The 2012 season may not have kicked off in the fashion Kendall Short and his teammates at Shawnee (KS) Mill Valley may have liked - with a 29-0 defeat at the hands of of Manhattan (KS) High - but neither does it spell doom the rest of the way.
"We made a lot of big mistakes that we shouldn't have made," Short said. "There was a lot of lack of focus. But it's Week One, and it's not going to make or break the season. We've got to play better in Weeks 7, 8 and 9."
At 6-foot-2 and 210 pounds, short is a big, bruising tailback with excellent speed in the open field. Northern Illinois saw his potential early and jumped all over him with an offer, which he accepted in mid-June.
However, Short played just a handful of games as a junior last season, after being sidelined with an injury. Now fully healthy, he's decided to open things back up on the recruiting trail.
Lately, Bowling Green has been in contact, as have a handful of D-2 programs and one from the Big 12 - the University of Kansas. He'll visit Lawrence, Kan. unofficially with his parents today, as the Jayhawks kick off their 2012 season versus South Dakota State.
"I've talked to Coach (Tim) Grunhard," Short explained. "And he e-mailed me earlier this week and said ‘We have three tickets if you want to come to the game with you and your parents.' And of course I took the deal."
"Coach (Charlie) Weis is a great coach and even though they haven't had many great seasons recently, I know any college can change its way," he later added. "I have faith KU can do that, and they're an up-and-coming school."