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The Final Cockdown: #39, Demetrius Smalls

The walk-on from Beaufort carries us on this weekend.

Central Florida v South Carolina Photo by Todd Bennett/GettyImages

Demetrius Smalls

RS Junior
5’8”, 170
Bluffton, SC


Smalls wasn’t even a 100% certainty to come to South Carolina. His original plan was to play a modified version of football called “sprint football” up at West Point, but finally enrolled at South Carolina in 2013. Eventually, after continuous training, he earned a spot on the team as a walk-on.

College Career

Smalls’ primary work has been with the scout team during his time with the program. He has expressed an interest to work anywhere the team needs him to.

2016 Outlook

If there’s anything that can be said about Smalls, it’s that he’s a hard worker. One of the articles I read about him (linked above) mentioned the fact that he continued to train and work out despite the fact that he wasn’t on the team (yet), and it’s great to see it pay off for him.


Like several other walk-ons, Smalls played multiple sports in high school. Besides his primary sport of football, he was a member of the track and field, basketball and cross country teams. As a football player at Bluffton High School, he hauled in 11 TDs and 976 yards, while also seeing time in the kick return game.