Max Shortell
Personal information
Date of birth: (1992-08-22) August 22, 1992 (age 27)
Place of birth: Kansas City, Missouri
Career information
College: Jacksonville State
Undrafted in 2015
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Birmingham Iron (2019)*
Career highlights and awards

Max Garrett Shortell (born August 22, 1992) is an American football quarterback. He played college football for Jacksonville State Gamecocks. Shortell transferred to Jacksonville State after spending two seasons playing for the Minnesota Golden Gophers.

High school careerEdit

Shortell went to Bishop Miege High School in Roeland Park, Kansas. A three-sport athlete, participating in football, basketball and baseball for two years, he dropped basketball and baseball his junior year to focus on football.[1] For football, he was coached by former NFL Pro Bowler Tim Grunhard,[2] and led his squad to 6–4 record, while completing 147-of-277 passes (53.1 percent), for 2,643 yards, 21 touchdowns and just seven interceptions in 2010 as a senior. As a junior, he led the Stags to a 12–2 mark and a 2009 Kansas Class 4A State Championship. He completed 144-of-250 passes (57.6 percent) for 2,524 yards, 29 touchdowns and 11 interceptions that season. He was a two-time Honorable Mention All-Eastern Kansas League selection.[3]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Max Shortell
Mission, Kansas Bishop Miege High School 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 214 lb (97 kg) 4.82 Jan 5, 2008 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   ESPN grade: 74
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 58 (QB)   Rivals: 22 (QB), 5 (KS)  ESPN: 73 (QB), 281 (Midlands Region)
  • Note: In many cases, Scout and Rivals may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, an average of the two was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


Shortell committed to the University of Minnesota on June 11, 2010.[4] Shortell wasn't heavily recruited by Football Bowl Subdivision schools, as Minnesota was his only football scholarship offer.[5]

College careerEdit


2011 seasonEdit

During the 2011 pre-season, Shortell was in competition with MarQueis Gray for the starting quarterback job.[6] To start the 2011 season, Shortell was named the backup quarterback to MarQueis Gray.[7] In the opening game against USC, Gray left the game with cramps, making way for Shortell to get on the field. Shortell would lead a rally for the Gophers, but they came up short, as he threw an interception to end their drive and the game.[8] For the game he completed 7 of 13 passes for 98 yard to go along with a touchdown and interception.[9] In the Gophers' second game against New Mexico State, he saw limited action, as he came in relief of Gray, as Gray once again had cramps from the heat.[10] For the game he completed 2 of 7 passes for 27 yards.[11] He got his first career start against the Michigan on October 2, 2011, due to Gray not being able to play with a toe injury.[12] The Golden Gophers would lose the game 58–0,[13] with Shortell completing 11 of 22 for 104 yards.[14] He made his second career start the following week against Purdue, where he completed 2 passes for 9 yards,[15] only seeing 2 series as the quarterback, before being pulled in favor of Gray.[16]

2012 seasonEdit

Gray was once again named the starting quarterback for the Golden Gophers for the 2012 season. Shortell was listed as the backup following spring camp, and served that role for the first three games of the season. During the week 3 game against Western Michigan, Gray left the game with an injury, and Shortell led the Gophers back from an early deficit to defeat the Broncos throwing three touchdowns. Shortell would start the next three weeks, leading the Gophers to a 1–2 record during that time. A surprise came during the Gopher's week 7 game at Wisconsin, when true freshman, Philip Nelson was named the starting quarterback. Gray moved to wide receiver, and Nelson started every game for the rest of the season. Shortell was limited to the backup role for the rest of the season. Following the end of the Minnesota semester, Shortell announced his intentions to transfer.

Jacksonville StateEdit

2013 seasonEdit

On May 9, 2013, Shortell announced via Twitter, that he was transferring to Jacksonville State.[17]


Through the end of the 2012 season, Shortell's statistics are as follows:[18]

    Passing   Rushing
Season Team GP Rating Att Comp Pct Yds TD INT Att Yds TD
2011 Minnesota 6 101.0 54 26 48.1 309 2 2 11 14 0
2012 Minnesota 7 126.3 116 65 56.0 853 6 5 34 48 0
Totals 13 170 91 53.5 1,162 8 7 45 62 0

Shortell has a 1–3 win/loss ratio for his career as the starting quarterback at Minnesota.

Professional careerEdit

In 2018, Shortell signed for the Birmingham Iron of the Alliance of American Football (AAF).[19] However, he was not selected in the 2019 AAF QB Draft.


  1. "Future Gopher Q&A: Max Shortell". Archived from the original on 2011-11-12. Retrieved 2011-10-05.
  2. "Minnesota Golden Gopher football recruiting report; QB Max Shortell".
  3. "Player Bio: Max Shortell". Retrieved 2011-10-05.
  4. "Max Shortell". Retrieved 2011-10-05.
  5. "Max Shortell". Retrieved 2011-10-05.
  6. Marcus R. Fuller (August 10, 2011). "Freshman Max Shortell is making his presence felt as a possible No. 2 quarterback". Pioneer Press.
  7. "Gophers unveil depth chart for season opener against USC". Archived from the original on 2012-04-07. Retrieved 2011-10-05.
  8. "A Gray area at QB". Retrieved 2011-10-05.
  9. "Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. USC Trojans – Box Score". Retrieved 2011-10-05.
  10. "New Mexico State's win clouded by Minnesota's coach collapse". Retrieved 2011-10-05.
  11. "New Mexico State Aggies vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers – Box Score". Retrieved 2011-10-05.
  12. "Plenty of eyes will be on Max Shortell on Saturday". Retrieved 2011-10-05.
  13. "Michigan reaping rewards from improved defense". Retrieved 2011-10-05.[dead link]
  14. "Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Michigan Wolverines – Box Score". Retrieved 2011-10-05.
  15. "Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Purdue Boilermakers – Box Score". Retrieved 2011-10-10.
  16. "Purdue tramples Minnesota 45–17". Retrieved 2011-10-10.
  17. Joe Christensen (May 9, 2013). "Former Gophers QB Max Shortell transfers to Jacksonville State". StarTribune. Retrieved May 13, 2013.
  18. "Max Shortell". Retrieved December 14, 2012.
  19. Inabinett, Mark. "Birmingham Iron adds players from Alabama, UAB, South Alabama". Retrieved 13 November 2018.

External linksEdit

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