Kansas corner Kevin Short fired up

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After being declared ineligible two nights before last year’s season-opener, Kansas University junior cornerback Kevin Short is so excited about the season ahead he can barely stand it.

“It was hard to sit out,” Short said earlier this month during his first meeting with the media. “I was mad at first. … It was unfair, to me, because I did all that (academic) work in the summertime, and I got here.”

In the months that followed, Short focused on improving his technique, getting stronger and becoming a good teammate. Even as he improved in all of those areas, the disappointment never quite left him.

“It took me probably the whole season,” he said. “But I had to get over it to better myself. Coach (Reggie) Mitchell and his son (grad assistant Kaeman) kept me focused and level-headed.”

With the rocky past behind him and nothing but opportunity ahead, Short, a former Fort Scott Community College player, said he was eager to make up for lost time.

“I’m ready to get it going,” he said. “It’s close now. I see the light.”

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