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Garrett: Little Man in a Big Man's Game

By Mark Janssen
 
 
Bill Snyder jokingly calls David Garrett his "midget in size 16 shoes."
 
Well, Garrett isn't a midget, and he doesn't wear size 16 shoes, but he is a small man playing in a game of big men.
 
"I'd say 5-8 ... (pausing and flashing a smile) ... OK, 5-7 and maybe 180 pounds," said Garrett, the Wildcat junior defensive back when quizzed about his small stature. Laughing, he added, "It tickles me inside when I hear people say I'm too small to play in the Big 12."

But play Garrett has done as one of the Wildcats steadiest defenders on a 3-0 team entering play Saturday at 11:30 a.m. against Central Florida at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.
 
Garrett opened his season with a six-tackle performance, which included two passes broken up, one interception and 1.5 tackles for a loss, against UCLA. He followed with two tackles, a fumble recovery and another tackle for a loss against Missouri State, and this past week accounted for seven more stops of Iowa State ball handlers in K-State's 27-20 win over the Cyclones.
 
"David is very competitive," said Snyder of Garrett, who totaled 29 tackles in 11 games as a sophomore in 2009. "He makes plays that you think somebody his size shouldn't be able to make."
 
To such a comment, Garrett, a product of Cleveland, Ohio, and a transfer from Fort Scott Community College, says, "I just love football. I don't think about my size. I've been playing forever and people have been saying, 'You can't do it,' but I hope I'm showing them that I can.
 
"I just try to stay humble, take care of what I can take care of and not worry about the rest," said Garrett. "In between the white lines, it's just football ... 11 guys going against 11 guys."
 
In Garrett's case, those other guys on the field may all be bigger in inches and bulk, but not in heart.
 
"I am too short, and I am too small, but I do have the heart to play this game," said Garrett, who had scholarship offers from Iowa, Bowling Green, Kent State and Toledo. "I want to go run and hit people 6-foot-4 and 230 pounds. I don't even think about it. To me, it's just having fun."
 
For Garrett, it's been that way ever since Pop Warner football. Without question, his story is not one in which his mother was fearful of her little boy getting hurt by the brutes of the game.
 
"Never," Garrett said. "When I was little, she made me go play, and made sure I went to practice so I would stay off the streets. Football was a way for her to know where I was at all times."
 
But David, isn't there some fear involved when you're six inches shorter and 50 pounds lighter than many ball carriers and receivers?
 
"Everyone has a fear, but mine's not football," he said.
 
Even when it's Daniel Thomas running your way in the open field during practice?
 
Breaking into a wide grin, Garrett said, "I just try to cut him and hope the other 10 (defenders) come to help me. I've met him a couple times in practice and he gets the best of me, and then I get the best of him."
 
But, it does have to be an imposing site to see Thomas coming your way in the open field, doesn't it?
 
Again laughing, Garrett said, "I'm sure my eyes get big. He's a special player that comes to work every day. Most of those guys with big names don't work hard and take the easy way out, but Daniel comes to work every day."
 
And, so does David Garrett.
 
 
We hope you enjoy K-State Sports Extra. We would like to hear your comments and any story ideas for future emails, so fire them our way. Contact either Mark Janssen at mjanssen7@cox.net, or Kansas State Director of Athletic Communications/SID Kenny Lannou at klannou@kstatesports.com