I think guys being college tied is holding back their advancement a little, the OBC is the only real chance these guys get to show their stuff. It is one of the reasons most guys aren’t breaking through until they have left college.
From what I have seen of Small this year, he is special. He could possibly be pushing for a first 15 place come the summer time. Might have been there already if injury hadn’t kept him out of the u21 team this year. I am excited by the prospect of Small and Howard making a bit of a breakthrough next year.