Phillip Watkins was selected by strength coach Bryan Jovick, CSCS, who said "Phil is an outstanding leader whose numbers on the golf course and work ethic in the weight room have made him an excellent captain on his team. He is committed to personal conditioning on his own time and outside of golf, he is already a graduate student at TSU. Phil finished in a tie for 1st place in the Ohio Valley Conference tournament last spring (2006) and the year before that; he was a member of the National Minority Championship team. Phil has consistently been in the number one spot on the golf team and is planning to enter professional tournaments, starting next fall."
Robert Jursnick, NSCA's Executive Director adds, The advantages of strength training and conditioning cannot be denied in collegiate athletics. These student-athletes attest to this understanding, and are to be applauded for their hard work and dedication." The NSCA All-American Athlete of the Year Award program is in its 28th year, and is made possible by a grant from Power Systems, Inc., a Knoxville, Tennessee fitness product leader.