Making this transition from RB to slot receiver >>>— Ervin Philips (@Ambition1_) January 20, 2015
Phillips came to Syracuse as a RB and ending up garnering 42 carries, third most on the team, for 177 yards. He also caught 14 passes for 48 yards and perhaps that's what caught the eyes of coaches looking to figure out how to maneuver talent between a RB depth chart and a need to find quality receivers.
Now that Jarrod West has graduated, that leaves Steve Ishmael as the team's top returning receiver. Phillips also joins Ashton Broyld and Brisly Estime in a wide receiver corp that will be, if nothing else, fast as hell.
On the flip side, that makes Devante McFarlane our No. 1 returning RB. He and George Morris II, in fact, are now the only two returning RBs of note. SU coaches must know something we don't about the incoming freshmen Jordan Fredericks and Dontae Strickland, right? RIGHT?