Noah Short rises up and brings down a pass from Bryson Daily.
It was only the second week of Army spring practice but the highlight play could be see a sign of what’s to come for the freshman.
Short returned from Christmas break to the news from linebackers coach John Loose that he was moving to offense in Army’s new shotgun scheme. He was pumped for the switch from the hybrid apache (linebacker/defensive back) to a slot receiver/running back.
“I was thrilled to find out about it,” Short said. “I’m one of those guys that’s whatever I can do to help the team. I know speed is one of my strengths so with the new offense and coach Thatcher, I was super excited. Whatever I can do to help the team.”
Short, one of Army’s faster players, earn playing time on special teams, making an impact in his first season. Short’s burst through the line and punt block for a touchdown was a game-changing play in Army’s season-ending, double-overtime win over Navy.
Going to offense takes Short back to high school days at The King’s Academy in the San Jose, Calif. area. Short rushed for 1,051 yards and nine touchdowns and caught 32 passes for six more scores during his prep career, according to MaxPreps.
“I did play running back in high school,” Short said. “We didn’t go to the spread much so we didn’t have a true slot position. But, I did carry the ball quite a bit so it’s not too ancient to me.”
Short believes Army’s change from a triple option to shotgun attack is “definitely a change but I think it’s for the better.”
“It’s definitely more shotgun that what we’ve done in the past,” Short said. “We are opening it up more. At the same time, we still have that same mentality to run the ball. The offensive line is doing great. A lot of the returning running backs are running the ball just as hard as they did in the old offense. As far as slot position, it’s pretty versatile. We have to block on the perimeter and we are running a lot of routes.”
Those routes, the throws from Daily and Army’s quarterbacks hopefully amount to big plays for the Black Knights this fall.