The largest member of the 2003 Nebraska football team, Jemayel (pronouced jeh-MILE) Phillips is expected to push for playing time in the offensive line this season. "Big Smooth" redshirted last season and improved his speed and athleticism in the Husker weight room. Phillips has added 25 pounds to his 6-6 frame since arriving in Lincoln, and has good movement despite his mammoth size.
Phillips enters fall camp listed on the depth chart as co-No. 2 with sophomore Brandon Koch at right guard behind junior Jake Andersen.
2002 (Redshirt Freshman)
A scholarship recruit, Phillips redshirted in his first season at Nebraska.
Before Nebraska (Winnfield HS)Phillips was a standout lineman for Coach Joey Pender at Winnfield (La.) High School. Phillips was a four-year starter on offense and lost just six games in his four-year prep career. In 2001, Phillips helped lead Winnfield (Class 3A) to the second round of the state playoffs and a 10-2 record. A team captain, he earned team honors as the most valuable offensive lineman his final two years. He also earned second-team LHSCA honors as an offensive lineman, was named to the "Baker?s Dirty Dozen" team and earned first-team all-state honors as a senior. He was also a SuperPrep All-American. In track, Phillips threw the shot put, winning districts as a junior and senior. Phillips picked Nebraska after also visiting Louisiana Tech and Auburn and canceled visits to Louisiana State, Texas A&M and Southern Mississippi. Phillips attended Big Red Football School during the summers of 2000 and 2001.
The son of Donna Prater, Jemayel was born on March 24, 1984. He was mentored by former Husker basketball standout Cliff Moller (1969). He has not declared a major.