By NICK SLOAN, NJSloan212@gmail.com
After missing three early games this season due to a concussion, senior running back Kendall Short rebounded to have a very productive senior season for the Mill Valley Jaguars offense.
Short finished the season with 542 rushing yards on just 82 carries, enough for a 6.6 yards per carry.
In the passing game while playing wide receiver, Short had seven receptions for 191 yards, one of which was good for a 68-yard touchdown.
Short missed most of the month of September, but returned and made an immediate for a Jaguars offense that overwhelmed teams all year long.
In the de facto Kaw Valley League championship game against Piper, Short finished with 99 rushing yards on just nine carries, along with a touchdown. He also had a 35-yard touchdown reception in the game.
Later on during district play, Short scored nine touchdowns in three games - combining for 323 yards on 42 carries and seven rushing touchdowns. He had 100-yard rushing performances in all three games. He added 121 receiving yards and two touchdowns during district play.
Overall in his junior season, Short had 733 total yards on just 89 touches, an average of 8.23 yards per touch.
In the 16 games of his varsity career, Short wrapped up his career with 1,580 total offensive yards on 222 "touches." He ended up with 20 career touchdowns in 16 games.
Short also played varsity basketball for Mill Valley and led the team in scoring during his freshman season. He's also one of the top power-weight lifters at the high school level in Kansas.
To continue David Brox' idea of comparing athletes to NFL players - while Short's position is running back, he reminds me of New England Patriots tight end/wide receiver Aaron Hernandez.
If a team doesn't see Short as a running back, I think he certainly has the capability of being one of those hybrid WR/TE types that are becoming more of a necessity and reality in today's game.
His athleticism can help teams in both the rushing game and passing game.
Height --- 6'2"
Weight --- 215
40-Yard Dash --- 4.56
5-10-5 Shuttle --- 4.19
Bench Press --- 260
Squat --- 450
Vertical --- 34
UPDATE: Here are Short's highlights from the 2012 season, courtesy of NCSA.
Below are highlights from his senior season, courtesy of PrepsForce.com.