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Kiero Small: ‘I figure if I work hard and get a shot, it’s on me after that’

Post by Todd Dybas / The News Tribune on May 18, 2014 at 6:28 pm with 5 Comments »
May 18, 2014 6:28 pm

Some thoughts from rookie fullback Kiero Small. Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said Small — 5-8 1/2, 250 pounds — is a “legit fullback” who could be a factor on special teams. Carroll also said Small is capable of catching passes. With Derrick Coleman and Spencer Ware already in the mix, Small would have to beat one of them out to earn a fullback spot.

(On how has this experience been for him…) “It’s great, it’s great. It happened so quick I got drafted Saturday and was on a plane Sunday morning, and we just been out playing football since I got here so it’s been a great experience.”

(On if he has received any special advice from Coach Bielema…) “Coach B just told me to come out here and work hard and be good on special teams and on the offensive side of the ball just do what I’m good at; catching the ball, blocking, and being able to run the ball when my number is called. We really emphasized special teams. That’s what I trained on a lot after pro day.”

(On if he always has had strong hands…) “Yeah I played running back my whole life so I was always an option out of the back field. Catching the ball comes pretty natural to me so I just try to focus on making sure I don’t get lazy with it. Sometimes when you think you’re going to catch it, you drop the easy ones.”

(On if there was ever a point where he thought football was over for him…) “Yeah. When I left junior college and I was back home working in the tee shirt shop I pretty much thought football was over for me. One day I just woke up and said this isn’t where I want my life to go, got back in school, and I thank god that I got back to play football. I was selling tee shirts every day, waking up catching the bus to work every day. Practicing out here on the lake is a big difference from that.”

(On what it means to put the Seahawks jersey on…) “It means everything. When I got drafted, it was a dream that I had since I was a kid, and then to come and get drafted to a team that I really rooted for through the whole playoffs. I just love the way the Seahawks play football. It’s a physical brand of ball and things of that sort so it was pretty much like a dream come true.”

(On what other schools offered him…) “Arkansas was my only offer. I got offered to Arkansas the last week of the whole recruiting process. I went down there on a visit. I actually didn’t have an offer when I went down there; I got the offer on the visit so it kind of worked out for me.”

(On what position were they looking at him at…) “I played linebacker in junior college, but they wanted me to play fullback. We ran a spread offense, and I went to school out in California so it was spread everywhere so I only played fullback down on the goalline. That was a handful of times a year, but they recruited me as a fullback.”

(On how many facemask has he had replaced…) “It’s 26, but that was through my whole three years there. just running there and putting my face on people and playing a physical brand of ball.”

(On what has he learned these past three days…) “I think what I learned is that it’s a lot about the details. With this brand of ball everybody is fast, everybody is strong, everybody was pretty much the man where they came from so you have to be real detailed in your work and that’s something that I’m really trying to get better at. Another I learned is just the competition. It’s all about competing. That’s one thing the coaches tell you when you first get here, and you really see it out here on the field and you see the older guys that were here out here competing.”

(On how nice was it to end the way it ended today….) “That’s competition at its best. We went down and scored. Well I was on both teams so it pretty much worked out for me. We went down and scored, and then we were going down there trying to score and a guy batted a ball and caused an interception to end a game. That’s competition at its best.”

(On the critics that say he’s too small for his position…) “I heard it. a lot of guys said when I was at home that I wouldn’t get into school, and people said I wouldn’t get to a division one university. So they can say what they want, but I figure if I work hard and get a shot, it’s on me after that.”

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  1. jawpeace says:

    Being hearing impaired since birth I have an affinity for Coleman. I would like to see Small beat out Ware. That would be a pair of cool under dogs at the fullback position. A deaf player and someone too “small”.

  2. I want a masher at FB like Biggie. I don’t want any of these guys who are too small to be good lead blockers and too big/slow to be RBs. I don’t want a jack of all trades and master of none at FB. I want a guy who is going to come at you and knock you on your butt. Enter Biggie Smalls.

  3. Hoping Biggie Smalls comes up big on special teams. Can you imagine him as a wedge breaker on kickoff coverage speeding down the field like a rogue runaway bowling ball? He could actually take our already good ST up another notch as an unblockable L5.

  4. PDXCOP80 says:

    Don’t get too excited guys. I remember a guy we had called Runaway Beer Truck, who we all thought was stud and he didn’t pan out. You really have to be a jack or all trades to show your worth to this team.

  5. I am a Seahawks fan and a Arkansas season ticker holder. I have a feeling you guys are going to love Kiero before all is said and done. He is an old school fullback that Marshawn will love to run behind, and he is even a better person. Great kid that I couldn’t be happier for. Good luck, Kiero!

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