10 Cecil Shorts III
- High School:
- Health and Physical Education
Played in 56 games at Mount Union and had 259 receptions for 4,705 yards and 63 touchdowns. He had 75 rushing attempts for 492 yards with 12 TD's on the ground along with two punt returns and a kickoff return for touchdowns. In total, he accounted for nearly 6,000 all-purpose yards (5,989 yards/108.9 yards per game).
His 63 receiving touchdowns is second all-time in NCAA Division III history just ahead of the 60 of his former college teammate and current Indianapolis Colts receiver Pierre Garcon. Garcon was the last Purple Raiders that participated in the NFL Combine.
The 4,705 receiving yards is the third highest total in Division III history.
Shorts is a three-time All-American, the 2008 and 2009 Ohio Athletic Conference Ed Sherman Award Winner (given to the conference's top wide reciever) and the 2009 D3football.com National Offensive Player of the Year.
2010: Played in 12 games at wide receiver … injured early in game at Marietta (Oct. 6) then missed next three games … has team-best 70 receptions for 1,196 yards (third straight 1,000-yd. season) with 18 touchdowns … eight 100-yard receiving games … season-best 139 yards receiving on eight catches with three touchdowns against St. Lawrence … has 19 rushes for 114 yards with a touchdown … ran seven times for 81 yards with a touchdown against Delaware Valley … has nine kickoff returns for 255 yards including an 80-yard kickoff return for a score at Baldwin-Wallace (Nov. 6) … has 22 punt returns for 354 yards and two returned for touchdowns (68-yd at Wilmington, Sept. 55 and 54-yd vs. Muskingum, Nov. 13) ... Played 5 different positions (wide receiver, quarterback, kick returner, punt returner and defensive back) in Stagg Bowl … All-OAC First Team … D3football.com North Region Offensive Player of the Year … All-North Region First Team ... D3football.com First Team All-American
2009: Played in all 15 games at wide receiver ... had 100 receptions for 1,736 yards with 19 touchdowns ... also rushed for 206 yards and eight touchdowns on 34 carries ... Had 13 catches for 297 yards and two touchdowns at Heidelberg (10/16/09) ... had a 79 yard reception against Heidelberg (10/16/09) … had a 43 yard run against Marietta (11/14/09) … had four rushes for 39 yards and three touchdowns in NCAA Playoff game against Montclair State (NJ) (11/28/09) ... had 18 carries for 98 yards with two touchdowns on the ground and two catches for 26 yards and touchdown receiving against Wesley (DE) (12/12/09) … awarded Ed Sherman Award as OAC's top wide receiver ... All-OAC First Team ... consensus All-American named to D3Football.com, AFCA and AP Little All-America Teams ... D3Football.com National Offensive Player of the Year.
2008: Played in all 15 games at wide receiver ... had 77 receptions for 1,484 yards and an OAC record 23 touchdown catches ... Had seven catches for 178 yards and two touchdowns against UW-Whitewater in National Championship Game (12/20/08) ... Awarded Ed Sherman Award as OAC's top wide receiver ... All-OAC First Team ... D3football.com All-American.
2007: Played in 14 games and split time at quarterback and wide receiver ... completed 16-of-24 passes for 209 yards, caught 12 passes for 289 yards and three touchdowns and also had 12 rushes for 108 yards with a pair of touchdowns ... had two catches for 77 yards including a 63 yard touchdown reception against Otterbein (9/15/07).
Personal: Health and Physical Education major … member of the Mount Union chapter of Fellowship of Christian Athletes ... All-American sprinter on Mount Union track and field team ... all-district and all-conference selection for coach Cecil Shorts, Jr. at Collinwood High School ... born December 22, 1987 ... son of Priscilla and Cecil C. Shorts, Jr ... sister Candice Shorts runs cross country at John Carroll.