KAWANN ARCELL SHORT

Nose Guard/Defensive Tackle

Purdue University Boilermakers

#93

6:03.2-308

East Chicago, Indiana

Central High School

 

OVERVIEW

The fifth-year senior appears to have made a wise decision to return to school for the 2012 season. After his junior campaign, Short strongly considered leaving school for the National Football League. Told by the advisory board that he was a possible third round selection, he decided to stay with the Boilermakers.

 

Now, boasting a streak of fifty consecutive starting assignments, Short is regarded as one of the elite prospects in the 2013 draft and projected as a first round selection. Returning to school, he battled through a late season right ankle injury, but true to his “battle-tested warrior’s mentality,” the coaching staff knew it would be fruitless to tell their star player to sit out a few games to heal.

 

Short would go on to not only garner All-American honors, but was twice named Big Ten Conference Player of the Week recognition. He would close out his career recording 19.5 sacks and 49.0 tackles behind the line of scrimmage, as both figures rank eighth on the school’s overall record charts and are the third-best totals ever by a Boilermaker interior lineman.

 

His eighteen solo sacks and 19.5 total QB drops placed 18th in the nation among active NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision performers. Short also finished his college career third among all active players with his 49.0 stops-for-loss. Among those stops were 42 solo tackles behind the line of scrimmage. Only Khalil Mack of Buffalo (48.0) had more solo stops for loss in the NCAA FBS ranks among active participants.

 

Short has a wide chest with muscular arms, good bubble, wide hips, very thick thighs and calves. He still has room on his frame for additional growth and possesses good overall muscle tone with a wide waist, long limbs and more than enough power to anchor firmly vs. double teams.

 

Short has excellent flexibility and change of direction agility for his position. When he stays down in his pads, he generates good explosion off the snap. He gets a strong anchor vs. the run and has the agility to flow to the ball laterally, but there are times where he needs to pick up schemes quicker.

 

The senior flashes good aggression and competitiveness in the trenches. He is not prone to costly mistakes, nor is he the type that will take plays off, evident by his relentless play in trying to spark the team during five-game losing streak, performing as if he was on a “search and destroy” mission, despite hampered by a nagging ankle injury in 2012.

 

Short flashes adequate timed speed, but can be sudden and create advantage with his surge off the snap. He shows good explosion and consistently shocked blockers back with his strength. He is quick to penetrate the line of scrimmage and fires off the snap at a good pad level to get under the pads and ride the blocker into the pocket. He shows good hand extension to get separation and has the short area burst as a bull rusher to flush the quarterback out of the pocket.

 

 

Short does a very good job of stalling the double team with leverage and his raw power. He can recover and create a pile or split the double team with ease. He sets and generates a heavy anchor to hold the point. He is tough to move off the ball when he hunkers down, even vs. double teams. He has the ability to neutralize blockers in one-on-one battles and a very good anchor on plays directed right at him.

 

The Central High School product was a two-sport standout during his prep days, joining shooting guard E’Twaun Moore, presently with the Orlando Magic, in leading the Cardinals to the Indiana class 4A state basketball title in 2007. On the gridiron, he earned a three-star prospect ranking from Scout.com, as that recruiting service regarded him as the sixth-best player in the state of Indiana and the 24th-ranked defensive tackle in the nation.

 

Short had a banner senior campaign at Central High, yet, it was only Purdue that offered him a scholarship, signing his national letter of intent to attend the university on April 13th, 2007. During his prep junior campaign, he recorded 80 tackles with 8.5 sacks and fifteen stops-for-loss. He followed that with 85 tackles that included nine sacks, two fumble recoveries and two blocked punts as senior. He was also selected to play in Indiana North-South All-Star Game.

 

After performing for the Boilermakers’ scout team in 2008, Short earned Freshman All-American honors and was the team’s recipient of the Newcomer Award. Having added thirty pounds to his frame since enrolling at the school, the 310-pound strong-side defensive tackle started all twelve games, positing 48 tackles with four stops-for-loss while also intercepting a pair of passes.

