The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have signed American placekicker Seth Small.
The 22-year-old Small most recently attended mini-camp with the National Football League’s Indianapolis Colts (2022). The five-foot-11, 205-pound native of Katy, Texas played 46 games over four seasons at Texas A&M University (2018-2021), converting 71 of 91 field goal attempts (78 per cent) including a career long 52-yard field goal and a 28-yard game-winning field goal against No. 1-ranked Alabama last October. Small left school as the Aggies’ all-time leader with 71 career field goals made and 377 points scored.
The Tiger-Cats have had a kicking battle all throughout training camp, and just yesterday released Canadian placekicker/punter Dante Brown, who the team signed earlier this year.
Small joins a group of kickers that includes Michael Domagala, a holdover from last season who made seven-of-10 field goals (70 per cent) and eight-of-10 extra points (80 per cent) in 2021 and Global newcomer Tadhg Leader, who the team signed this past winter.
Leader is a relative newcomer to pro football with his only gridiron experience coming in 2021 when the Galway, Ireland native played five games with the Aviators of The Spring League, converting four-of-six field goal attempts (66.7 per cent) and six-of-seven convert attempts (85.7 per cent).
The Ticats have been searching for a reliable kicker since Lirim Hajrullahu parlayed his CFL success into multiple opportunities in the NFL.