 77 yards in the four main spring scrimmages (with five receptions for 44 yards and a touchdown).  The coaches selected him as the recipient of the Fred Casotti Award for the spring, presented to the most improved running back.

2013 (Fr.) - Redshirted; he practiced the entire fall at running back but filled in where needed on the scout team and earned the Offensive Scout Player of the Year honor as selected by the coaches.

HIGH SCHOOL - The No. 5 overall and top running back prospect in the state by the Denver Post, he earned PrepStar All-Central Region honors at running back as a senior, despite suffering a knee injury in the season opener.  He sat out one game and came back to play in South’s third game (against rival East), but came out after one quarter as was injured again.  It was then determined he had a torn ACL instead of a sprain, and underwent surgery on September 19.  In those two games, he still rushed for 299 yards on 31 carries, scoring two touchdowns, with one reception for 18 yards and a punt return for 35; he thus had 33 touches for 352 yards, or 10.6 per.  On defense, he had 12 tackles (five solo).  SuperPrep named him to its preseason All-Midlands team, the No. 49 player overall in the region and the third-ranked running back.  As a junior, he earned first-team All-State honors from the Denver Post; his freshman through junior seasons, he earned first-team All-Conference honors on offense (4A West Metro as a frosh, 5A Denver League as a sophomore and junior); he was first-team on defense as a junior and second-team as freshman and soph.  He finished his prep career as South’s all-time leader in rushing yards (545 attempts for 4,587 yards, averaging 8.4 per carry) and all-purpose yards (5,747, a shade under 9.5 yards for his 606 touches).  He had 57 career touchdowns (44 rushing, nine receiving, three interception and one kickoff return), with 23 100-yard rushing games (five 200-plus) and 15 games where he scored multiple touchdowns.  As a linebacker on defense, had 285 tackles, 10 quarterback sacks and three interceptions.  As a junior, he had 192 rushes for 1,762 yards (9.2 per) and 13 touchdowns, with 10 receptions for 177 yards and three scores; he racked up 94 tackles on defense (65 solo), with five or losses (three sacks), an interception, a pass broken up and a forced fumble.  He returned eight kickoffs for 130 yards and four punts for 54.  His sophomore season, he carried 164 times for 1,261 yards and 16 TDs, with 13 catches for 219 yards and four scores; he had 101 tackles (75 solo, three sacks) and an interception with five kickoff returns for 146 yards and four punt returns for 125 yards.  Making the varsity as a freshman, he rushed for 1,265 yards and 13 touchdowns on 158 carries, caught 10 passes for 169 yards and two touchdowns, recorded 78 tackles (36 solo, four sacks), an interception, a caused fumble and a recovery.  In his two games as a senior, he had 22 rushes for 160 yards and a TD in a 42-34 win over Mesa Ridge (when he had his reception and punt return), and in a 53-34 win over Denver East, he had nine carries for 139 yards and a score (including a 66-yard run) in just the first quarter before exiting with the knee injury.  Top games as a junior: in a 64-13 win over Lincoln, he had 17 rushes for 300 yards and four touchdowns, returning an interception 39 yards for another TD; he had three other games over 200 yards, against Niwot (19-231, 1 TD in a 49-12 win), George Washington (15-225, 2 TD and a season-high 13 tackles in a 50-28 win) and Poudre (15-206, 1 TD and 12 tackles in a 23-20 loss).  Top games as a sophomore: in a 41-34 win over Lakewood, when he had 18 rushes for 138 yards and a score, caught two passes for 38 yards, both for touchdowns, and returned a kickoff 82 yards for a fourth TD; and in a 48-0 win over Lincoln, he carried 17 times for 250 yards and two TDs.  As a freshman, he burst on the scene with seven 100-yard games, including 175 and a touchdown on 15 carries in his first varsity game (a 47-33 loss to Golden, in which he also caught a 9-yard TD pass); he also had his career-high in tackles, posting 18 (nine solo with a sack) in a 26-12 win over Kennedy.  Under Coach Tony Lindsay (his uncle), Denver South was 12-2 his senior season, the 4A Plains League champions and the state runner-up (falling 17-14 to Monarch in the 4A title game), 6-4 his junior year, 7-3 his sophomore campaign and 6-4 his freshman year.  He lettered in basketball (guard) as a freshman, and lettered four times in track (sprints and relays); he had personal bests of 10.9 in the 100-meter dash, 22.2 in the 200 and 49.0 in the 400.

ACADEMICS - He is majoring Communication at Colorado.  He owned a 3.49 grade point average in high school, just .01 shy of making the Honor Roll.

PERSONAL - He was born July 24, 1994 in Denver.  His hobbies include riding his mountain bike on area trails (often with his father), playing video games and playing with his younger brothers.  Father (Troy) was a fullback at Colorado State; two cousins, Gabe and Tony Lindsay, played college football at Oklahoma State; and two older sisters were collegiate athletes, Cheri, an All-SWAC volleyball player at Prairie View A&M and Sparkle, who lettered in basketball at Mesa (Colo.) State.  Three days after he underwent knee surgery, he received a personal call to cheer him up from Denver Bronco running back Willis McGahee, who rebounded from a similar injury to continue his pro career.  He will be the first player on the roster from Denver South since 1983, when seniors Scott Martin and Shelby Nash were seniors; but he will be the first to join the team as a true freshman since 1967 (defensive ends John Bliss and Dave Turner).  The first player to commit in CU’s 2013 recruiting class (on March 22, 2012), his family’s house was robbed and his dog (Rambo) beaten that same night; the burglars were apprehended and the dog fully recovered. 

 

RUSHING
High Games
Season
G
Att
Yds
Avg
TD
Long
Att
Yds
2014
12
79
391
5.0
0
36
17
114
RECEIVING
High Games
Season
G
No.
Yds
Avg.
TD
Long
Rec
Yds
2014
12
14
118
8.4
0
27
4
27
ADDITIONAL STATISTICS - Kickoff Returns: 36-849, 23.6 avg., 0 TD, 51 long (2014).