 

As a sophomore, the second-team All-Big Ten Conference selection finished fourth in the league in both sacks (six) and tackles behind the line of scrimmage (12.5). He also made 41 tackles while becoming the first Purdue defensive tackle to lead the team in pass break-ups (eight).

 

Short’s junior season saw the strong-side tackle continue to excel in the trenches. He placed fourth in the Big Ten with a team-best seventeen stops-for-loss, the most by a Purdue defensive tackle since Jeff Zgonina set the school season-record with 28.0 in 1992. His 6.5 sacks also paced the Boilermakers, as the team co-captain and MVP posted 54 tackles and blocked a pair of kicks.

 

A second-team All-American selection as a senior, Short refused to let a midseason right ankle injury slow him down. In fact, right after the injury, he would produce twelve tackles with two sacks and five stops behind the line of scrimmage in his next three games. He closed out the year with a total of 43 hits, leading the team for the second-straight year with seven tackles and 15.5 stops for minus 74 yards. He also deflected four passes and blocked four kicks.

 

CAREER NOTES

Short started every game that he played in for Purdue (fifty) at strong-side defensive tackle, where he registered 186 tackles (124 solos) with 19.5 sacks for minus 110 yards, 49.0 stops for losses of 179 yards and fifteen pass deflections…Blocked a total of eight kicks while also recovering four fumbles and causing two others…His 19.5 sacks tied for 18th in the nation among active NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision players and placed eighth on the school’s all-time record chart…The only Purdue defensive tackles to record more sacks were Jeff Zgonina (29.0; 1989-92) and Craig Terrill (20.5; 2000-03)…Short ranks third in the nation among active players with 49.0 stops-for-loss, as that figure also ranks eighth on the school career-record chart and third-best ever by a Purdue defensive tackle (Zgonina has 72.0 and Matt Mitrione registered 50.0; 1998-2001)…His 42.0 solo tackles behind the line of scrimmage rank second among active players (Khalil Mack of Buffalo has 48)…Among his school-record eight blocked kicks, Short blocked six field goals. The most blocked field goals prior to Short’s efforts was five, shared by Rosevelt Colvin (1995-98) and Bobby Iwuchukwu (2002-05).

 

2012 SEASON

Short received All-American second-team honors from The NFL Draft Report and the Associated Press…The strong-side defensive tackle, team captain and All-Big Ten Conference first-team choice started all thirteen games, despite suffering a right ankle sprain in the first quarter of the Minnesota contest that would limit his mobility the second half of the schedule…Still managed to record 43 tackles (35 solos) and lead the team for the second-straight year with seven sacks (fifth in the league) for minus 55 yards and 15.5 stops (fourth in the Big Ten) for losses of 74 yards…Recovered two fumbles and caused another…Deflected four passes and blocked four kicks, including three field goals, which is one shy of the school season-record four blocked field goals by Roosevelt Colvin in 1998…Despite a five-game losing streak, he guided the team into the postseason with an appearance in the Heart of Dallas Bowl…Opened the season by blocking a field goal and extra point attempt, in addition to posting a 4-yard sack vs. Eastern Kentucky…Had two more sacks for minus 18 yards among his four solo tackles vs. Notre Dame…The senior tackle blocked a 34-yard field goal attempt, caused a fumble and had three tackles for loss, including a sack vs. Marshall. “A lot of people depend on me,” he said to Jeff Washburn of the Journal and Courier. “When I get a block, everybody feeds off that and we get momentum. With Bruce Gaston in there, I know I can get a push and just stick my paw back there and something will happen.” Even Marshall coach Doc Holliday was impressed. “That’s why he’s going to be playing on Sundays,” he said…Added eight tackles (6 solos) with a stop for a loss vs. Michigan…Short injured his right ankle on a pass rush vs. Gophers quarterback Philip Nelson and was forced to leave the Minnesota game early in the first quarter. He tried to play on the injury but ended up watching the second half in street clothes wearing a protective boot. “I thought I would get a hit on the quarterback,” Short said to the Journal and Courier. “I don’t know what happened. As soon as I tried to get up I felt it.”…Came back to post six tackles, including a career-best four for loss, as Purdue defeated Iowa 27-24 on the road, as he finished with five solo tackles, including a third-quarter sack for a 10-yard loss to help Purdue win in Iowa City for the first time since 1992. He was part of a Purdue defense that held Iowa to just 74 yards rushing after entering the game averaging more than 125 yards per contest, taking home his third career Defensive Player of the Week laurel…The senior had six tackles vs. Indiana in his final game in West Lafayette, the second-most he’s had all season…Short closed out his career with a 12-yard sack vs. Oklahoma State in the Heart of Dallas Bowl.

