To start of the new school year, our first “Meet the Maryland Hokies” featured student-athlete is Cam Phillips, WR for our Hokies Football team.
What part of Maryland are you from?
- I’m from Laurel, Maryland.
Favorite thing to do in Maryland? Favorite place to visit?
- I like to shop. I like to go to the malls. There are a lot of nice places you can go to buy things. Tyson’s Corner is a huge mall, so I like to shop.
How did you first learn about Virginia Tech?
- I might have been around 8 years old the first time I heard about Virginia Tech. I think that was around the same time that Tech was 9-0 and Miami was 9-0, and they had a game at Lane. I remember watching that game, and I think Marcus Vick was the quarterback. That was the first time I really noticed Virginia Tech.
Why did you chose Virginia Tech? Did you have a connection to VT prior to deciding?
- No, I didn’t really have a connection. I thought it was a great place for me. Coach (Aaron) Moorehead, the wide receiver’s coach my freshman year, and I really formed a bond. I felt comfortable with him.
Who recruited you to Virginia Tech?
- Coach (Aaron) Moorehead recruited me.
What is your major and why did you choose it?
- Right now, I am in consumer studies. It was something different to learn about. Being a consumer, I understand how markets work. That’s really important in the world. You are a consumer in everything you buy. I wanted to have more knowledge toward that, and there are several different opportunities that I can pursue with it, whether its fashion or something else. That’s why I chose it.
What is your greatest on-field/sports memory?
- It would probably be between blocking the kick in the ECU game and my first career game at Tech or Coach (Frank) Beamer’s last game at Tech. Those are all great memories, and I won’t forget those moments.
How has being a student athlete added to your experience at Tech?
- It’s a great experience. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity. Not a lot of people get to go through what we go through, good or bad. It’s kind of special in a sense. People want to help you succeed. It is their job to make sure that you are successful once you leave here.
How has being a student athlete prepared you for life after graduation?
- Being an athlete prepares you for the ups and downs of life. In competitions, there are ups and downs. There are processes that you have to go through as far as training and the long haul of the season. If you can endure that, it really makes you mentally tough to prepare you for the world outside of football.
Are there any other activities (clubs, student organizations, volunteer activities, etc.) in which you have been involved during your time at Virginia Tech? If so, tell us about them.
- No, there really isn’t a whole lot of time outside of football.
Is there a particular faculty member, administrator, local citizen, etc. that you’ve had the good fortune to meet during your time at Virginia Tech who has really inspired or challenged you in some way? If so, who was that person and in what way have they made an impact on you?
- The people that I really look forward to seeing are our strength and conditioning coaches. We spend a lot of time with those guys, especially in the summer. They also have an upbeat mindset. They all put off great vibes. It makes me feel good, and I understand that they care about me. I really look forward to seeing those guys when I can.
What are your plans after graduation? Do you think you will return to Maryland someday?
- Hopefully, I’ll have a long career in the NFL. Maryland, I don’t know. The cost of living is pretty high over there. It’s a nice place, but I don’t know if I’ll go back.
What do you do for fun when you have free time?
- With all the training and practices that we have, whenever I can just take a load off and relax, I really like to do that. I’m really into clothing and fashion, so when I can buy new things, I like too.
What’s your favorite food?
- Shrimp or crab legs. I can’t pick one. I’ve been that way since I was in my mom’s stomach, so it stuck with me.
Do you have a nickname? If so, what is it and is there a story behind it?
- Not really, just Cam. It’s short for Cameron. It’s probably universal.
What type of music do you listen to? Favorite Artist?
- It all has to do with my mood. Everyone shares different moods and different vibes. Probably my favorite artist is Kanye West. He is unique. He is his own man. He makes his own music, and he goes about it the way he wants too. I really enjoy that.
Do you have any message for the Hokies living in Maryland?
- Thank you for all the support. I understand that there are people who had to sacrifice for me to get to where I am, not just people that I know, but people that I don’t know, and I really appreciate that.