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16   Sean Smalls
Sean Smalls

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Richmond, Va.

High School:
Huguenot H.S.

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 210

Position:
DB

Birthdate:
04/20/1987


On Smalls: All-American, who is one of the top defensive players in the nation ... Preseason All-American and CAA All-Conference selection ... Coach Brown says "is one of the best in country" and will play in the NFL ... Great skills set and speed ... Teams regularly avoided throwing to the receiver whom he was covering ... Tremendous size and speed at cornerback ... Teams with Courtney Robinson as the nation's top cornerback tandem according to Coach Brown ... Versatile player who can also return kicks ... Great speed and strength ... Shared the 2007 Marcel Shipp Iron Minuteman Award ... Saw time as a receiver in addition to secondary as he was one of three true freshmen to play in 2005 ... Coach Brown called him "perhaps the best freshman athlete I have coached."

As a senior in 2008: 2008 Phil Steele Preseason first-team All-American ... 2008 Sports Network Preseason second-team All-American 2008 CAA Preseason first team ... Star cornerback who has garnered many accolades and looks to be drafted in the 2009 NFL Draft. Also starting punt returner as a senior ... Started 36 games in a row at cornerback before season-ending injury (crack in hip bone) suffered vs. Bryant (10/25) ... Has 20 tackles and two pass-break-ups this season ... Has 13 UMass punt returns for 57 yards in 2008 ... Three tackles vs. #9 Richmond (10/18), his hometown team ... Three stops for stellar defense vs. #16 Delaware (10/4) ... Four tackles at #7 James Madison (9/13) ... Allowed just one short completion for four yards at Holy Cross (9/6) in making two tackles and two pass break-ups ... Opened 2008 with four tackles vs. Albany (8/30). The Great Danes did not throw the ball at Smalls once during the game.

Honors
2008 CAA Football Preseason All-Conference
2007 Sports Network Honorable Mention All-American
2007 CAA FIRST-TEAM CORNERBACK
2007 NEW ENGLAND FOOTBALL WRITERS ALL-STAR
2007 CAA PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE
2006 ATLANTIC 10 SECOND-TEAM DEFENSIVE BACK
2007 CAA Football Preseason All-Conference
2006 ATLANTIC 10 SECOND-TEAM DEFENSIVE BACK

UMass Records

SINGLE-SEASON
Eighth in passes defended (12), 2007

SINGLE-GAME
Fourth in longest interception return (90 yards) vs. Towson (9/15/07)

As a junior in 2007: Sports Network Honorable Mention All-American ... 2007 CAA FIRST-TEAM CORNERBACK ... 2007 NEW ENGLAND FOOTBALL WRITERS ALL-STAR ... 2007 CAA PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE ... Started last 28 games in a row including 13 in 2007 ... Had 49 tackles, two interceptions including a return for a touchdown and 12 passes defended in 2007 ... Led CAA in passes defended with 12 (including CAA-best 10 pass break-ups) along with two interceptions ... 12 passes defended tied for eighth-most in a season in UMass history ... Second-career interception as he had three passes defended at #4 Southern Illinois (12/1) in NCAA Quarterfinal. Also made five tackles ... Had just two tackles in two games as opponents didn't throw his way against Hofstra (11/17) and Fordham (11/24), the ultimate sign of resepct ... Made five stops in win over #14 New Hampshire (11/10) ... Five tackles and a pass break-up at William & Mary (10/27), including 100th career tackle ... Four stops and a pass break-up vs. Northeastern (10/20) ... Made career-high nine tackles along with first career half-sack in 4OT win over Villanova (10/13) ... At Boston College (9/29), had three tackles and pass break-up ... Three tackles and had two pass break-ups at Maine (9/22) ... Had first-career interception, which he returned 90 yards for his first-career touchdown in win over #23 Towson (9/15). It was fourth-longest interception return in UM history. Also had three sacks and TFL ... Made three stops at Colgate (9/8) ... Opened 2007 with five tackles and pair of pass break-ups vs. Holy Cross (9/1).

As a sophomore in 2006: ATLANTIC 10 SECOND-TEAM DEFENSIVE BACK ... Started all 15 games at cornerback ... Made 59 tackles, eighth on the team also had a forced fumble and fumble recovery ... Five solo stops in NCAA Final vs. Appalachian State (12/15) ... Made three tackles and a PBU at #2 Montana (12/8) ... Defended All-American David Ball for much of the game, limited the all-time TD leader in I-AA history to just six catches for 54 yards. Made five tackles including a pass break-up ... Career-high six tackles in NCAAs vs. Lafayette (11/25) ... Five tackles vs. Hofstra (11/18) ... Three stops vs. #19 Maine (11/11) ... Four tackles at Northeastern (10/28) ... Over five games (Sept. 16-Oct. 21), had 22 total tackles, with five stops in four of those games ... Led team with five tackles vs. Stony Brook (9/23) ... Five tackles and a forced fumble vs. William & Mary (10/7) ... Racked up career-best five tackles and recovered a fumble at Villanova (9/16) ... Opened 2006 with three tackles and 0.5 TFL vs. Colgate (9/2).