 

2011 SEASON

A third-team All-American selection by The NFL Draft Report after finishing sixth in the league with a team-high 6.5 sacks for minus 31 yards and pacing the Boilermakers with a career-high 17.0 stops for losses of 53 yards (fifth in the conference), he also received All-Big Ten Conference first-team accolades from the media and second-team recognition from the league’s coaches…Started all thirteen games at strong-side defensive tackle, as the co-captain and team Defensive MVP produced 54 tackles (28 solos) with a fumble recovery, a forced fumble, two pass deflections and a pair of blocked kicks…Had two tackles, including an assisted stop for loss and blocked a filed goal vs. Middle Tennessee, followed by a career-high 11 tackles (six solos) and 1.5 stops for loss, along with posting a fumble forced, a fumble recovery and a pass deflection at Rice…Finished with five tackles, an assisted sack and 1.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage vs. Southeast Missouri…Had two unassisted tackles and blocked a field goal attempt vs. Notre Dame…Recorded four tackles, including 2.5 for loss with a sack, vs. Minnesota and posted a pair of sacks among his 3.5 tackles for loss and six total stops vs. Illinois…Recorded five tackles, including two for loss, at Michigan…Named Walter Camp National and Big Defensive Player of the Week after finishing with three sacks and six total tackles in an overtime win vs. Ohio State.

 

 

2010 SEASON

The second team All-Big Ten Conference choice by the media, Short finished fourth in the Big Ten in both sacks (six for minus 24 yards) and tackles for loss (12.5 for minus 40 yards, as he became the first defensive tackle to ever lead Purdue in pass deflections (eight)…Recorded 41 total tackles, including 30 solo, and blocked an extra point and a field goal…Collected four solo tackles, including two for loss with a sack, at Notre Dame and finished with two assisted tackles, including a half stop for loss, two pass break-ups and a blocked extra point vs. Ball State…Made four tackles, three solo, two stops behind the line of scrimmage and a pass deflection vs. Toledo…Named the Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week after blocking a fourth-quarter field goal attempt by North-, as he delivered a season-high eight tackles (seven solos), 1.5 stops for loss with a sack and a pass deflection…Added four solo tackles, a sack and a pass break-up vs. Minnesota and was in on a season-best three tackles for loss with two sacks and six total tackles at Illinois.

 

2009 SEASON

Short received team’s Newcomer Award (Defense) and was named Freshman All-American by College Football News…Selected to Big Ten Conference All-Freshman team by The Sporting News, as he started all twelve games at strong-side tackle…Recorded 48 tackles (31 solos), including four for losses of 12 yards…Recovered one fumble and deflected a pass…Tied for second on team with two interceptions, as he had first career pass theft vs. Toledo and produced a season-high nine tackles (6 solos) vs. Northwestern…Came up with second interception and recovered fumble at Indiana on Nov. 21.

 

2008 SEASON

Short red-shirted as a freshman.

 

INJURY REPORT

2012 Season…Suffered a right ankle sprain in the first quarter vs. Minnesota (10/27) and did not return to the game. He started, but participated in just a handful of plays the following week vs. Penn State (11/03)…Could not participated in agility test drills at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine due to a hamstring strain.

