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80 DAYS TO 2016 KICKOFF: Cody Small

In which BracketCat counts down the 80th day until the 2016 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 Junior
6-5 | 241
Cypress, Texas

Bio

Position: Tight End

Previous College: None

Projection: Co-Starter

Status: On Scholarship

David Cody Small (b. Sept. 16, 1993) is a talented young tight end who gained more playing time as a sophomore in 2015 as a "co-starter" with Dayton Valentine and now will battle for more starting opportunities in 2016.

Small originally signed with K-State out of high school in 2012, but spent that fall as a part-time "grayshirt" student.

He collected one tackle in the 2013 spring game after an interception. He started at tight end and had two catches for 17 yards for the White team in the 2014 spring game. He has missed the last two spring games with injuries.

Small saw action in three games during the 2014 season, playing against UTEP, Oklahoma State and Kansas, but did not record any statistics. He played in nine games in 2015, with starts against South Dakota, UTSA and Kansas.

It's not unreasonable, after four-plus full years in the program, to expect Small to step up this season and show us something. He has yet to record a single catch. (To be fair, neither has Valentine, but he had two tackles in 2015.)

Small, who was named to the 2015 Academic All-Big 12 first team, 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.