Daikiel Shorts Jr.

#6 Daikiel Shorts Jr.

WR | Sr. | 6-1 | 202 | Clayton, N.J. | Eastern Christian Academy

2015 (Junior)

  • Played in 13 games and started 10 at inside receiver
  • Finished with a team-best 45 catches for 528 yards, five touchdowns and a long reception of 29 yards
  • Team-high six catches for 97 yards and a team-high two touchdowns against Arizona State in the Cactus Bowl
  • His 97 yards were a season high and the two touchdowns tied a career high
  • Strong showing at Kansas State, catching a game- and season-high seven passes for 68 yards
  • Finished with three catches for 36 yards at Kansas; long reception of 14 yards
  • Connected with Howard on an eight-yard TD catch in the third quarter against Texas
  • Caught second touchdown of season on a five-yard grab at Baylor
  • Tied his season high with five catches against Oklahoma State with 41 yards and a long of 12 yards
  • Had three catches for 33 yards, a touchdown and a long of 17 yards against Maryland
  • Grabbed a season-high four catches against Liberty and finished second on the team with 78 yards receiving
  • Finished third on the team with 55 receiving yards against Georgia Southern

2014 (Sophomore)

  • Played in 13 games and started four
  • Had 24 catches for 346 yards and two touchdowns
  • Saw action on 572 plays, including 482 on offense
  • Season-high 85 plays at Maryland
  • Hauled in his second TD of the season at Iowa State, catching a 15-yard pass from Skyler Howard 
  • Finished with a season-high 72 yards on four catchesed, against Kansas State, including season-long catch of 29 yards
  • Grabbed season-long catch of 23 yards at Texas Tech
  • Earned first start of the season at Maryland 
  • Caught first score of the season at Maryland, an 11-yard connection with Clint Trickett
  • Made season-best catch of 21 yards against Towson

2013 (Freshman)

  • Played in 12 games and started nine at wide receiver
  • Also used on special teams
  • Tied for team lead with 45 receptions
  • Had five or more catches in six games
  • Third on squad with 495 yards and had two touchdowns
  • Ranked No. 14 in the Big 12 in receptions per game and No. 22 in receiving yards
  • Ranked No. 19 in the Big 12 Conference in receiving yards per game 
  • Caught a game-high six passes at Kansas
  • Led WVU with six catches for a career-high 98 yards at TCU
  • Season-best catch of 38 yards at TCU
  • Grabbed three catches at Kansas State
  • Career day against Texas Tech, catching a game-best nine passes for a team-best 78 yards
  • First Mountaineer to catch at least nine passes since Stedman Bailey (11 vs. Kansas, 12/1/12)
  • Caught a career-long 28-yard catch at Baylor
  • Caught a team-best five catches for 32 yards vs. Oklahoma State
  • WVU Offensive Champion: Georgia State
  • Made five catches, including two touchdowns, for a game-best 88 yards vs. Georgia State
  • First Mountaineer to catch at least two TDs in a game since Stedman Bailey (vs. Syracuse, 12/29/12)
  • First career TD reception, a 21-yard catch in the first quarter vs. Georgia State, also was first career TD pass for Ford Childress
  • Hauled in a team-best seven catches in his WVU debut vs. William & Mary, including a long of 15
  • Enrolled at West Virginia in January 2013

High School

  • Coached by Dwayne Thomas at Eastern Christian Academy
  • Played in three games in 2012, recording 16 catches for 342 yards, an average of 21.4 yards per reception, and four touchdowns
  • Previously lettered for three seasons at Red Lion Christian Academy


  • Birthday is October 6
  • Son of Daikiel Jr., and Kheesha Shorts
  • One of four children
  • Majoring in communication studies
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Daikiel Shorts Jr.: WVU's Mr. Third Down

By John Antonik | December 25, 2016

ORLANDO - When you are as consistent as Daikiel Shorts Jr. has been during his outstanding four-year career at West Virginia University, it’s no wonder Shorts has become the Mountaineers’ Mr. Third Down.

Life As A Mountaineer: Daikiel Shorts Jr.

By Sean Merinar | October 20, 2016

In this week's Life As A Mountaineer, we take an inside look at senior wide receiver Daikiel Shorts Jr. Life As A Mountaineer is courtesy of Panhandle Cleaning and Restoration.

Iron Mountaineer Award Winners

By Mike Montoro | April 23, 2016

WVU football players Darrien Howard, Tyler Orlosky, Daikiel Shorts and Elijah Wellman received the Iron Mountaineer Award at the Gold-Blue Spring Football Game