 

AGILITY TESTS

5.16 in the 40-yard dash…1.74 10-yard dash…2.90 20-yard dash…4.66 20-yard shuttle…

7.64 three-cone drill…28-inch vertical jump…8’9” broad jump…480-pound bench press…

600-pound squat…33 ¾-inch arm length…9 ½-inch hands…82 3/8-inch wingspan.

 

HIGH SCHOOL

Short attended Central (East Chicago, Ind.) High School, playing football for head coach A.J. Rodriguez…Was a two-sport standout during his prep days, joining shooting guard E’Twaun Moore, presently with the Orlando Magic, in leading the Cardinals to the Indiana class 4A state basketball title in 2007…On the gridiron, he earned a three-star prospect ranking from Scout.com, as that recruiting service regarded him as the sixth-best player in the state of Indiana and the 24th-ranked defensive tackle in the nation…During his junior campaign, he recorded 80 tackles with 8.5 sacks and fifteen stops-for-loss…Followed with 85 tackles that included nine sacks, two fumble recoveries and two blocked punts as senior…Selected to play in Indiana North-South All-Star Game.

 

PERSONAL

Organizational Leadership and Supervision major…Born Kawann (pronounced KAY-won) Short on 2/02/89…Resides in East Chicago, Indiana.

 

 

 

 

PLAYER STATISTICS

DEFENSIVE STATISTICS
STATS GP GS TK SO AS FR FC INT TFL PBU SACK BK
2009 12 12 048 031 017  01  00  02  04.0-12   01   0.0-00  00
2010 12 12 041 030 011  00  00  00  12.5-40   08   6.0-24  02
2011 13 13 054 028 026  01  01  00  17.0-53   02   6.5-31  02
2012 13 13 043 035 008  02  01  00  15.5-74   04   7.0-55  04
TOTAL 50 50 186 124 062  04  02  02  49.0-179   15 19.5-110  08

 

INTERCEPTION RETURNS
STATS NO YARDS AVG TD LONG
2009  02        15 07.50  00    15

 

SHORT GAME BY GAME LOG

2012 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Tackles

Sacks

PBU

FC

BK

Ast

Solo

Asst
Loss

Solo
Loss

Loss
Yds

Ast

Solo

Yards

Eastern Ky. 09/01/12 Eastern Ky. 48-6

Yes

0

1

0

1

4

0

1

4

0

0

2

Notre Dame 09/08/12 at Notre Dame 17-20

Yes

0

4

0

2

18

0

2

18

0

0

0

Eastern Mich. 09/15/12 Eastern Mich. 54-16

Yes

0

1

0

1

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

Marshall 09/29/12 Marshall 51-41

Yes

0

3

0

3

13

0

1

6

1

1

1

Michigan 10/06/12 Michigan 13-44

Yes

2

6

0

1

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

Wisconsin 10/13/12 Wisconsin 14-38

Yes

0

3

0

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

Ohio St. 10/20/12 at Ohio St. 22-29

Yes

0

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Minnesota 10/27/12 at Minnesota 28-44

Yes

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Penn St. 11/03/12 Penn St. 9-34

Yes

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

Iowa 11/10/12 at Iowa 27-24

Yes

1

5

0

4

15

0

1

10

0

0

0

Illinois 11/17/12 at Illinois 20-17

Yes

1

3

0

1

5

0

1

5

1

0

0

Indiana 11/24/12 Indiana 56-35

Yes

3

3

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

Oklahoma St. 01/01/13 Oklahoma St. 14-58

Yes

0

1

0

1

12

0

1

12

0

0

0

Season Totals

8

35

1

15

74

0

7

55

4

1

4

 

2011 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Tackles

Sacks

PBU

FC

BK

Ast

Solo

Asst
Loss

Solo
Loss

Loss
Yds

Ast

Solo

Yards

Middle Tenn. 09/03/11 Middle Tenn. 27-24

Yes

2

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

Rice 09/10/11 at Rice 22-24

Yes

5

6

1

1

3

0

0

0

1

1

0

Southeast Mo. St. 09/17/11 SEMO 59-0

Yes

4

1

3

0

7

1

0

5

0

0

0

Notre Dame 10/01/11 Notre Dame 10-38

Yes

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

Minnesota 10/08/11 Minnesota 45-17

Yes

1

3

1

2

10

0

1

7

0

0

0

Penn St. 10/15/11 at Penn St. 18-23

Yes

4

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Illinois 10/22/11 Illinois 21-14

