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Mount Union receiver Shorts take by Jaguars in draft

 

Cecil Shorts III (file photo)

Eventhough the Mount Union Purple Raiders football team competes in NCAA Division III, the program is highly respected by the National Football League.

During the Purple Raiders domination of the Ohio Athletic Conference the past 18 years, they’ve had several players drafted.

Three years ago, receiver Pierre Garcon was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts and is a star in the league.

Now, Cecil Shorts III is ready to make the big leap from non-scholarship football to the big-time of the NFL.

The Mount Union receiver has been drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the fourth round over the weekend, going 114th overall.

Shorts was a three-time All-American at the Alliance, Ohio school and was named the 2009 D3football.com national offensive player of the year.

Coming out of Cleveland Collingwood High School as a quarterback, Shorts played in 55 games for Mount Union and caught 259 passes for 4,705 yards and 63 touchdowns for head coach Larry Kehres’ team.

 

compiled from staff, Mount Union & Jacksonville Jaguars news

Cecil Shorts of Mount Union headed to NFL Combine

Cecil Shorts III (courtesy of Mount Union athletics)

All-American wide receiver Cecil Shorts III (Cleveland/Collinwood) of Mount Union has been invited to participate in the 2010 NFL Scouting Combine which is scheduled for February 25 – March 1 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The best college football players available for the draft will be invited to the combine where they’ll participate in front of top team executives, coaching staffs, player personnel departments and medical personnel from all 32 NFL teams that will be on hand to evaluate players eligible for the 2011 NFL Draft.

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 receiver) and the 2009 D3football.com National Offensive Player of the Year.

Shorts played in 55 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. All told, 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 player that participated in the NFL Combine.

Shorts’ 4,705 receiving yards is the third highest total in Division III history.

Info courtesy of Mount Union athletics

Mount Union football star Shorts selected to play in Shrine Bowl

Cecil Shorts (courtesy of Mount Union athletics)

Mount Union wide receiver Cecil Shorts III (Cleveland/Collinwood) has been selected to play in the 86th East-West Shrine Game Saturday, January 22 at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida.
Since 1925 the East-West Shrine Game has been more than just a football game. It has become a showcase for the next stars of the NFL and a benefit for Shriners Hospitals for Children. The East-West Shrine Game is the longest-running all-star college football game.
Shorts is currently the only NCAA Division III player on the rosters for the game.
Shorts played in 55 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 teammates and current Indianapolis Colts receiver Pierre Garcon.
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 receiver) and the 2009 D3football.com National Offensive Player of the Year.
Info courtesy of the Ohio Athletic Conference & Mount Union Athletics

Otterbein Cardinals gets 2010 off to good start; rolls Husson 38-0

There’s not many times during a college football season in NCAA Division III, that a team travels 19-hours to play an opponent. Road trips usually are between 2-5 hours. But every once in awhile, teams will find an opponent that they haven’t played before and the two schools will play each other.

Otterbein QB Austin Schlosser

Otterbein LB Shane Centers

Such was the case on Friday night, when the Otterbein Cardinals traveled 19 hours by bus to Bangor, Maine to play Husson University in the opening game for the 2010 football season.

For those of you who might not be familiar with Husson University, it is a private college with 3,000 students. It was founded in 1898 as Shaw School of Business by Chesley Husson. The Eagles play in the North Atlantic Conference.

That 19-hour bus ride didn’t hamper the Cardinals at all, as they shut down Husson, 38-0.

Senior running back Colton Coy rushed for 166 yards and two touchdowns while the Cardinal defense limited the eagles to 116 yards of total offense, forcing four turnovers in the non-conference game.

Coy opened the scoring for Otterbein on its second possession of the game, a 4-yard touchdown run, which ended a 12-play, 85-yard drive and put the Cardinals up 7-0 at the 3:41 mark of the first quarter.

Colton Coy (20) running past Husson Eagles

Otterbein, ranked 20th by D3football.com, scored on its next two possessions of the football, a pair of  scoring passes of six and 10 yards from junior quarterback Austin Schlosser to junior wide receiver Trey Fairchild and senior wide receiver Steve Kuzyk, respectively, to move the score to 21-0 at the end of the first half.

Coy was still a force to be reckoned with in the second half, breaking loose for a 19-yard run for a touchdown 24 seconds into the second half following an interception by Otterbein junior linebacker Shane Centers. The Cardinals led by a score of 28-0 with 14:36 to go in the third quarter.

Senior placekicker David Brewer added a 38-yard field goal and sophomore running back Brit Musal, who replaced Colton Coy midway through the fourth quarter, finished the scoring for the visitors with a 13-yard run.

Coy rushed the ball 27 times for 166 yards and two scores and also had a 32-yard pass reception.

Schlosser completed 14 0f 23 passes for 204 yards and two touchdowns. Kuzyk led the team with six catches for 54 yards while Fairchild caught five balls for 81 yards.

Defensively, Otterbein held Husson to 70 yards rushing and 48 yards passing.

Otterbein has a bye on Saturday September 11 and will host 11th-ranked Ohio Northern September 18 in its Ohio Athletic Conference home opener. The Polar Bears opened 2010 with a victory of its own, 35-21 over Wisconsin-River Falls Thursday at home in Ada.

Portions of this article contains info from the Otterbein Sports Information staff

All photos courtesy of Otterbein Athletics