Cecil Shorts III
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Shorts with the Jacksonville Jaguars
Free agent
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1987-12-22) December 22, 1987 (age 32)
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
* Jacksonville Jaguars ( 2011 2014)
Career highlights and awards
* 2× First-team AP Little All-American (2009, 2010)
  • Offensive Player of the Year (2009)
  • NCAA Division III National Champion (2008)
Career NFL statistics
Receiving yards:2,979
Receiving touchdowns:14
Player stats at

Cecil Carlon Shorts III (born December 22, 1987) is a former American football wide receiver. 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 yearsEdit

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 careerEdit

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] Shorts helped Mount Union win their 10th NCAA Division III National Championship, at Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl XXXVI.

In 2009, he was named the 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, by a score of 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 careerEdit

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
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

Jacksonville JaguarsEdit

Shorts was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars with the 114th overall pick (4th round) in the 2011 NFL Draft.[9][10] 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 TexansEdit

On March 16, 2015, Shorts signed a two-year, $6 million contract with the Houston Texans.[11] On June 18, 2016, Shorts signed a pay cut reducing his salary to $1.2 million with $750,000 in 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]

NFL statisticsEdit

2011 JAX 10 0 2 30 15.0 1
2012 JAX 14 9 55 979 17.8 7
2013 JAX 13 13 66 777 11.8 3
2014 JAX 13 12 53 557 10.5 1
2015 HOU 11 4 42 484 11.5 2
2016 TB 9 5 11 152 13.8 0
Career 70 43 229 2979 13.0 14


  1. Turner, Jamie (October 4, 2008). "Shorts, Kmic lead offensive avalanche as Mount Union overwhelms Baldwin-Wallace, 48–3". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved September 1, 2010.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Popovich, Mike (August 12, 2009). "Mount Union's Cecil Shorts III may get shot at his old QB position". Archived from the original on March 10, 2011. Retrieved September 1, 2010.
  3. "ACU OL Washington named Little All-American". December 17, 2009. Archived from the original on March 1, 2012. Retrieved September 1, 2010.
  4. "Warhawks charge to D-III title". Beloit Daily News. December 21, 2009. Retrieved September 2, 2010.
  5. Pluto, Terry (December 17, 2010). "Mount Union's Cecil Shorts III might have NFL in future: Terry Pluto". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved April 16, 2011.
  6. Legwold, Jeff (March 30, 2011). "Mount Union WR Cecil Shorts long on talent for NFL draft". The Denver Post. Retrieved April 16, 2011.
  7. "Cecil Shorts III,". Retrieved September 1, 2010.
  8. "Cecil Shorts III, DS #20 WR, Mount Union". Retrieved April 16, 2011.
  9. "2011 NFL Draft Listing" (in en).
  10. Oehser, John (April 30, 2011). "Shorts is Jags first 4th round pick".
  11. Orr, Conor. "Houston Texans sign former Jags wideout Cecil Shorts". Retrieved March 16, 2015.
  12. Patra, Kevin (June 18, 2016). "Cecil Shorts takes pay cut to remain with Texans".
  14. "TRANSACTIONS: Texans down to 53-man roster". September 3, 2016. Archived from the original on August 26, 2017.
  15. Smith, Scott. "Cecil Shorts Adds Experience to WR Ranks".
  16. Smith, Scott (December 6, 2016). "Josh Huff Promoted to Replace Cecil Shorts".

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