Yes

1

5

1

3

14

0

2

10

0

0

0

Michigan 10/29/11 at Michigan 14-36

Yes

2

3

0

2

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

Wisconsin 11/05/11 at Wisconsin 17-62

Yes

1

1

0

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

Ohio St. 11/12/11 Ohio St. 26-23

Yes

2

4

0

3

9

0

3

9

0

0

0

Iowa 11/19/11 Iowa 21-31

Yes

2

1

0

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

Indiana 11/26/11 at Indiana 33-25

Yes

2

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Western Mich. 12/27/11 Western Mich. 37-32

Yes

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

Season Totals

26

28

8

13

53

1

6

31

2

1

2

 

 

2010 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Tackles

Sacks

PBU

FC

BK

Ast

Solo

Asst
Loss

Solo
Loss

Loss
Yds

Ast

Solo

Yards

Notre Dame 09/04/10 at Notre Dame 12-23

Yes

0

4

0

2

7

0

1

2

0

0

0

Western Ill. 09/11/10 Western Ill. 31-21

Yes

1

1

0

1

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

Ball St. 09/18/10 Ball St. 24-13

Yes

2

0

1

0

2

1

0

2

2

0

1

Toledo 09/25/10 Toledo 20-31

Yes

1

3

0

2

2

0

0

0

1

0

0

Northwestern 10/09/10 at Northwestern 20-17

Yes

1

7

1

1

3

0

1

2

1

0

1

Minnesota 10/16/10 Minnesota 28-17

Yes

0

4

0

1

7

0

1

7

1

0

0

Ohio St. 10/23/10 at Ohio St. 0-49

Yes

1

1

1

1

7

1

0

1

0

0

0

Illinois 10/30/10 at Illinois 10-44

Yes

2

4

0

3

11

0

2

10

0

0

0

Wisconsin 11/06/10 Wisconsin 13-34

Yes

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

Michigan 11/13/10 Michigan 16-27

Yes

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

Michigan St. 11/20/10 at Michigan St. 31-35

Yes

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Indiana 11/27/10 Indiana 31-34

Yes

1

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Season Totals

11

30

3

11

40

2

5

24

8

0

2

 

2009 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Int. Ret.

Tackles

Sacks

PBU

FC

BK

No

Yds

TD

Ast

Solo

Asst
Loss

Solo
Loss

Loss
Yds

Ast

Solo

Yards

Toledo 09/05/09 Toledo 52-31

Yes

1

0

0

2

3

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

Oregon 09/12/09 at Oregon 36-38

Yes

0

0

0

0

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Northern Ill. 09/19/09 Northern Ill. 21-28

Yes

0

0

0

3

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Notre Dame 09/26/09 Notre Dame 21-24

Yes

0

0

0

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Northwestern 10/03/09 Northwestern 21-27

Yes

0

0

0

3

6

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Minnesota 10/10/09 at Minnesota 20-35

Yes

0

0

0

1

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Ohio St. 10/17/09 Ohio St. 26-18

Yes

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Illinois 10/24/09 Illinois 24-14

Yes

0

0

0

1

3

0

2

8

0

0

0

0

0

0

Wisconsin 10/31/09 at Wisconsin 0-37

Yes

0

0

0

1

3

0

1

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

Michigan 11/07/09 at Michigan 38-36

Yes

0

0

0

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

Michigan St. 11/14/09 Michigan St. 37-40

Yes

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Indiana 11/21/09 at Indiana 38-21

Yes

1

15

0

1

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Season Totals

2

15

0

17

31

2

3

12

0

0

0

1

0

0

 

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