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80 DAYS TO KICKOFF: Cody Small

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In which BracketCat counts down the 80th day until kickoff with a profile of tight end Cody Small.

Travis Tannahill did some big things and helped K-State to win a Big 12 Championship while wearing No. 80. Now it's Cody Small's turn to step up and produce.
Travis Tannahill did some big things and helped K-State to win a Big 12 Championship while wearing No. 80. Now it's Cody Small's turn to step up and produce.
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#80 Cody Small
Redshirt Sophomore
6-4 | 237
Cypress, Texas

Bio

Position: Tight End

Previous College: None

Projection: Starter

Status: On Scholarship

Don't be fooled by his name — David Cody Small (b. Sept. 16, 1993) is anything but small. A talented young tight end who served as the primary back-up in 2014, Small will compete for the starting nod at tight end in 2015.

Small originally signed with K-State out of high school in 2012, but spent that fall as a part-time student paying his own way — also known as a "grayshirt."

He collected one tackle in the 2013 spring game after an interception. Last spring, he had two catches for 17 yards for the White team, for which he was a starting tight end. He missed this year's spring game with an injury.

Small saw action in three games during the 2014 season, playing against UTEP, Oklahoma State and Kansas, but he did not record any statistics. That means he's a huge, but promising unknown for whomever is quarterback.

He helped Cypress Woods High School to a 9-3 record in 2011 and was listed in VYPE's Top 75 Football Prospects in the northern Houston area at No. 38.

An all-district performer as a junior and senior who also earned All-Houston area honors as a senior, Small was named a "Rising Star" in 2010 by 5ATexasFootball.com at defensive end.

He also was on Cypress Woods’ 7-on-7 team, which reached the semifinals of the Cy Falls Tournament in 2011.