Cecil Shorts

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Cecil Shorts
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Shorts with the Jacksonville Jaguars
No. -- Free agent
Position: Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1987-12-22) December 22, 1987 (age 29)
Place of birth: Kent, Ohio
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight: 202 lb (92 kg)
Career information
High school: Cleveland (OH) Collinwood
College: Mount Union
NFL Draft: 2011 / Round: 4 / Pick: 114
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • 2× First-team Little All-American (2009, 2010)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 13, 2016
Receptions: 229
Receiving yards: 2,979
Receiving touchdowns: 14
Player stats at NFL.com

Cecil Carlon Shorts III (born December 22, 1987) is an American football wide receiver who is currently a free agent. 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. He was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the fourth round of the 2011 NFL Draft.

Early years[edit]

Shorts attended Collinwood High School in Cleveland, Ohio, where he played quarterback on the football team that his father, Cecil Shorts, Jr., coached.[1][2]

College career[edit]

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 for Mount Union. In 2008, Shorts caught 77 passes for 1,484 yards and 23 touchdowns, which set an Ohio Athletic Conference record.[2]

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.[3] 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.[4]

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.[5] Shorts had 4,705 receiving yards for 63 touchdowns in his career.[6] He was considered a top wide receiver prospect in the 2011 NFL Draft.[7]

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
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.[8]

Jacksonville Jaguars[edit]

Shorts was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars with the 114th overall pick (4th round) in the 2011 NFL Draft.[9] Shorts is the highest drafted player in Mount Union history and first player drafted by the Jaguars from a Division III school in franchise history. Shorts played sparingly in his rookie season, catching only two passes for 30 yards and a touchdown in 10 games. He missed the final six games in 2011 with a hamstring injury. 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 with a groin injury. Shorts caught 53 catches for 577 yards and 1 touchdown. Shorts became a free agent after the 2014 season.

Houston Texans[edit]

On March 16, 2015, Shorts signed a two-year, $6 million contract with the Houston Texans.[10] Shorts secured 42 receptions on 74 targets for 484 yards and two touchdowns, and his 6.5 yards per target ranked No. 89 among NFL wide receivers in 2015.[11]

On June 18, 2016, Shorts signed a paycut reducing his salary to $1.2 million with $750,000 in total bonuses.[12] On November 22, 2015, Shorts threw a touchdown pass to running back Alfred Blue on a trick play against the New York Jets.[13] On September 3, 2016, he was released by the Texans.[14]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

On September 6, 2016, Shorts was signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.[15] He was placed on injured reserve on December 6, 2016 after tearing his ACL, MCL, and PCL.[16]


  1. ^ Turner, Jamie (October 4, 2008). "Shorts, Kmic lead offensive avalanche as Mount Union overwhelms Baldwin-Wallace, 48–3". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved 2010-09-01. 
  2. ^ a b Popovich, Mike (August 12, 2009). "Mount Union's Cecil Shorts III may get shot at his old QB position". cantonrep.com. Retrieved 2010-09-01. 
  3. ^ "ACU OL Washington named Little All-American". reporternews.com. December 17, 2009. Retrieved 2010-09-01. 
  4. ^ "Warhawks charge to D-III title". Beloit Daily News. December 21, 2009. Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  5. ^ Pluto, Terry (December 17, 2010). "Mount Union's Cecil Shorts III might have NFL in future: Terry Pluto". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved 2011-04-16. 
  6. ^ Legwold, Jeff (March 30, 2011). "Mount Union WR Cecil Shorts long on talent for NFL draft". The Denver Post. Retrieved 2011-04-16. 
  7. ^ "Cecil Shorts III,". cbssports.com. Retrieved 2010-09-01. 
  8. ^ "Cecil Shorts III, DS #20 WR, Mount Union". nfldraftscout.com. Retrieved 2011-04-16. 
  9. ^ Oehser, John (2011-04-30). "Shorts is Jags first 4th round pick". www.jaguars.com. Retrieved 2016-06-19. 
  10. ^ Orr, Conor. "Houston Texans sign former Jags wideout Cecil Shorts". NFL.com. Retrieved 16 March 2015. 
  11. ^ "Cecil Shorts Advanced Stats and Metrics Profile". PlayerProfiler.com. 
  12. ^ Patra, Kevin (2016-06-18). "Cecil Shorts takes pay cut to remain with Texans". NFL.com. Retrieved 2016-06-19. 
  13. ^ http://www.espn.com/nfl/game?gameId=400791665
  14. ^ "TRANSACTIONS: Texans down to 53-man roster". HoustonTexans.com. 
  15. ^ Smith, Scott. "Cecil Shorts Adds Experience to WR Ranks". Buccaneers.com. 
  16. ^ Smith, Scott (December 6, 2016). "Josh Huff Promoted to Replace Cecil Shorts". Buccaneers.com. 

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