Explosive things come in small packages.
Southern Methodist University football fans are hoping that will be the case with true freshman wide receiver Quincey Whittington.
Whittington is listed at 5-foot-8 and 160-pounds, it's his 4.4 speed that caught the SMU coach's eyes last January.
The speedy athlete played running back at Cuero High School in South Texas; he grew up a SMU fan since the Dallas school was where his uncle Arthur attended. Whittington finished his senior season last fall with 2,000 yards rushing and 750 yards receiving and 35 touchdowns on the year.
"I grew up rooting for SMU," Whittington told PonyStampede.com Tuesday. "My uncle Arthur played for SMU and then for the Oakland Raiders."
In fact all of Quincey's uncles and father was number 40 in high school, a number that he had a Cuero last fall. Whittington is hoping to change numbers this fall at SMU to No. 22 to follow in his uncle's tradition.
Don't let Whittington's small physical statute fool you. Recruited as a slot receiver, the talented athlete is one of the strongest receivers you will find for his size. He currently bench presses over 340 squats over 450.
The transition from high school to college has been made easier due the welcoming hospitality of his coaches and fellow teammates.
"I started to get homesick once," Whittington laughed. "I don't have time. Working out, go to classes, doesn't leave much time for that. We also are a close family; we are there for each other. My fellow teammates have been great to be around."
Whittington is going into the fall season with hopes and expectations of making an immediate impact for the Mustangs.
"I think I will fit into this offense perfectly," Whittington said. "They are telling me that they expect me to play this fall. I may also get a chance to return punts as well."
Whittington has been impressed with the work ethic and attitude of his teammates.
"Everyone wants to win and win now," Whittington said. "Everyone is willing to do what it takes to turn this program around. We are all excited about the season; it's going to be fun again to play football on the Hilltop."