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11 O.J. Small
  • Wide Receiver
  • 6-1, 226
  • 2000-04, 4L
  • Jacksonville (Forrest HS)

Signed as a free agent with the Tennessee Titans following the 2005 NFL Draft

A two-year starter at wide receiver who graduated in December of 2004…

CAREER: Played in 46 games, including 26 starts, for 1,887 plays during his career…Also played in the 2002 Orange Bowl…Had 117 career catches for 1,358 yards, an 11.6 yards per catch average, and scored seven touchdowns in his tenure…Ended his career with a catch in 30 consecutive games, the third-longest streak in Florida football history…Reached over 1,000-career receiving yards during the 2004 contest against Middle Tennessee…Has been chosen to play in the 2005 Villages Gridiron Classic College All-Star Game…

2004: Named Second-team All-SEC (Coaches and AP)…Named the most Outstanding Receiver at the conclusion of the 2004 season…Was a starting wide receiver in all 12 games and saw action in 607 plays, the most plays by a wide receiver…Led the team with 63 catches and was second on the squad with 719 receiving yards…Led the Southeastern Conference in receptions per game…Ranked fourth in the conference with 59.9 receiving yards per game…42 of 63 catches went for first downs, including 29 of his last 45 receptions…Enjoyed three games in which all of his receptions were for first downs, including six catches versus Eastern Michigan in the opener, five catches during the win over Arkansas and four receptions against Middle Tennessee…In the home finale against South Carolina, caught his 50th pass of the season…Recorded a career-high of 99 receiving yards to led the team to a win against Eastern Michigan…During the Peach Bowl, six-of-eight catches went for first downs…Small tied a career-high in receptions with eight in the Bowl…Recorded a career high of eight receptions from Chris Leak for 76 yards and a touchdown at Tennessee…In his last appearance of the regular season, he recovered a Florida fumble in the second quarter against intra-state rival Florida State…Recorded a touchdown in four games this season: Eastern Michigan, Tennessee, LSU and Middle Tennessee…

2003: Started all 13 games…Ranked third on the team with 36 catches for 379 yards (15.0 avg) and one touchdown…Was one of three Gator receivers to have 30 or more catches…Led the team in receptions twice during the season, while leading in receiving yards once…His total of 25 catches after the Georgia game surpassed his two-year career total entering the season…Led the team at No. 6 LSU with a career-high seven catches for 50 yards…Had a team-high 58 yards on four catches in the win over Vandy…Started vs. SJSU and matched his career-high with five catches, good for 39 yards…Had three catches against Miami…Was on the receiving end of a 35-yard pass from Ingle Martin in the third quarter of the Miami game, the second-longest catch of his career…Caught a career-long 52 yard pass against Ole Miss and also had a 5-yard touchdown reception in that game…Named a captain for the Arkansas game…

2002: Battled into starting rotation at receiver, and also was a member of kick return team…Saw playing time in all 13 games for 349 plays…Caught 18 passes for 236 yards…Had first career start at FSU…15 of his 18 catches came in the last six games and 12 of his last 18 came in the last four games of the season…Caught TD passes in back-to-back games vs. South Carolina and Florida State…Career-high five catches vs. South Carolina…Second on team in receiving yards against both UAB (41) and South Carolina (55)…Had three catches for 37 yards against Michigan in the 2003 Outback Bowl…

2001: A back-up at wide receiver… Played in eight of 11 regular-season games (all but Auburn, Georgia and Florida State) for 55 plays and the 2002 Orange Bowl…One catch for 24 yards on the season…24-yard catch vs. UL-Monroe was the first of his career…

2000: Did not see any game action and was redshirted… Worked with the scout team at wide receiver…

PREP: Named to PrepStar's All-Southeast Regional Team in its "athlete" category…National Bluechips ranked him among the top 15 players in the nation in its "Quarterback/Athlete" Category…An all-city selection in Jacksonville as a quarterback after throwing for over 1,400 yards and nine TDs in 1999…Threw for more than 2,500 yards with 19 touchdowns as a starting quarterback in his prep career…Brothers, Eddie and Tony, were wide receivers at Mississippi and Georgia, respectively…Member of National Beta Club…High school coach was Rob Jennis…

MAJOR: Sociology.


Career Receiving Stats:
Year No. Yds Avg Tds Long
2001 1 24 24 0 24
2002 18 236 13.1 2 37
2003 35 379 10.8 1 52
2004 63 719 11.4 4 36
Total 117 1358 11.6 7 52

Career Highs:
Receptions: 8 (twice, last vs. Miami in the Peach Bowl, 2004)
Receiving Yards: 99 (Eastern Michigan, 2004)
Receiving Touchdowns: 1 (seven times, last vs. Middle Tennessee, 2004)

O.J. SMALL

  • Brothers Eddie (Ole Miss, 1990-93) and Tony (Georgia, 1995-98) were both receivers at SEC schools
  • Eddie use to throw O.J. rocks to catch if he dropped too many ball when he was young.
  • Hobbies/interests include drawing, sports
  • Has been a Gator fan his entire life
  • Models his game after Keyshawn Johnson because he's a big receiver without blazing speed

What They're Saying About O.J. SMALL

"Small, who caught 18 passes last season and has 19 in his career, may be poised for a breakout season. He's more mature now, and said he feels much more comfortable in the offense this season than he did last year." (August 12, 2003)
Michael DiRocco, Jacksonville Times Union

"O.J. has incredible hands. And ball thrown in his area, he's going to make the play. He can also get down the field. He's a lot faster than people think and he plays a lot faster than he is." (November 13, 2003)
Larry Fedora, former UF Offensive Coordinator

"He's the type of who knows how to get open, and you have to get the ball to him as often as you can. He's going to find an open area, and you've got to throw it to that area and let him go get it."
Chris Leak, UF Quarterback

"Runs good routes. Has great hands. Has good speed, but isn't blazing. Those are the traits of your typical 'possession' receiver. The player who fits that bill for Florida is Senior O.J. Small." (August 10.2004)
Owen Lockwood, GatorBait

"O.J. Small had an excellent spring. He makes things happen. He's not necessarily the guy that's going to be downtown on you, but you don't need them all to get downtown. You need to be able to get them in the middle as well, and I'm impressed with O.J." (2003 Gator Bait Preview)

"O.J. has really stepped it up. I'm really proud of him. If you look at the last half of the season last year, he was a pretty good receiver." (August 12, 2003)
Ron Zook, former UF Head Coach

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