Brandon Short attended Penn State during the hey day of the mid-to-late ‘90s, when Penn State was regularly in the national title discussion. Hailing from McKeesport, PA, Brandon was a two-sport athlete, lettering in football and basketball.
Short saw the field as a true freshman in the first game of the season against Texas Tech before breaking a bone in his foot and missing the rest of the season. As a sophomore, Brandon started every game, leading the team with 12 tackles for loss, adding in 3.5 sacks, a forced fumble and fumble recovery, a blocked field goal, and two passes defended.
As a junior, Short finished fourth on the team in tackles, adding 12 TFLs, 2.5 sacks, and an interception. He was named defensive MVP in the Citrus Bowl. In his last season, Brandon led the team in tackles, adding 15 TFLs and 5.5 sacks, earning him first-team All-Big Ten honors, as well as being named a semi-finalist for the Butkus Award.
The duo of Brandon Short and LaVar Arrington comprised one of the more fearsome tandems to play at Linebacker U, striking fear in the hearts of opposing offensive coordinators. Here’s hoping some of the linebackers on the current roster can rise to assume the mantle left behind by Brandon and other greats at LBU!
43 more days!