Cecil Shorts is having a standout sophomore year in the NFL for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Most people don't know who he is or where he played his college ball. If you did know, you certainly did your research.
Shorts attended the University of Mount Union from 2007-2010, a Division III college in Alliance, Ohio, before being selected in the fourth round of the 2011 NFL Draft by Jacksonville. Mount Union currently enrolls 2,174 students and features a football program that has won a record 10 Division III National Championships.
Shorts was a part of their 2008 team that won the National Championship. Throughout his college career, he recorded 259 receptions for 4,705 yards and 63 touchdowns. He was also a threat out of the backfield, where he rushed 75 times for 492 yards and 12 touchdowns.
His 63 receiving touchdowns are second in Division III history, just ahead of his former college teammate and Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garçon.
Cecil Shorts very much resembles New York Giants receiver Victor Cruz. Shorts is 6'1", while Cruz is 6'2". They both are slot receivers with explosive speed and are able to make defenders miss. No one knew who Cruz was until his breakout performance last season. He has continued his success this year as well.
Many people may not know about Cecil Shorts, but soon enough, most people will. It is unfortunate that he plays for a Jacksonville Jaguars team that has a 1-7 record, but he is definitely making the most out of his opportunity to make himself known. This year, he has recorded 25 catches for 484 yards and four touchdowns.
Despite the Jaguars' record, Shorts is a great guy to have as a flex player on your fantasy football roster.
As time progresses, we should see this former Division III star make more noise in the NFL.