Florida kicker Jonathan Phillips will play football and attend law school this fall
Having spent quite a bit of time on the waiting list for Florida's law school applicants, but having heard nothing about his acceptance, Florida fifth-year senior kicker Jonathan Phillips was pretty sure he would begin studying for his master's in international business when classes begin Aug. 24.
Then he got the phone call he had been hoping for.
Phillips has been accepted to Florida's law school and will attend law classes while playing football for the defending national champions this fall.
"It got to a point (Thursday) where I said to myself maybe this just isn't going to happen,'' said Phillips, who already has a master's degree in real estate. "Then I got a call in the afternoon while I was getting ready for practice and they told me I was accepted. I was excited and happy, then I was trying to figure out how I was going to coordinate it with practice.''
Florida coach Urban Meyer has assured Phillips, who has an undergraduate degree in finance, that he'll work a practice schedule around his law school class schedule.
"I really only practice like two times a day, field goals and kickoffs,'' Phillips said.
If he hadn't gotten into law school, Phillips was already enrolled in the International Business Program where he planned to pursue a master's degree. Now he's considering working toward that as well as attending law school.
Phillips, who received a fifth-year of eligibility from the NCAA, is on the 2009 preseason Watch List for the Lou Groza Award, awarded to the nation's best kicker.