UCLA’s Jaelan Phillips finds early success on practice field – Orange County Register

­­­LOS ANGELES — Jaelan Phillips tousles his curly black hair, pulling at the thick mess that somewhat resembles an overgrown Mohawk. He reluctantly cut it a few months ago when his locks became too difficult to manage on an early-morning college schedule. He was scared that the trim would drain him of his strength like Samson, a judge in the Hebrew bible who lost his immense power when he cut his hair. Phillips seems to be in the clear now.

“It’s growing back,” the freshman said Sunday of his mane, “so strength’s coming back with it. Maybe that’s why I’m doing well.”

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