Big Year Earns Small Post Season Accolades
If you saw the Arlington Bowie Volunteers on the gridiron the season, you saw up close one of the top defensive players in the nation; regardless of ranking. Free safety Niko Small was a constant around the football; no matter where the play went, chances were that #4 was close by. In all, Small racked up 128 tackles, 7 TFL, 6 INT, 4 blocked kicks, 3 defensive touchdowns and 2 Sacks. For his efforts, the TCU commit was named Texas Class 6A Defensive Player of the Year and second-team All-American by MaxPreps. The post-season accolades somewhat caught Small by surprise. “(It did) a lot,” Small said. “I thought the most I’d get was first-team All-State. It’s just a great blessing and I know this was nothing but God, hard work, and my coaches and teammates.” Small says the TCU coaches are expecting much of the same during his career as a Frog. “They said congrats, they weren't surprised and they want me to take it to TCU and make better plays there,” Small said. As for TCU, Small was impressed with the Frogs’ 12-1 record that was capped off by a 42-3 thumping over Ole Miss. Small says it’s a sign of things to come from here on out for the Frogs. “They showed that they are one of new powers in football,” he said. “Times are changing; it’s not the old days where Alabama and LSU just smash everyone. New teams are arriving and TCU is one of them.” For now, Small anxiously waits until it’s his time to help the Frogs continue to climb new heights. “I’ve been anxious to get there since I first seen them,” he said. “I want to be a part of something great and they are doing great things at TCU.”
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