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Citadel's equipment manager a team favorite

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- He's the oil that makes the Citadel football engine run smoothly, a cheerleader, a hard worker, and just a great guy to talk to. He's equipment manager Will Small.

"I do like the jerseys and the towels and the loot," said Small. "On like game day, I just let them be."

"If Will is not here on a certain day and has something to do where he can't work, then it's 'Where's Will? Where's Will?' and you just have to tell them he's not here today," said Citadel head equipment manager Kevin Yeager. "Instead of Where's Waldo, we have Where's Will."

Football players at The Citadel always want to know where Small is. The 19-year-old equipment manager phenom keeps the chin straps strapped, the gloves fresh and even the mascot's head clean.

"It would be crazy if I'm not here. Everybody would be like, 'Where is all of this stuff and all of that?'" Small said.

"He takes a lot of pride in what he does. If something doesn't go the way it's supposed to, he quickly corrects it," said Yeager. "he loves the players; the players have embraced him, the coaches have embraced him. He's been a blessing to all of us."

Small started his equipment manager career at West Ashley High School, where he is still one of the Wildcats' rowdiest equipment men on Friday nights.

His hard work on the sidelines in high school now has him on the sidelines at The Citadel, where he is a motivator and one of the hardest workers on the field.

Small said he would stick around Hagood Stadium until head coach Kevin Higgins told him to move on, but Higgins said he expected Small to even outlast him.

"It makes me feel like I'm right at home," Small said.

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