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TRANSACTIONS: Originally drafted in the fourth round (114th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft.
PRO: Has played in 37 games with 22 starts since being selected in the fourth round of the 2011 draft … Career totals include 123 receptions for 1,786 yards (14.5 avg.) and 11 TDs … Led team with a career-high 66 catches in 2013 for 777 yards in only 13 games ... Limited to only two catches for 30 yards as a rookie before having breakout season in 2012, leading the team in receiving yards (979), TDs (7), 100 yard games (4) average per reception (17.8) and receptions of 20-plus yards (17) ... Set single-season franchise record in 2012 and ranked second in the NFL in average per reception and tied for second in NFL with a franchise-record four catches of 50-plus yards including three for TDs... Tied for second in NFL with five receiving TDs of 20-plus yards … Missed final three games in 2013 with a groin injury, missed two games in 2012 with a concussion and six games in 2011 with a hamstring injury … Highest drafted player in school history and first player drafted by the Jaguars from a Division III school … Three-time All-America selection … Finished career with 78 career TDs along with 259 receptions for 4,705 yards … Also competed on track team as a sprinter ...
2013: Started first 13 games and led team with a career-best 66 catches for 777 yards and three TDs ... Led all wideouts with 749 snaps played ... Ended season on injured reserve with a groin injury causing him to miss final three games ... Led team with 10 receptions of 20-plus yards including a 59-yarder ... 9/8 vs. KC: Started at WR and led team with 40 yards on three receptions. Had a 24-yard reception from Chad Henne in the fourth quarter ... 9/15 at OAK: Led team with eight catches for 93 yards with a long of 22 yards ... 9/22 at SEA: Registered a career-high 143 yards on eight receptions for a 17.9-yard average, his fifth career 100-yard receiving game. Had catches of 14, 15, 17, 21 and 59 yards. Hooked up with Chad Henne for 59-yard reception in the third quarter, the longest play from scrimmage for the club through three games. Was targeted 15 times ... 10/6 at STL: Started at WR and had five catches for 74 yards including a four-yard TD in the fourth quarter ... 10/13 at DEN: Started at WR and left in the first quarter with a shoulder sprain and did not return ... 10/20 vs. SD: Had a team-best eight receptions for 80 yards with a long of 22 yards ... 10/27 vs. SF: Was targeted 10 times and led team with seven catches for 74 yards, his fifth game with seven or more catches ... 11/17 vs. ARI: Reached 50 receptions for the second consecutive season, becoming the first Jaguars WR since Jimmy Smith (2004-05) to have 50 or more catches in back-to-back seasons ... 11/24 at HOU: Paced team with eight receptions, tying his career-high, for 71 yards. Reached 700 receiving yards for the season, the first Jaguar since Jimmy Smith (2004-05) to have at least 700 receiving yards in back-to-back seasons. ... 12/1 at CLE: Returned to his hometown and hooked up with Chad Henne for a game-winning 20-yard TD reception with 40 seconds remaining. Finished with six catches for 64 yards. Became the 20th player in franchise history with at least 10 TDs and one of only seven WRs in franchise history with 100 career receptions and at least 10 TDs ... 12/5 vs. HOU: Had a TD reception for the second consecutive game, hooking up with Chad Henne for a six-yard score in the second quarter. Finished with two catches for 13 yards ... 12/15 vs. BUF: Inactive (groin) ... Was placed on injured reserve on Dec. 16 ...
2012: Started nine of 14 games … Missed two games with a concussion and ended the season on injured reserve … Led team in receiving yards (979), TDs (7), receptions of 20-plus yards (17), receptions of 50-plus yards (4), 100-yard games (4) and average per reception (17.8) … Ranked second on club with 55 receptions … His four 100 yard receiving games were most by a Jaguar WR since 2004 (Jimmy Smith, 4) … Tied for second in NFL with five receiving TDs of 20-plus yards and tied for ninth with 17 catches of 20-plus yards … Tied for second in the NFL with a franchise-record four receptions of 50-plus yards … Three of his seven TDs were from 50-plus yards … Finished with 519 more receiving yards than the club’s 2011 leader (Marcedes Lewis, 460) … Scored five of his seven TDs in road games and finished with 33 catches for 608 yards (18.4 avg.) … Averaged 26.5-yards per reception in five division games with 14 catches for 371 yards and four TDs … Ranked second on the team with 105 targets … 9/9 at MIN: Played only 13 snaps, but caught four passes for a then career-high 74 yards and a TD. The TD came with 20 seconds remaining in regulation, a 39-yard pass from Blaine Gabbert, moving Jacksonville ahead 21-20 ... 9/16 vs. HOU: Saw action at WR but did not record a reception ... 9/23 at IND: Lone reception was an 80-yard pass from Blaine Gabbert for the game-winning TD with 45 seconds remaining ... 9/30 vs. CIN: Targeted five times and made one reception for eight yards ... 10/7 vs. CHI: Made two receptions for 43 yards, including a 34-yard reception from Gabbert in the second quarter ... 10/21 at OAK: Made first career start at WR and had four receptions for 79 yards and one TD. Scored on a 42-yard pass from Blaine Gabbert in the first quarter ... 10/28 at GB: Registered a career-high eight receptions for 116 yards. Had a 35-yard reception in the second quarter and a 24-yard reception in the fourth quarter ... 11/4 vs. DET: Posted three catches for 56 yards … 11/8 vs. IND: Registered second 100-yard receiving games with 105 yards on six receptions. Caught a 52-yard pass from Blaine Gabbert in the third quarter and hooked up with Chad Henne on a four-yard catch in the fourth quarter … 11/18 at HOU: Caught a 67-yard TD pass from Henne in the second quarter and finished with three catches for 81 yards ... 11/25 vs. TEN: Scored on a 59-yard pass from Chad Henne in the third quarter and totaled 105 yards on four receptions … 12/2 at BUF: Led team with seven receptions for 77 yards and left game in the fourth quarter with a head injury ... 12/9 vs. NYJ: Inactive (head) ... 12/16 at MIA: Returned to action and produced six receptions for 101 yards ... 12/23 vs. NE: Caught six passes for 54 yards before leaving the game in fourth quarter with a head injury ... Was placed on injured reserve (head) on Dec. 24 ...
