Leopards’ defensive standout inks contract with CFL team
Benko, Grewal, Smith and Smalley take home honors at annual awards show
Six Leopards up for Lafayette's top senior athlete
Graduating senior inks agreement with four-time Super Bowl champs
Four-time All-Patriot League performer looks to continue his career in NFL
2014: Earned a spot on the All-Patriot League First Team in the defensive backfield...started 10 games at cornerback...finished third on the team in tackles (61) with five tackles for loss and two sacks...had seven games with five or more tackles...led the team with 11 pass breakups...averaged 23.5 yards on 13 kick return opportunities...made the most of one kick return opportunity vs. Robert Morris (9/13), taking it back 48 yards...made a career-high 11 tackles, including seven unassisted stops, vs. Holy Cross (10/25)...picked off a pass and ran it back 22 yards at Bucknell (11/2) while earning George L. McGaughey Memorial Award as the most outstanding Lafayette player...ripped off a 60-yard return against Lehigh (11/22) in Yankee Stadium...named Preseason All-Patriot League at defensive back and kick returner...also included on the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) Defensive Back Award Watch List.
2013: Selected All-Patriot League First Team as return specialist and cornerback…collected team’s Defensive Back and Special Teams MVP awards...named Patriot League Special Teams Player of the Week twice...started 11 of 12 games…led the team with five interceptions, eight pass breakups and 13 passes defended…third on team with 63 tackles (three for loss)…eighth in the nation in kick return yardage, averaging 29.6 yards per kick on 19 tries…third in the nation in kickoffs returned for a touchdown with two...took opening kick of the season 98 yards to the endzone against Sacred Heart (9/7), earning Patriot League Special Teams Player of the Week honors…made eight stops vs. William & Mary (9/14) and nine vs. Penn (9/21)…returned a kick 99 yards for a touchdown at Georgetown (11/2) to break his own school record…intercepted passes against Bucknell in final three games of regular season (Colgate, Fordham and Lehigh).
2012: Played in all 11 games as a rookie to earn his first varsity letter…made seven tackles…forced a fumble at Robert Morris (9/29)…recorded two tackles at Colgate (11/3)…recovered a fumble against Georgetown (10/27).
AT FATHER JUDGE: First Honor Roll student who was an All-Catholic League First Teamer in 2011...carried 127 times for 984 yards and 17 touchdowns, adding two receiving touchdowns and one kick return and one punt for a TD...also picked off a pass during senior year when he was named All-City Third Team...outstanding track and field athlete who was All-Catholic League First Team in three events (60m, long jump, triple jump) in his indoor career and All-Catholic League in five outdoor events (4x100m, 100m, 200m, long jump, triple jump)...school recordholder in the 60m (7.02), 100m (10.7), 200m (21.7) and 4x100m relay.
PERSONAL: Son of Aretha Smalley...hails from same school as former Leopards’ offensive line standout Ryan Nase ’07…has an older brother, Paul, and younger brothers, Caleb and Gabriel...born 5/6/94.