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Phillips leads Kingsport contingent in college ranks

Jeff Birchfield • Nov 10, 2019 at 3:30 PM

Several football players from Kingsport currently are showcasing their talents at the collegiate level, and Dobyns-Bennett alumnus Ivan Phillips is leading the way.

Phillips, a sophomore linebacker at Emory & Henry, was named the Old Dominion Athletic Conference defensive player of the week on Oct. 20 following the Wasps’ 48-42 win over Washington and Lee. In that game, Phillips had 11 tackles and forced a fumble that he picked up and returned 19 yards for a touchdown.

Entering Saturday’s game at Guilford, Phillips had compiled 57 tackles, including a season- high 12 against North Carolina Wesleyan. He also reached double digits in tackles with 10 against Bridgewater and came up with nine against Hampden-Sydney.

Phillips’ performance comes on the heels of a freshman season in which he finished third on the team with 41 stops, including a season-high 11 against Randolph-Macon.

He didn’t play football his first season after high school, instead playing baseball at Walters State.

Jacob Patton, Dobyns-Bennett, Emory & Henry

The junior wide receiver had played in eight games for the Wasps heading into the weekend. Patton appeared in one game his freshman year and six his sophomore season. He caught two passes for 23 yards against Bridgewater.

Lendon Redwine, Dobyns-Bennett, Virginia-Wise

Redwine has made two starts at quarterback for the Cavaliers his freshman year. Overall, he has completed a respectable 40 passes out of 77 attempts for 243 yards and two touchdowns. In his most recent performance before Saturday, Redwine went 8-of-12 for 58 yards and had another 22 yards rushing against Limestone.

Cade Salyers, Dobyns-Bennett, Richmond

Salyers, a freshman, has played offensive tackle in eight of the Spiders’ first nine games, starting with a 45-13 loss to Atlantic Coast Conference opponent Boston College. Behind the offensive line, the Spiders are averaging 383.8 yards of offense per game.

Dawson Pierson, Dobyns-Bennett, East Tennessee State

The redshirt freshman tight end has played in every game this season. Pierson got his first start of the season in the Bucs’ 17-10 loss at Furman. He also started a week later against Wofford. Pierson has been used as a blocker instead of a pass target throughout the season.

Devin Stuart, Dobyns-Bennett, Austin Peay

Stuart, a senior, is averaging 36.7 yards per punt this season. The average reflects the fact that 15 of his 41 punts have gone inside the opponent’s 20-yard line. He punted six times against ETSU and had three land inside the Bucs’ 20. Stuart has a season long of 51 yards against Central Arkansas.

Landon Salyers,, Dobyns-Bennett, Army

Salyers, a junior, has kicked off 18 times this season. Four have gone for touchbacks, including two of three in the Black Knights’ game at Air Force. He has an average of 54.8 yards per kick. Salyers kicked one field goal from 42 yards his sophomore season and made 11 extra points, going 5-for-5 against Liberty.

Drew Christian, Dobyns-Bennett, Virginia-Wise

Heading into Saturday, the freshman offensive lineman had appeared in two games. He played in the Cavaliers’ 40-22 season-opening victory and saw action in UVa.-Wise’s 27-6 loss to Limestone.

Michael Foster, Dobyns-Bennett, Mars Hill

Foster, a junior offensive lineman, had appeared in six games for the Lions. He started five of those at right guard for a Mars Hill offense averaging 441.2 yards and 30.7 points per game.

Ben Foster, Dobyns-Bennett, Ferrum

The junior offensive lineman had seen action in six games for the Panthers this season. He has played in 23 games throughout his college career, registering 17 tackles with 3½ for a loss. He also has one fumble recovery.

Aaron Watterson, Sullivan South, Virginia-Wise

A tight end in high school, Watterson is now a wide receiver for the Cavaliers. He played in a 31-14 loss to Tennessee Tech in Week 2.

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