As a freshman in 2005: One of three true freshman to play for UMass during the season, playing in nine games ... Saw time in the secondary, kickoff returns and special teams coverage ... Also played some as a wide receiver, making his debut there vs. James Madison ... Had eight kickoff returns for 137 yards (17.1 average) ...Also had eight tackles ... As a receiver has three catches for 68 yards ... Playing mostly as a receiver had two catches for 21 yards at Army (11/12), also returned two kickoffs for 21 yards ... Returned from mono at Delaware (11/5) seeing time as a receiver, cornerback and on kick returns, bringing one back 19 yards ... Sat out the Maine (10/22) and UNH (10/29) games with mononucleosis ... Playing as a wideout vs. No. 4 JMU (10/15), made a 47-yard reception for his first collegiate catch -- which was second-longest play from scrimmage for UMass to date. Also returned a kickoff for 14 yards ... Made two tackles vs. Northeastern (10/8) ... Brought back two kickoffs for 41 yards and had a tackle and pass break-up vs. Albany (9/17) ... Returned a kickoff 23 yards and had one tackles at Colgate (9/10) ... Returned one kick for 19 yards at Richmond (9/1) in homecoming, also made one tackle playing in nickel package.

Before UMass: Fast defensive back and returner who played at Huguenot High School in Richmond, Va. ... Ranked 18th best player in all of Virginia and 47th best defensive back in the nation ... Honored as All-State All-Dominion District, All-Central Region and All-Metro as a senior ... Had 16 career interceptions -- four as a senior, returning three for touchdowns ... Set a national record with a 109-yard interception return for a score ... Also returned five kicks for 207 yards including one touchdown.

Personal: Sean Ramon Smalls ... Born April 20, 1987 in Richmond, Va. ... Son of Richard Smalls and Delores Perry ... Brother of Monique, Richard III and Joy ... Majoring in Building Materials and Wood Technology.

Career Statistics (Defense)
Year	GP	UT	AT	TT	Sacks	TFL	Int	PD
2005	9/0	5	3	8	0-0	0-0	0-0	1
2006	15/15	30	29	59	0-0	1-2	0-0	3
2007	13/13	31	18	49	0.5-2	2.5-7	2-90	12
2008	8/8	12	8	20	0-0	0-0	0-0	2
Totals	45/36	78	58	136	0.5-2	3.5-9	2-90	18

CAREER STATISTICS (Punt Returns) Year GP/GS No. Yds. Avg. TD Lg. 2008 8/8 13 57 4.4 0 14

CAREER STATISTICS (Receiving) Year GP No. Yds. Avg. TD Lg. 2005 8/0 3 68 22.7 0 47

CAREER STATISTICS (Kickoff Returns) Year GP No. Yds. Avg. TD Lg. 2008 7/7 12 50 4.2 0 14

CAREER HIGHS Tackles: 9 vs. Villanova (10/13/07) Interceptions: 1 vs. Towson (9/15/07) & at So. Ill. (12/1/07) Int. Return: 90 vs. Towson (9/15/07) 4th Long in UM Hist. Sacks: 0.5 vs. Villanova (10/13/07) Fumble Recovery: 1 at Villanova (9/16/06) Long Reception: 47 vs. James Madison (10/15/05) Long Kickoff Return: 23 at Colgate (9/10/05) Touchdowns: 1 vs. Towson (9/15/07) Interception Return

Game-By-Game 2007 UT-AT-TT, Other 9/1 H Cross 3-2-5, 2pd 9/8 Colgate 2-1-3 9/15 Towson 2-1-3, int-td, pd, tfl 9/22 Maine 3-0-3, 2pd 9/29 BC 2-1-3, pd 10/13 Vill. 5-4-9, 0.5sk, 0.5tfl 10/20 NU 4-0-4, pd 10/27 W&M 4-1-5, pd 11/3 URI 1-1-2, 0.5tfl 11/10 UNH 1-4-5, 0.5tfl 11/17 Hofstra 0-1-1 11/24 Fordham 0-1-1 12/1 SIU 4-1-5, int, 2pd

2006 UT-AT-TT, Other 9/2 Colgate 0-3-3, 0.5tfl 9/9 Navy 0-0-0 9/16 Vill. 2-3-5, fr 9/23 S Brook 3-2-5 10/7 W&M 2-3-5, ff, pd 10/14 Towson 1-1-2 10/21 URI 4-1-5 10/28 NU 4-0-4 11/4 UNH 2-1-3 11/11 Maine 0-3-3 11/18 Hofstra 2-3-5 11/25 Lafay. 2-4-6 12/2 UNH 2-3-5, 0.5tfl, pd 12/8 Montana 1-2-3, pd 12/15 App St. 5-0-5

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