2011: Saw action in 10 games as a rookie at WR and return specialist … Finished with two receptions for 30 yards and one TD … Recorded 20.5-yard average on four kickoff returns and 4.2-yard average on 12 punt returns … Had eight receptions for 71 yards and a TD in the preseason … Made NFL debut on 9/11 vs. TEN and returned three punts for 31 yards with a long of 27 … Had two punt returns on 9/18 at NYJ and 9/25 at CAR … Was inactive for three straight games with a hamstring injury – 10/30 at HOU, 11/13 at IND and 11/20 at CLE … Recorded his first career reception on 11/27 vs. HOU, a 25-yarder from Blaine Gabbert … Scored his first career TD on a five-yard pass in the second quarter on 12/5 vs. SD. Also had three kickoff returns for 63 yards … Injured his hamstring on 12/11 vs. TB and missed the final three games …
COLLEGE: Four-year letterman and three-time All-America selection, playing in 56 career games … Set several Ohio Athletic Conference records and etched his name in NCAA Division III record books … Finished career with 78 career touchdowns and 468 points scored, the second-most in conference history … Accounted for 5,989 all-purpose yards (108.9 yards per game), the second-most in conference history … Career totals included 259 receptions for 4,705 yards and 63 TDs … His 63 career receiving TDs are most in school history and second in NCAA Division III history … Set school and conference career marks for receptions and receiving yards … Rushed for 492 yards on 75 carries with 12 TDs … Added two punt returns for a TD and a kickoff return for a score … Two-time Ohio Athletic Conference Ed Sherman Award Winner, given to the conference’s top WR … Was teammate for two seasons with Redskins WR Pierre Garcon and topped his old school record for career receiving yards (4,380) … Played in 12 games at WR as a senior but also saw action at QB, KR, PR and DB … Consensus All-America and unanimous first-team all-conference selection … Led team with 70 receptions for 1,196 yards with 18 TDs … Had 13 kickoff returns for 325 yards (25.0 avg.) including an 80-yard return for a score against Delaware … Added 26 rushes for 113 yards with one TD rushing … Played in all 15 games as a junior … Team captain … Consensus All-America selection by D3Football.com, AFCA and AP Little All-America … Named D3Football.com National Offensive Player of the Year … Set school and conference record with 100 receptions for 1,736 yards with 19 TDs … Finished with 13 receptions for 297 yards with two TDs at Heidelberg including a 79-yard reception, the second-most receiving yards in school history … Appeared in all 15 games as a sophomore and set league and conference record with 23 receiving TDs … Finished with 77 receptions for 1,484 yards (19.3 avg.) … Added 45 yards on three carries … Returned 11 punts for 91 yards (8.3 avg.) and ranked second on team with 1,620 all-purpose yards … Split time at QB and WR as a freshman, playing in 14 games … Was 16 of 24 passing for 209 yards … Added 12 receptions for 289 yards with three TDs and 12 rushes for 108 yards with two TDs … Began season at QB but made move to WR … Health and physical education major.
PERSONAL: Single with son, Cecil Shorts IV … Attended Collinwood High School (Ohio) … All-District and All-Conference selection at QB … Played under his father, Cecil Shorts, Jr. … Member of the Mount Union chapter of Fellowship of Christian Athletes … Received All-America honors from U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association … Won 2008 outdoor 400 hurdle title at the Malone Jack Hazen Open … Won the 4x400 relay event at Zips Invitational ...Sister, Candice, runs cross country and plays basketball at John Carroll … Twitter handle is @CecilShortsIII … Full name: Cecil Shorts III.