Cecil Shorts III
No. 84 Jacksonville Jaguars
|Date of birth:December 22, 1987|
|Place of birth: Kent, Ohio|
|High school: Cleveland (OH) Collinwood|
|College: Mount Union|
|NFL Draft: 2011 / Round: 4 / Pick: 114|
|Debuted in 2011 for the Jacksonville Jaguars|
|Roster status: Active|
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2013
Cecil Carlon Shorts III (born December 22, 1987) is an American football wide receiver for the Jacksonville Jaguars. He attended Collinwood High School in Cleveland, Ohio, and later the University of Mount Union where he played for the Mount Union Purple Raiders football team.
During his freshman season, Shorts suffered an injury that kept him from playing the entire year. In 2007, he was the backup quarterback, along with Kurt Rocco, to Greg Micheli, but was 16 of 24 passing for 209 yards, made 12 receptions, three for a touchdown, for 289 and ran for 108 yards with two touchdowns in 14 games played. Shorts switched to wide receiver after Pierre Garçon graduated, and immediately became the top receiver. In 2008, Shorts caught 77 passes for 1,484 yards and 23 touchdowns, which set an Ohio Athletic Conference record.
In 2009, he was named the D3Football.com National Offensive Player of the Year after recording 100 receptions for 1,736 yards with 19 touchdowns. For his efforts, he earned Associated Press first-team Little All-America honors following the season. In the 2009 NCAA Division III National Football Championship on December 19, 2009 against the UW–Whitewater Warhawks, Shorts caught 10 passes for 185 yards and two touchdowns. The Purple Raiders lost, however, 38–28.
In 2010, Shorts' play was hampered by an ankle injury that prevented him from playing in three games. He finished the season with 18 receiving touchdowns, three return touchdowns and one rushing touchdown. He earned Associated Press first-team Little All-America honors for the second consecutive year following the season. Shorts had 4,705 receiving yards for 63 touchdowns in his career. He was considered a top wide receiver prospect in the 2011 NFL Draft.
Track and field
Shorts was also a standout track athlete, he was an All-American sprinter for the University of Mount Union track and field team.
In 2007, he qualified for the 2007 Division III Outdoor Track Nationals in 400 meter hurdles, finishing 15th overall with a time of 53.71 seconds, but he was unable to compete due to an injury. He earned All-OAC status at the 2007 Outdoor OAC Championships by taking second in the 110 meter hurdles, with a time of 14.91 seconds, and second in the 400 meter hurdles. He was also a member of the Raider second place 4x400 meter relay team (3:21.59) and third place 4x100 meter relay squad, that finished with a time of 43.01 seconds at the 2007 Outdoor OACs. He earned OAC Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week honors on April. He earned All-OAC status at 2007 OAC Indoor Championships by being a member of the first place distance medley squad, that finished with a time of 10:00.2 minutes, and first place 4x400 meter relay team. He also placed third at the 2007 Indoor OACs in the 55 meter hurdles, with a time of 7.82 seconds.
In 2008, he won the 2008 OAC Outdoor Champion in the 400 meter hurdles, with a time of 53.66 seconds. He earned All-OAC status at the 2008 Outdoor Championships by placing second in the 110 meter hurdles, with a time of 14.96 seconds. He was also part of the third place 4x100 meter relay team, that finished with a time of 43.35 seconds. He earned All-OAC status at the 2008 Indoor Championships by placing third in the 400 meters, with a time of 50.16 seconds, and also a part of the second place 4x400 meter relay team. He also scored by placing fifth in the 300 meter dash, with a time of 36.29 seconds.
In 2009, he scored at the 2009 Indoor OAC Championships by placing second in both the 300 meter dash, with a time of 35.69 seconds, and 55 meter hurdles, with a time of 7.73 seconds. He earned All-American Honors by placing fifth overall in the 55 meter hurdles with a time of 7.66 seconds at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships.
|Ht||Wt||40-yd dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert||Broad||BP|
|6 ft 0 in||205 lb||4.59 s||1.59 s||2.54 s||4.07 s||6.50 s||34½ in||9 ft 6 in|
|All values from 2011 NFL Scouting Combine.|
Shorts was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars with the 114th overall pick (4th round) in the 2011 NFL Draft. Shorts is the highest drafted player in Mount Union history and first player drafted by the Jaguars from a Division III school.
Shorts played sparingly in his rookie season, catching only two passes for 30 yards and a touchdown in 10 games.
In 2012, despite Jacksonville sharing an NFL-worst record of 2–14 with the Kansas City Chiefs, Shorts was a bright spot, leading the team in receiving yards (979), yards per reception (17.8) and touchdowns (7), with five touchdowns going for 40 yards or longer.
He was placed on season-ending injured reserve on December 24, 2012 due to a concussion.
In 2013, Shorts recorded 66 catches for 777 yards and three touchdowns. He was placed on injured reserve on December 17, 2013.
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