Former US ski team member Andy Phillips once skied off a cliff and snapped his femur in half. So kicking a football is easy.
The 24-year-old redshirt freshman had never played in a football game at any level when he nailed three field goals in Utah's season-opening 30-26 victory over rival Utah State. He also went 3 for 3 on extra points.
''We didn't get the opening kickoff as I hoped we would to get it out of the way,'' he said. ''I was definitely nervous. My first kick was a PAT, so I was just thinking, `Get this thing through.'''
In total, Phillips has gone 5 for 5 and ranks 20th nationally with 1.7 field goals per game. He's got a pair of field goals over 40 yards.
Additionally, he's made all 19 of his point-after kicks to lead the Pac-12. He set a school record with 10 PATs against Weber State in Utah's second game of the season, a 70-7 rout.
He's had 17 kickoffs averaging 62.8 yards. He also had an onside kick that led to a touchdown against Utah State.
''Ever since he's...